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Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998)
"Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  11 April 1999 (USA)
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While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.

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Still serving aboard the HMS Indefatigable, Horatio Hornblower has been promoted to acting Lieutenant. Neutral Spain has concluded a peace treaty with France and the British now have another enemy to face. They soon come across a sunken British supply ship and rescue its Captain, 'Dreadnought' Foster, a man with a reputation for bravery that some consider borders on foolishness. Hornblower is also pleased to learn that Captain Pellew has scheduled him for the next round of Lieutenants exams. Tempers are short with the crew after they are put on half rations due to the lack of supplies. After acquiring more supplies, Hornblower finds himself in charge of a supply ship when it is feared that plague may also be aboard. He soon makes it to Gibraltar, but when the enemy send a fire ship into the harbor, he must act quickly to avert disaster. Written by garykmcd

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The real HMS Indefatigable was a 38 gun heavy frigate armed with 24 pounders plus six 42 pounder carronades for a total of 44 guns, razéed from a 64 gun Ardent class ship of the line, whereas it is represented here as a 20 gun post ship. See more »

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Lt. Bracegirdle: [Observing Hornblower as he stares out to sea] Something disturbs your thoughts, I fancy.
Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Just thinking of the distances we travel and yet how far we've still to sail as men.
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Brilliant!
12 February 2000 | by (Gorredijk, Friesland, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Although I am not anything like a history-buff, I must say that I loved watching Hornblower. Andrew Grieve did an amazing job. He turned, together with the writer, of course, C.S Forester's book into a completely understandable, exiting adventure. Ioan Gruffudd did a fantastic job playing Horatio Hornblower, but let's not forget the other cast members: Robert Lindsay, Sean Gilder, Colin MacLachlan and all the others were outstanding too. Together they made a wonderful story, which, although it happened about 300 years ago, is still incredibly up to date.


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