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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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According to the Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester, Hornblower was tone deaf and would have heard music as noise. He also suffered from seasickness until he got his sea legs. 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 »

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Midshipman Archie Kennedy: His majesty's ship of the line Justinian, known elsewise among her intimates as the good ship Slough of Despond.
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Heart of Oak
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Wonderfully done...
29 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Okay, these movies should fare good if these were on the big screen. Well-written adventure stories about a handsome young hero going out to save the British navy from many problems. He knows his duty and he's one of the most clever officers in the British navy. The actors and actresses also have the British accent and feel to prove it. Their remaking of the Indefagitable was wonderfully done, spectacularly! Hornblower pulls off some clever stunts. The brutality of the conflicts were done well. Ioan Gruffudd is excellent at the character of Hornblower himself! He's one brave fellow!


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