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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

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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Capt. Keene: Time, gentlemen. Now, let's see how you have fared with the problem set for you by Mister Bowles. Mister Simpson, we must all rejoice! The sources of the Nile have been discovered at last. Your ship, as far as I can make out from your illiterate scrawl, is in Central Africa.
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Followed by Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999) 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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Absolutely wonderful
14 July 2000 | by (Jerusalem, Israel) – See all my reviews

First of all, a note about the American titles for this mini-series: what's wrong with you people? Can't you leave a title alone? Or do you think your crowd is so dumb, they wouldn't understand the title that the makers gave it? Why did you have to change "The Even Chance" into "The Duel", for instance (and the other titles as well)? Translating a foreign title is one thing. Altering (and totally ruining) an existing title is something else.

And now to the comment: "Hornblower" is one of the best-made series I have ever seen. It's clever, it's interesting, it's really wonderful in all aspects possible. And Ioan Gruffudd is not only good looking, he's a good actor- a skill that most Hollywood stars unfortunately lack. Right now I have only seen the first two episodes, but I'm definitely not going to miss the other two.


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