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Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters.

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Moultrie Kelsall ...
Lt. Crystal (as M.Kelsall)
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2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
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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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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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Early in the film we are told that the ship is low on drinking water. One of the sailors steals water from the water barrel and, when the bosun finds him, he merely knocks the sailor down. Under British Navy law at the time the sailor would have been flogged, receiving at least twenty-four strokes. 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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An entertaining sea epic with Peck at the helm
9 January 1999 | by (Great Neck, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a superior technicolor sea epic with Gregory Peck as a British Fleet captain during the Napoleonic Wars. Fine sea battle sequences top off this entertaining story of this Captain away from his wife at sea who also meets a beautiful British lady (Virginia Mayo) whom he must return to England in safety.


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