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Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003)

Hornblower: Loyalty (original title)
Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.

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The war with France has been over for a year and Horatio Hornblower finds himself on land. With his ship, the Retribution, laid up and his promotion to Commander rescinded as a result, he finds himself a poor Lieutenant in a peace time navy. He has taken to playing cards to make a living. Luck presents itself in the form Sir Edward Pellew, his mentor and former commanding officer. Horatio soon finds himself again promoted to Commander and in charge of a sloop, the HMS Hotspur. He recruits his old shipmate Lt. Bush as his first officer, along with Matthews and Stiles. His task is to transport a French officer to the coast but once ashore, Horatio discovers the French amassing an invasion force. Once again at war, the men of the Hotspur are tasked to lead an advance force against a shore battery ahead of the British fleet. Hornblower soon realizes he has a traitor among his crew. In his personal life, he has to deal with the lovely Maria, his landlady's daughter who has taken quite a ... Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

The white and blue print gown Julia Sawalha (Maria) wears to church is the same costume worn by a gust at the Easter Ball in Wives and Daughters (1999). See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene entitled "Portsmouth 1803" when the camera pans from right to left, a rowboat can be seen rowing in the same direction, but when the camera pauses, the boat, actually a CGI effect, does not catch up to it and seemingly disappears. See more »

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Lieutenant Bush: [Mr. Bush has noticed that there is no mention of Horatio's smothering the fuse of a cannon ball] Sir, I hope you will not fail to mention the incident.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: It has been recorded in the log.
Lieutenant Bush: [reading] A five inch shot, fired from shore, landed on deck and failed to explode. Sir, that is not what happened.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: Was not a five inch shot fired from shore?
Lieutenant Bush: Yes, sir.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: Did it not land on deck?
Lieutenant Bush: Well, yes sir but...
Commander Horatio Hornblower: Did it perhaps explode without my noticing?
Lieutenant Bush: No, sir.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: Then my report is accurate.
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Follows Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) See more »

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1 November 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Peace has broken out. Of course, it's not certain it'll last. Not every Frenchman appreciates Napoleon, however - Major Côtard(Wise, solid as a pampered nobleman) will need transport, to meet with other friendlies, in his homeland. Hornblower(Gruffudd, driven by a sense of justice, yet not always virtuous) gets command(one of his first - he was granted the honor near the end of the war; in fact, he's had trouble making rent in his time on land) of the small ship charged with the task, and he brings in Bush(McGann, strict but not without sympathy). But some things don't seem to go as expected - could there be an enemy among the sparse crew?

This goes into themes of friendship, trust, discipline, and, yes, loyalty - what side one chooses, how that comes into play. It enters into the side plot, as well - our titular lead is in love with the daughter of his landlady, and the feeling is mutual. However, can he genuinely help her, and in what way? Explored again are negatives and positives of the navy, society and the like, of the period. Filming(seldom betraying that this was made for TV), editing, script, dialog, acting, humor, action, tension, all are compelling.

There is some bloody, disturbing violent content in this. I recommend this to any fan of drama and swashbuckling. 8/10


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