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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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One of the ships used for the film was "The Grand Turk" which is a working replica of a 1790s man-o-war that makes yearly trips throughout Europe and winters in the city of Whitby, England. It was specially built for 'Hornblower', and painted black and buff on one side, and black and red on the other, so that it could double as a British or French ship, depending on the angle it was filmed from. 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 Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (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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1 December 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I viewed this show with some trepidation, as the name Hornblower to me (as with many others) is synonymous with Gregory Peck. But this is a different Hornblower and the magic is very much the same - fancy uniforms, good guys and bad guys, lots of sailing ships and lot of blood and thunder. What more can one ask for?

Add to this an excellent cast, from the principals down and you come up with a rip roaring piece of entertainment. The producers on the whole avoided the urge to "modernise" the story, the speech and demeanour of all concerned rang true, this in itself is worthy of note.

So, if like me , you were reluctant to see this show as you didn't want your memories of the Peck movie spoilt - do take the opportunity if it comes to your screen again. It is a classic example of when the British do something well, they do it extra well - Recommended.


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