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Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003)
"Hornblower: Loyalty" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  2 December 2003 (USA)
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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 With his ship, the Retribution, laid up and his promotion to Commander rescinded as a result, he finds himself a poor Lieutenant in a peace time navy.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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The brown and beige floral print day dress worn by Barbara Flynn (Mrs. Mason) is the same costume Georgine Anderson (Mrs. Croft) wears at Barton Cottage in Persuasion (1971). See more »

Goofs

Almost certainly the result of deliberate chuckles by the film makers, two filler scenes showing ships under way with crew members scurrying around have voice-overs calling orders that make no sense. The first is "Splice the mizzen!", which can't happen because the mizzen is the third (back) mast on the sloop being shown and a splice is a means of joining or adding a loop to a rope (not that many pieces of rope are called 'ropes' on a sailing ship!). The second is "Weigh the sails!", which is equally goofy because sails can be 'handed', 'reefed', 'sheeted', 'brailed' and lots of other things, but only anchors are 'weighed' when they're taken up as in "anchor's a-weigh, Sir!", and even that the ship is now 'under weigh'. See more »

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Styles: How do you make coffee?
Matthews: Do I look like a cook? You and your big mouth!
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Follows Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998) See more »

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TV Pablum
3 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening credits note "based on the stories by C. S. Forester". In the interest of fairness, it should say "very loosely based...". I happened across this on tonight and am appalled for Forester's sake. How A&E takes a well-written intelligent drama and turns it into such stupid melodrama that has only a faintly passing relationship to the actual story is beyond my comprehension. Spielberg once said to his crew in regard to a tv-movie he was making, "This is TV folks - Tender Vittles. We have to make it simple for them." Obviously the A&E folks studied at his school of pablum. Certainly this series is entertaining on some level, but don't for a minute think you know the Hornblower story based on seeing it. Call it something else and not Hornblower if they're going to change it so radically. For me, I'm angry, as I hoped to see Forester's great stories given a good treatment.


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