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I am now addicted to Hornblower! This is one of the most realistic
historical dramas out there.
Everything in Hornblower is played to perfection, from the sets
(fantastic, towering ships) to the costumes to the cast. The actors
are all so believable in their roles that it's hard to pull yourself out
of that world. I had only flicked onto it by accident on TV, but I couldn't pull myself
away. I have to say, Ioan Gruffudd is one of the best British actors
around. If you haven't watched any of the series, well then, shame on you!
These two latest films are the continuing story of Ioan Gruffudd's Horatio
Hornblower, and they follow the first four films without fault. As I have
said earlier, I have yet to discover a person who has not enjoyed the series
Again, acting nods go to Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, and Jamie Bamber, yet these particular episodes are also to include Paul McGann as 2nd Lieutenant Bush, Nicholas Jones as 1st Lieutenant Buckland, and also Paul Copley and Sean Gilder in expanded roles as Hornblower's faithful shipmates. Jamie Bamber particularly did a wonderful job as poor Mr. Kennedy - such a terrible pity that he can not be found in very many movies.
I doubt you'll be disappointed with the series, I certainly wasn't, my friends weren't, my brothers weren't, and neither were my parents. They're good for all ages, so go out and see them at first opportunity!
We meet Hornblower(Gruffudd, with a strong sense of justice, though he
doesn't always make the right decisions) in prison - facing the charge
of mutiny! With the framing device securely put in place, the rest of
this is presented as one long flashback. Him and his men serve under
Capt. Sawyer(Warner, who renders the role explosively unpredictable,
going back and forth between unflinching determination, and resigning
confusion, in his eyes), who they gradually come to doubt the mental
well-being of. But the man is a hero! One of the most revered
commanders - and his own crew hold him in such high regard.
This is one of the most thrilling entries. With Sir Pellew(Lindsay, tough, but fair) no longer in charge of our heroes, the problem they face is at the top of their own ranks. This explores potential problems with the military where each post has the hands necessary to run it - what if just a few vital ones fail to live up to their responsibility? The filming(barely ever letting slip that this was made for TV), editing, writing, acting, production values(just look at those ships!), richness in detail, realism, all superb. Themes explored include the enemy within, loyalty, rules, leadership, and acceptance.
There is some disturbing, bloody, brutal and violent content in this. I recommend this to fans of drama. 8/10
I didn't see the A&E movie when it first came out and missed part two the second, so have bought the video from Amazon.com. This is true adventure with enough action to keep the suspence continual. My husband has read several of the books and both forms of the stories are excellent. A great cast and the sight of the beautiful sailing vessels in full rigging -- I'd forgotten how much I love them. I recommend this movie to everyone of any age.
This is another beautiful example how A&E Networks knows exactly how to
a proper period movie. A top notch script, excellent sets and brilliant
members make this one of the most polished television movies made in recent
years. Star Ioan Gruffudd shines in the lead role, showing true lead star
quality. I'm certain that he is on his way to bigger projects in his
Coupled with established actor David Warner and well-known face Paul McGann
(nice to see him doing more television after his abruptly cut-short turn in
"Doctor Who"), the cast flow through the excellent script with everything
they've got, not just acting the parts but expressing the feeling of the
Let's hope that this movie (and it's sequel "Retribution") are not the last we see of the Lydia and her crew. A&E could show other television networks exactly how to make a truly entertaining TV movie, something that seems lost to everyone else.
I have been eagerly awaiting the next installment of the Hornblower series since the first four came out two years ago. This movie doesn't disappoint! I can only wait for next Sunday to see the next one. Ioan Gruffudd has grown into the shoes of Forrester's legendary seaman and its really not hard to see how he eventually (in the book series) rises to Admiral of the Fleet. The man who plays Capt Sawyer provides a wonderful performance of a national hero unhinged by too many years at sea. As easy he is to hate, there are moments where you see him at the very brink of mental control and just about to fall over the edge (no pun intended) and feel maybe just a tad more sympathetic. (But don't think for a second I that I wasn't rooting for some "accident" to befall him). Congrats to Ioan Gruffudd and the rest of the cast and crew for a wonderful 5th Hornblower!
The Hornblower series are just as great as the books, great acting, nice scenes, and the series borders on the truth of that era. I hope they will continue with the Hornblower series. I like to say great job everybody but especially to Ioan Gruffod, Jamie Bamber, Robert Lindsay, Sean Gilder and Paul Copley.
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I have been following these since A&E first started making them. I have
always found them to be reasonably historically and nautically accurate.
However, I must say that I found the pacing a bit slow on this one.
because it is Part one of two? Ioan Gruffudd is great as always. Robert
Lindsay is always wonderful. And the chemistry these two actors have
achieved in this series is truly wonderful. Very much like that between a
father and son. David Warner is brilliant as the slightly crazed Capt.
See it if you like a good sea drama!
I have now seen all six of the A&E Hornblower series and find it one of the best produced series TV has ever done. I will say five and six were slow paced and moved more like a soap opera but the writing has been outstanding the cast is professional and superior in every way. The first four episodes rated 8 & 9 's in my book but these last two dropped a little to a 7 because of the pacing. Excellent family fare and I am sure everyone will find them entertaining.
Big budgeted Brit TV-series based on the books of C.S. Forester, set
the Napoleonic wars in the beginning of the 19th century.
Hornblower starts of as a midshipman and the series follows him as he climbs up through the ranks.
Only the British can make such a spectacular historical series. No costs or means have been spared to recreate life at sea in those times. Not much of CGI or whatvever, the ships and fight are all real. When Hornblower is trapped on a sinking ship, there is no money for some elaborater special effect so they just sink it for real. Plots are full of twists and turns and are never predictable. Series is very intelligently scripted, great charactarisation and humour is provided when needed.
It seems this series was the inspiration for US movie "Master and Commander" with Russel Crowe. It's the same theme, same era and nearly same plot. If you are familiar with the Hornblower series , Master and commander is almost a kind of rip-off, although it is based on another bookseries. Master and Commander is an OK movie but it just pales in comparison with this simply brilliant series. I think this is again proof that TV is getting better then cinema.
It is not the first adaptation of the CS Forester saga on Hornblower . In 1952 Hollywood made a very worthy effort with "Hornblower" by cramming three books into one movie. Starring Gregory Peck as Hornblower and Virginia Mayo as the love interest. Directed by actionspecialist Raoul Walsh, it's a real winner.
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