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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  10 April 1951 (UK)
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.

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Lady Barbara Wellesley
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Moultrie Kelsall ...
Lt. Crystal (as M.Kelsall)
Terence Morgan ...
2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
James Kenney ...
Midshipman Longley
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Seaman Quist (as James R.Justice)
Denis O'Dea ...
RAdm. Sir Rodney Leighton
Richard Hearne ...
Polwheal (Hornblower's Batman)
Michael Dolan ...
Surgeon Gundarson
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Mr. Harrison (Bosun)
Alan Tilvern ...
Hernandez
Alec Mango ...
El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)
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Spanish Captain
John Witty ...
Capt. Entenza
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In 1807, Captain Horatio Hornblower leads his ship the HMS Lydia on a perilous voyage around Cape Horn and into the Pacific. The men, even his officers, don't know exactly where he is leading them. England is at war with Napoleon and everyone wonders why they have been sent so far from the action. They eventually arrive on the Pacific coast of Central America where the HMS Lydia has been sent to arm Don Julian Alvarado, who is planning an attack against France's Spanish allies on the North American continent. The hope is that Alvarado's forces will require the French to divert some of their military resources to North American defense in the aid of their Spanish allies. He arrives to learn that a Spanish Galleon is en route and he no sooner captures it and hands it over to Alvarado that he learns the Spanish are now England's allies and he must take it from Alvarado. He also gets a very comely passenger in the form of Lady Barbara Wellesley, sister of the Duke of Wellington. The ... Written by garykmcd

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Alexander Davion's role was curtailed because of a schedule clash with another project so his scenes were given to various other actors. See more »

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During the conference on Rear Admiral Leighton's flagship, there are four officers who are supposedly the captains of the admiral's four ships of the line. However; two wear the single epaulette of a commander or (non-post) captain. No officer with a rank of less than post captain would normally be assigned as the commanding officer of a ship of the line. See more »

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Narrator: In the year Eighteen Hundred and Seven, a small ship of the Royal Navy set sail from England for a secret destination. With five million French and Spanish soldiers poised on the Continent under Napolean, nothing could save England from invasion except her 300 ships. HMS Lydia was soon far beyond battle-charged Europe. Under the most secret of sealed orders, she sailed for southern waters, fought her way around the Horn... headed north again into the Pacific. For seven months, she ...
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In the Age Of Sail, there was no one better . . . .
15 January 1999 | by (Fayetteville, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Adapted from C.S. Forester's saga, this movie condenses three of his novels from the Napoleonic era into a fine movie well worth watching. From the first few minutes of music and opening narrative where we first meet Hornblower (a captain of steel who uses his brains to defeat his enemies), the audience is hooked. Peck, in one of his best performances, plays the lead role to perfection in every way, right down to Hornblower's trademark "Ha - h'm." Mayo is well cast as Lady Barbara (the Duke of Wellington's sister) who manages to get under Hornblower's skin with the help of Cupid's arrows. This film deftly blends an array of fine performances, excellent camerawork, beautiful scenery, Robert Farnon's spirited musical score, and well- choreographed ship battle sequences into a brilliant work of art that will leave audiences - and fans of Forester's series - wanting to see it again. An excellent choice!


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