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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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Captain Pellew's line, "As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean," is a quotation from the second part of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge. It was first published, anonymously, in 1798. See more »

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Major Edrington tells Hornblower in Plymouth that the detachment he commands is from the 95th of Foot. Given Hornblower has now passed his Lieutenant board, this sets the episode around 1800-03, according to the books, by which time the 95th had been reformed as a rifle company, wearing green uniforms and using the Baker rifle, whereas Edrington's men are in the standard infantry's more usual red, with the British Pattern musket. This timing, though, validates the Ancient Mariner quotation by Pellew. However, if this was the Quiberon invasion of 1795, as posited elsewhere, the 95th of the time were en route to the Cape of Good Hope. But the Ancient Mariner is ruled out. See more »

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Captain Pellew: As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.
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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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