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Longitude (2000)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  2 January 2000 (UK)
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Parallel stories: 18th century Harrison builds the marine chronometer for safe navigation at sea; 20th century Gould is obsessed with restoring it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Coy ...
Adm. Sir Cloudsley Shovell
Christopher Hodsol ...
Capt. Ainsley
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Rupert Gould
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Army Doctor
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Elizabeth Harrison
John Nettleton ...
Minister for the Navy
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John Harrison
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Sir Charles Pelham
Liam Jennings ...
Young William Harrison
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Muriel Gould
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Adm. Wagner
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Estate Manager
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John Campbell
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Capt. Proctor
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Sir Edmund Halley
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In the 18th century, the only way to navigate accurately at sea was to follow a coastline all the way, which would not get you from Europe to the West Indies or the Americas. Observing the sun or stars would give you the latitude, but not the longitude unless done in conjunction with a clock that would keep time accurately at sea, and no such clock existed. After one too many maritime disasters due to navigational errors, the British Parliament set up a substantial prize for a way to find the longitude at sea. The film's main story is that of craftsman John Harrison: he built a clock that would do the job, what we would now call a marine chronometer. But the Board of Longitude was biased against this approach and claiming the prize was no simple matter. Told in parallel is the 20th century story of Rupert Gould, for whom the restoration of Harrison's clocks to working order became first a hobby, then an obsession that threatened to wreck his life. Written by Anonymous

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During the entire movie, when H1 is seen, the ticking that can be heard belongs to H3. The actual H1 and H2 tick in a rather dull way, but H3 is instantly recognizable, which is probably why its sound was used for H1 and H2 too. H4 appears to use the correct sound. See more »

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William Harrison: Taking that into account, there's a possible error in the longitude of less than half a degree.
Captain Bourke: Let me be the first to congratulate you.
[He starts to pour Harrison a drink.]
William Harrison: No, thank you. I'm already drunk. All my life -- my father's life -- has been for this moment. Listen: if the watch stops now, sir, so does my heart, for there will be no proof of its achievement. *Half* a degree -- we've won the prize, captain, we've won the prize!
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great masterpiece
15 November 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I ran into this at late night on A&E a couple of years ago. Although I missed about 30 minutes of the beginning part, I immediately got 'glued' to TV by the casts' great performance, great story line, and its historical-correct setting.

As a side note, Sir Isaac Newton (1642--1727) was in the same era as in the time setting of the story. I wonder if Sir Isaac Newton had ever involved with this 'board of longitude' ;)


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