7.4/10
5,628
58 user 20 critic

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 10 April 1951 (UK)
Trailer
3:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
During the Napoleonic wars, a British Navy Captain has adventures in Central American waters.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screenplay), Ben Roberts (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In San Francisco in 1850, a Russian Countess runs away from an arranged marriage to a Russian Prince and falls into the arms of an American sea captain who occasionally poaches seals in Russian Alaska.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

During the 1700s, pirate Captain Vallo seizes a British warship and gets involved in various money-making schemes involving Caribbean rebels led by El Libre, British envoy Baron Jose Gruda, and a beautiful courtesan named Consuelo.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

Directors: Henry King, Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston
Adventure | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A U.S. Marshall and two deputies rescue a cattle rustler from a lynch mob led by a local cattle baron convinced that the rustler also killed his son.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar
Horatio Hornblower 3 (TV Movie 2003)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Antony Sher
Scaramouche (1952)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In France during the late 18th Century, a man sets out to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a master swordsman.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price
Hornblower: Mutiny (TV Movie 2001)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N
Virginia Mayo ... Lady Barbara Wellesley
Robert Beatty ... Lt. William Bush
Moultrie Kelsall ... Lt. Crystal (as M. Kelsall)
Terence Morgan ... 2nd Lt. Gerard (as T. Morgan)
James Kenney ... Midshipman Longley
James Robertson Justice ... Seaman Quist (as James R. Justice)
Denis O'Dea ... RAdm. Sir Rodney Leighton
Richard Hearne Richard Hearne ... Polwheal (Hornblower's Batman)
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Surgeon Gundarson
Stanley Baker ... Mr. Harrison (Bosun)
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Hernandez
Alec Mango ... El Supremo (Don Julian Alvarado)
Christopher Lee ... Spanish Captain
John Witty John Witty ... Capt. Entenza
Edit

Storyline

In 1807, Captain Horatio Hornblower leads his ship the HMS Lydia on a perilous voyage around Cape Horn and into the Pacific. The men, even his officers, don't know exactly where he is leading them. England is at war with Napoleon and everyone wonders why they have been sent so far from the action. They eventually arrive on the Pacific coast of Central America where the HMS Lydia has been sent to arm Don Julian Alvarado, who is planning an attack against France's Spanish allies on the North American continent. The hope is that Alvarado's forces will require the French to divert some of their military resources to North American defense in the aid of their Spanish allies. He arrives to learn that a Spanish Galleon is en route and he no sooner captures it and hands it over to Alvarado that he learns the Spanish are now England's allies and he must take it from Alvarado. He also gets a very comely passenger in the form of Lady Barbara Wellesley, sister of the Duke of Wellington. The ... Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The sun never sets on his world of adventure. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

10 April 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Horatio Hornblower See more »

Filming Locations:

Mediterranean Sea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Once the flogging of Seaman Hommel (Peter Morton) was complete, salt should have been spread over his back as a (painful, but necessary) antiseptic, hence the saying "rubbing salt in the wound" whenever one trauma follows another. See more »

Goofs

It's 1807, and when Hornblower invites his officers for dinner before they go to capture the Natividad, they toast the King while sitting down, rather than standing to do so. This privilege was only given to the Royal Navy after 1830 when William IV became King. He had been a Royal Navy officer for many years himself, and knew how cramped things were on a ship, making standing for a toast difficult. (The book makes a point of mentioning the fact that this practice was not allowed.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: In the year Eighteen Hundred and Seven, a small ship of the Royal Navy set sail from England for a secret destination. With five million French and Spanish soldiers poised on the Continent under Napolean, nothing could save England from invasion except her 300 ships. HMS Lydia was soon far beyond battle-charged Europe. Under the most secret of sealed orders, she sailed for southern waters, fought her way around the Horn... headed north again into the Pacific. For seven months, she ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Man Behind the Gun (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Only in technicolor can you get a sky like that!
31 March 1999 | by Fred-156See all my reviews

This film has a great story (C.S.Forester wrote the script from his novels), solid lead acting from Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo as the romantic interest, super supporting cast, and that beautiful '50s technicolor! Push the pause button on this film anywhere; the cinematography is lush, gaudy and gorgeous! I don't know how historically accurate the battle scenes are, but they kept me glued. (Questions I had during the battle scene: doesn't it hurt when a mast falls on you? How do they clean up after the battle?) I don't know a yardarm from a topsail, but Gregory Peck convinced me he knew every time he'd squint up at the top of the mast, or yell out "clear for action!" I was a sucker for Midshipman Langley and Lady Wellsely's exchange after the battle but El Supremo's makeup man should have been whipped with the cat'o'nine tails! The ending was "way too" convenient: Let's hope A & E's rendition is a winner!


26 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 58 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed