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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 »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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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 
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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"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 »
Tapling:A new acquaintance with the cuts of a bullock and the worth of full bellies for the men. Such knowledge will serve me well.See more »
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
If America only knew how good this was., 17 April 2002
Author: TexasRedge from Kingsport, Tennessee

If America only knew how good this was,it would be the highest rated Made-For-TV movie series of all time(hard to believe there are more people out there that would rather watch "The Columbo Mysteries" than Horatio Hornblower- that just goes to show the power of major network name-brand advertising.

The Hornblower movie series has been television at its finest. I have seen all 6 of the A&E Horatio Hornblower movies,"The Duchess and the Devil" is my favorite of the 6 films. However I tune in to A&E everytime they air a new Hornblower movie. So far all 6 movies have been based on the Horatio Hornblower adventure novels written by C.S. Forester(the same author who wrote African Queen). Each Movie chronicles the on-going adventures of Horatio Hornblower who is a Brittish Lt. in the Brittish Navy during the late 1790's-to early 1800's during the Napoleonic era in Europe. I sincerly believe that each one of these 6 Films has been good enough to have shown at the movie theaters,if the producers had wanted to. Unlike other Made-For-TV films,The Hornblower films do not have that Made-For-TV feeling to them,like most television movies have.

A common misconception that people who havent seen these movies have is that all 6 of these films go to gether as a mini-series- that is not true. The Hornblower movies are not a mini-series,all 6 of these films are individual movies about the same charactor- with all the same actors playing the same roles in each film(EXAMPLE:think of the James Bond films-They are not sequels, but they are all about the adventures of James Bond- that same principle applies to the Hornblower movies) I give the entire Horatio Hornblower movie series 5 out of 5 stars. Its Perfect entertainment- but you cant please everyone, so for those of you dont like epic battleship battles,historic style drama,high stakes adventure, and danger on the high seas,if you dont like stuff like that-there is always Columbo re-run for you to watch.

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