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Mike Cullen (screenplay)
C.S. Forester (novels)
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11 April 1999 (USA) See more »
While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Andrew Grieve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Cullen  screenplay
C.S. Forester  novels

Produced by
Andrew Benson .... producer
Pavel Douvidzon .... associate producer: Russia
Delia Fine .... executive producer
Vernon Lawrence .... executive producer
Stepan Pojenian .... associate producer: Russia
Peter Richardson .... line producer
Cinematography by
Neve Cunningham (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
Production Design by
Andrew Mollo 
Art Direction by
Mike Joyce 
Set Decoration by
Christian Huband 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Kevin Alexander .... hair stylist
Kevin Alexander .... makeup artist
Christine Allsopp .... hair department head
Christine Allsopp .... makeup department head
Veyatie MacLeod .... hair stylist
Veyatie MacLeod .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lorraine Goodman .... production supervisor
Philip Leach .... executive in charge of production
Andrew Wood .... production manager
Tatyana Shakhgeldyan .... production manager: Russia (uncredited)
Sasha Stratievsky .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Viktor Taranov .... production manager: Russia (uncredited)
Sasha Voronin .... unit manager (uncredited)
Yulia Zhuravleva .... assistant production manager: Russia (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Valentina Plugaru .... assistant director
Art Department
Gerry Graham .... painter
Dean Hawley .... painter
Brian Henry .... property master
Mickey Spence .... plasterer
Alan Sprawson .... stand-by carpenter
Ilia Iovu .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ian Murray .... supervising rigger (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Crouch .... dubbing editor
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (uncredited)
Dave Sloss .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Aikman .... special effects assistant: pyro supervisor
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects senior technician: model unit
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician: model unit (uncredited)
Dima Stesenko .... special effects supervisor: russian crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roy Field .... director of photography: model unit
Martin Gutteridge .... model unit director
Mark Thomas-Stubbs .... digital effects
Oleg Botin .... stunts
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Mead .... grip
Editorial Department
Matthew Tucker .... assistant film editor
Marc Eskenazi .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Oleg Gres .... unit transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Vladimir Skakun .... unit transportation coordinator: Russia (uncredited)
Other crew
Anna Callaghan .... production assistant
Dani Gordon .... assistant to producer
Pauline Granby .... production accountant
Amanda Lean .... script supervisor
Gerry Savage .... unit nurse
Adele Steward .... production coordinator
Chris Tarry .... assistant accountant
Zinaida Kravchenko .... production accountant (uncredited)
Teodor Matveev .... army supervisor: Russia (uncredited)
Lina Merculova .... production coordinator: Russia (uncredited)
Yulia Zhuravleva .... production assistant: Russia (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant" - UK (original title)
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the examination, Captain Foster describes a situation "with Dover bearing north two miles" and a "nor'easterly wind" that "veers four points". That would put the wind at east, but Hornblower is told that he would have Dover under his lee, whereas he would, at worst, have Folkestone under his lee and that eight miles off. Unless the wind were to veer a further twelve points at gale force, the tide would never put a dismasted vessel anywhere near Dover.See more »
[the aristocratic Mr. Tapling is assigned Cook's Mate on the quarantine voyage, and is helping the Steward to butcher a bullock]
Tapling:This is without question the most revolting experience of my entire life.
Steward:It has its advantages, sir.
Tapling:None that I can see.
Steward:The man with the hatchet gets to pick the choicest cuts.
Tapling:Indeed... show me.
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Tests, 13 October 2013
Author: Grann-BachB from Denmark

Horatio(portrayed well by Gruffudd, imbuing him with a strong sense of justice, and a smart, outside-of-the-box approach) will be taking the examination for lieutenant. Before that, however, he and the rest of the crew of the Indefatigable suffer under halved rations - the Spanish cease their neutrality in the British/French war, and supply ships are a favored target. When a situation already on the edge of survival sees its few resources disappearing, how will the men cope?

The many dangers and risks of sea-faring continue to be explored, both those that come from the outside and the ones from the inside(not everyone can handle less food). All of the acting and character-writing is compelling, rendering everyone a human being, no one is a mere "type". This is impressive for how many are in the cast - of course not everyone gets equal time for development, but no one is presented as a caricature.

The filming and editing is superb - perspective is used well and the level of detail, the way everything has both a setup and a payoff is impressive. This is highly realistic. It doesn't shy away from the nasty stuff. The themes are strong: human relationships, respect, inner strength, etc.

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

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