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Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998)

Hornblower: The Even Chance (original title)
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

The Indefatigable is portrayed as a 22-gun corvette, with 12-pounder main guns. In reality she was a 44-gun heavy frigate with 24-pounder main guns. See more »

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Midshipman Jack Simpson: I'm senior here. The ship is mine.
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: Lieutenant Eccleston instructed me to take command. You heard him, Mr. Bowles.
Master Bowles: Mr. Simpson is senior, Mr. Hornblower.
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: Styles, Matthews, confine Mr. Simpson below.
Master Bowles: Mr. Hornblower...
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: You heard me! Mr. Simpson is under close arrest.
Midshipman Jack Simpson: Who do you think you are! I have command here! The ship is mine! And any man, ANY MAN stands against me... he will regret it. Now get to work shoring up this damage.
[Nobody moves]
Midshipman Jack Simpson: Get back to work, do you hear? I have command!
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: [calmly]
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Connections

Followed by Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) See more »

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Heart of Oak
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Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
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One of the all time great seafaring adventures!
22 January 2004 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

I Have just finished watching the entire series of Hornblower and must say that few seafaring adventures can beat it.It ranks up there with the original Mutiny on the Bounty,The Sea Hawk and Master And Commander as one of the greatest of its kind. Ioan Gruffudd is perfectly cast as young Hornblower,a seasick midshipman who tranforms gradually into a courageous leader of men. Robert Lindsay offers great support as Capt.Edward Pellew,one of the most important characters in the story who guides Hornblower along his journeys.Jamie Bamber,Paul Copley and Sean Gilder are all excellent as Hornblower's loyal shipmates. Ireally can't pick any one episode as they are all magnificent.I also liked Paul McGann who portrays Lt.Bush. All in all i just hope that in the future their will be more parts to this truly brilliant adventure series!!! EASILY 10 OUT OF 10 !


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