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Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999)
"Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  18 April 1999 (USA)
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Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the enemy while escorting a Duchess who has secrets of her own.

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Hornblower captures the French vessel, Le Reve, and is asked by Pellew to sail her back to England so that she can be outfitted for the English navy, and also, as a favor, to convey the unusual Duchess of Wharfedale back home. Unfortunately, Le Reve, Hornblower, the duchess and the crew are captured by the Spanish and imprisoned. There, Horatio finds Kennedy, wasted and hopeless from months in solitary. Against the odds, Horatio must find a way to escape with Kennedy, against Hunter's protests, and with the growing suspicion that the duchess may not be who she appears. Written by Kathy Li

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Hornblower is released from his solitary confinement in the underground cage, where he has been (presumably) for several days, yet he is clean shaven when returned to his shipmates. See more »

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Hornblower: How are you, Archie?
Kennedy: Hungry.
Hornblower: Great, I will have the innkeeper send you some food. Ham and eggs, possibly. Some trout...
Kennedy: Horatio, there is something I have to tell you...
Hornblower: Oh, don't you worry about anything. Let's just get you back your feet, eh?
Kennedy: The duchess isn't a duchess. Cleopatra laying at Mark Antony's feet, maybe. Cleopatra, Macbeth, Gertrude. But she is no duchess.
Hornblower: Archie, what are you talking about?
Kennedy: She is an actress. Her name is Catherine Cobham.
Hornblower: You're mistaken.
Kennedy: No, I'm not. Drury Lane...
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Dangerous waters
15 October 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Hornblower(Gruffudd, showing a strong sense of honor) is escorting a Duchess(Lunghi, a woman who speaks her mind), when his luck seems to start running out - he and his men are captured and imprisoned. He maintains his composure, and plans an escape. But will his men keep trusting him to take care of the situation? Things are made no better by midshipman Hunter(Fulford, a man of short temper) second-guessing the acting lieutenant's decisions, and a surprise or two are revealed while our friends are captives.

This goes into the application of force and a direct approach, vs. the use of wit and outsmarting the enemy, to solve conflicts. As in the film immediately prior to this, there is no "villain", it is merely a question of a difference of perspective, and, as usual, everyone is a fleshed out human being. Performances, production values, filming(very little reveals that it's made for TV), stunt work, realism(with small details that say so much without being obvious), all highly impressive.

This takes risks by confining its cast, and thus the audience, to a single location, a jail, for the vast majority of the running time. While there are tense situations, and not everything looks bad, this does recreate the tedious nature of such an existence, and a palpable sense of hopelessness, of never being able to get out. Themes gone into include strength of character, duty, nobility, etc.

There is disturbing, brutal and bloody violent content in this. I recommend this to any fan of drama. 8/10


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