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Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999)
"Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  25 April 1999 (USA)
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Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

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Hornblower is called to take a company of British troops (which the sailors call lobsters because of their red coats) and a company of French nationalists to France to fight in the revolution. But Hornblower is horrified by the brutality of the French commander as he guillotines everyone in a village that destroyed his former home and his unwillingness to take part in the actual battles. However, when the commander and his men set out to rape and brutalize a young school teacher, Hornblower vows his protection of her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The guillotine used for the execution scenes was designed, built and supervised by a local Portuguese magician. See more »

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The story is based on the Quiberion Expedition of 1795, albeit loosely. Captain Sir Edward Pellew quotes "As idle as a painted ship/Upon a painted ocean" from S T Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner. This poem was not published until 1798 (in Lyrical Ballards). See more »

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Captain Pellew: As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.
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TV at its finest
20 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

The entire Hornblower series is flat-out terrific, filling in a void in the swashbuckling genre. This episode, "The Frogs and the Lobsters" -- called "The Wrong War" here in the States -- is not the best of the series (there's stiff competition at that), but it's still an outstanding episode and a fitting end (for now) to the saga. Everything in the series looks right, even down to the little details; and besides being extraordinarily entertaining the "Hornblowers" smartly deal with themes like honor and integrity in a way that is thought-provoking and never quaint. Well-deserving of its emmy award for Best Miniseries. As Captain Pellew, the brilliant Robert Lindsay deserved a supporting actor nom as well.


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