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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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Acting Lt. Archie Kennedy: Keep your head or you will lose it!
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Followed by Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) See more »

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Based on the C.S. Forester classics
3 May 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The last (well, I hope not) in an extremely high-quality series following the travails of the honorable 18th-century naval officer, Horatio Hornblower. Performances and writing are exceptional, and so are the lessons that we (and Horatio) learn in this episode.


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