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Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998)
"Hornblower: The Even Chance" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  4 April 1999 (USA)
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Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

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Midshipman Horatio Hornblower joins the British fleet just as the French Revolution is about to change European history. But he has worries closer to home as he incurs the wrath of a shipmate named Simpson, a bully who everyone else avoids and placates. Events lead to a duel, but one of Hornblower's mates takes his place and is killed. At war with France, Hornblower and Simpson are assigned different ships, but are reunited when Simpson's ship is sunk. Events lead to another duel with different results. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Trivia

Inside the Grand Turk is a shrine to the Hornblower series with lots of references to the TV show. Also on display on the lower deck are the nameplates for the "Indefatigable", the ship it portrayed in the first four programs. See more »

Goofs

Whenever a cannon is fired, there is hardly any recoil whereas a real gun would fly back at least six feet immediately. This is a result of using enough powder to have a muzzle flash, but not produce any recoil. This was corrected in later movies in the series by having the guns move back the proper distance when fired. See more »

Quotes

Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: [on the French schooner] Matthews?
Matthews: Aye, sir?
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: You've the longest service, I believe.
Matthews: Aye, sir. Eighteen years, sir.
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: Very well, I'll rate you Petty Officer.
Matthews: [surprised] Aye-aye, sir. Uh...
[salutes]
Matthews: Thank you, sir.
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Lyrics by David Garrick
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Great entry to the series!!!
21 January 2000 | by (Antwerpen, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Hornblower: The Even Chance is a great entry to the four made for television movies! Its production value is outstanding starting with the original ships, costumes, cities... and ending with the very convincing battles at sea! This is one of the rare cases where CGI is very clever put to use! Ioan Gruffudd is an excellent choice as Horatio Hornblower! You believe immediately that he is the character! Gruffudd is not a typical Hollywood handsome man but a traditional beautiful European(he is Irish from origin!) lad. Watching this movie makes an exceptional evening! Highly recommended!


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