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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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Early in the movie Captain Pellew and Lieutenant Hornblower board their ship's boat to return to the ship. Pellew boards the boat before Hornblower. This is contrary to naval customs of the day (and present). The senior officer always boarded a boat last (and left it first). See more »

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Captain Pellew: As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.
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Fascinating detail brings the 18th century to life - you won't be able to look away.
27 April 1999 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

The "Horatio Hornblower" series has been a wonderful surprise. It is beautifully filmed, with enough period detail to make it seem real, while things are carefully explained to us so that it is not too obscure. We learn along with the new young officer Horatio. By the time of this, the fourth movie, he has developed confidence and values of his own, and they are sorely tested as he, a sailor, ends up in a French village contested by the Republicans and the Royalists. The performances are wonderful. I hope that there are more "Horatio's" in the works.


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