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C.S. Forester (novels)
Chris Ould (screenplay)
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25 April 1999 (USA) See more »
Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Andrew Grieve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
C.S. Forester  novels
Chris Ould  screenplay

Produced by
Andrew Benson .... producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer
Vernon Lawrence .... executive producer
Peter Richardson .... line producer
Cinematography by
Alec Curtis 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Minshull .... hair stylist (as Liz Minshull)
Elizabeth Minshull .... makeup artist (as Liz Minshull)
Art Department
Augusto Mayer .... art director: Portugal
Sound Department
Rudi Buckle .... production sound mixer
Colin Codner .... boom operator
Sue Lenny .... sound effects editor
Dave Sloss .... foley recordist
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist (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
Visual Effects by
Mark Thomas-Stubbs .... digital effects
Camera and Electrical Department
David Bourke .... best boy
Paul Donachie .... focus puller
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Jon Head .... grip
Micky May .... generator operator
Steve Murray .... camera operator
Jamie Summers .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon Harmer .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Matthew Tucker .... first assistant editor
Marc Eskenazi .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jon Baker .... armorer
Jon Baker .... armourer supervisor
Anna Callaghan .... production assistant
Matt Cooke .... production runner
Dani Gordon .... assistant to producer
Pauline Granby .... production accountant
Amanda Lean .... script supervisor
Erhan Ozogul .... assistant accountant
Gerry Savage .... nurse
Adele Steward .... production coordinator
Chris Tarry .... assistant accountant

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Also Known As:
"Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters" - UK (original title)
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Brazil:100 min
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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 »
Errors in geography: The invasion is supposed to take place in Brittany (Bretagne), which has an oceanic climate, with abundant rain leading to a green countryside. However the location used for filming seems to be Mediterranean, warm and dry, dusty, and with typical vegetation (less grass, coniferous trees like pines), possibly Provence.See more »
Captain Pellew:As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
TV at its finest, 20 November 1999
Author: simpsonc2

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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