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Stephen Churchett (screenplay)
C.S. Forester (novel)
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3 December 2003 (USA) See more »
Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Andrew Grieve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Churchett  screenplay
C.S. Forester  novel "Horatio and the Hotspur"

Produced by
Andrew Benson .... producer
Michele Buck .... executive producer: Granada/LWT
Liz Bunton .... line producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer
Original Music by
John E. Keane  (as John Keane)
Cinematography by
Chris O'Dell 
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
Casting by
Susie Parriss 
Production Design by
Rob Harris 
Art Direction by
Stephen Campbell 
Paul Cross 
Peter Wenham 
Set Decoration by
Tina Jones 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
Makeup Department
Suzan Broad .... hair designer
Suzan Broad .... makeup designer
Maureen Hannaford-Naisbitt .... makeup artist
Joe Hopker .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gail Kennett .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Radford Neville .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dave Channon .... construction manager
Robert Channon .... scenic painter
Garry Dawson .... stand-by props
Katie Lee .... props buyer
Sound Department
James Bain .... sound maintenance
Rudi Buckle .... sound recordist
Enzo Cannatella .... sound effects editor
Michael Crouch .... supervising sound editor
Pietro Dalmasso .... assistant dubbing mixer
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Dave Sloss .... foley recordist
Mark Verner .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Alex Gurucharri .... special effects
Tom Harris .... special effects
Jeremy Lovett .... senior technician: model unit
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician: model unit
Visual Effects by
Phil Attfield .... digital effects supervisor
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Neil Cunningham .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunt arranger
Paul Kennington .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Abomnes .... first assistant camera
Christian Abomnes .... focus puller
Martin Cox .... electrician
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
James Foster .... second assistant camera
Vince Goddard .... gaffer
Gwilym Hoosen-Owen .... electrician
Nigel Stone .... director of photography: model unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe master
Barbara Rutter .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Simon Harris .... assistant film editor
Steve Lee .... assistant on-line editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... telecine colorist (as Vince Narduzzo)
Shane Warden .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Peter Foster .... runner
Linda Gibson .... script supervisor
Will Gould .... script editor
Rob Grundy .... supervising armorer
Martin Gutteridge .... director: model unit
Sasha Harris .... production coordinator
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Douglas Ray .... contact: London (as Douglas M. Ray)
Natalie Rogers .... assistant to producer
Derek Wax .... script executive
Marlea Willis .... senior unit publicist: A&E Network

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96 min

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The blue and white print gown worn by Julia Sawalha (Maria) to church is the same costume worn by a guest at the Easter Ball in "Wives and Daughters" (1999).See more »
Factual errors: Bush and Hornblower refer to the shell which Hornblower extinguished as a "five inch". The cannon was clearly no more than a 12 pound gun which would have had a bore diameter of about 3.7 inches. A five inch gun would have been too large to be easily moved by hand as shown in the scene.See more »
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew:You see things, sir, that others do not. One thing you do not question is your loyalty to your King. One day, Hornblower, you'll fight for more than England.
Commander Horatio Hornblower:What is there more than England?
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew:[He pointedly does not answer]
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Great series, 13 December 2014
Author: grantss from Sydney, Australia

A great series, based on the books by CS Forester.

The adventures of Horatio Hornblower, an officer in the Royal Navy at the start of the 19th century. The movies follow his rise up the ranks.

Very realistic in its actions, commands, uniforms, ships etc. Some great action and human drama.

Special effects are good, except for the explosions. Those seem very cheap and unrealistic.

The other area that seems unrealistic is Hornblower's home life. The relationship with Maria seems very clumsy and unnatural.

Great performance by Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role. This is surpassed by Robert Lindsay as Admiral Pellew. He provides the perfect mix of authority, gravitas, compassion and father-like doting.

Good support from Paul McGann as Lt Bush, Paul Copley as Matthews and Sean Gilder as Styles.

The biggest pity is that this movie is the last one they made, when there are several books left.

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