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Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998)

Hornblower: The Even Chance (original title)
Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (stories), Russell Lewis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Midshipman Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Dorian Healy ... Midshipman Jack Simpson
Michael Byrne ... Captain Keene
Robert Bathurst ... Lieutenant Eccleston
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ... Midshipman Clayton
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Simon Sherlock Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Finch
Jamie Bamber ... Midshipman Archie Kennedy
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
Roger May Roger May ... Lieutenant Chadd
Vincent Grass ... Captain Forget
Richard Lumsden ... Midshipman Hether
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Storyline

Midshipman Horatio Hornblower joins the British fleet just as the French Revolution is about to change European history. But he has worries closer to home as he incurs the wrath of a shipmate named Simpson, a bully who everyone else avoids and placates. Events lead to a duel, but one of Hornblower's mates takes his place and is killed. At war with France, Hornblower and Simpson are assigned different ships, but are reunited when Simpson's ship is sunk. Events lead to another duel with different results. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horatio Hornblower: The Duel See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The TV movie is based off the first five chapters of Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester: "The Even Chance", "The Cargo of Rice", "The Penalty of Failure", "The Man Who Felt Queer" and "The Man Who Saw God". See more »

Goofs

When they are supposed to be stranded in a ship's boat in the Atlantic, out of sight of France, the coast is plainly visible behind the French captain of the Marie Galante when he and Hornblower stand-off with guns just before the Indefatigable is sighted. See more »

Quotes

Midshipman Jack Simpson: Now, the point of this inquisition is for me to get to know you better. See, I know these dogs. I know what gnaws at the souls at night, things they're rather no one knew. Now... what's your dirty little secret? A fancier of other boys, perhaps? Or is it... that you mother makes a living on her back?
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: You filthy-
[headbutt]
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Connections

Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: A Call to Arms (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
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Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
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Hornblower-Simply brilliant!
1 November 1998 | by EstellaSee all my reviews

I am 19 years old, and since I had not read any of the Hornblower books (I expect most people would think this criminal, not to have read the stories of the most beloved naval hero in fiction!) I knew nothing about the story until the first two hour film was shown on TV (October 7th in England.-I hear that the USA will get the Hornblower series in the New Year) There are four Hornblower films, and the first 'The Even Chance' made me want to see the other three right away! The story is set in the years of the Napoleonic wars, and the first story shows Hornblowers first adventures as midshipman aboard the' Indefatigable'' having to put up with bullying by Simpson another midshipman aboard the ship who takes an instant dislike to the new recuit. The acting by Ioan Gruffudd as the young, self-concious, shy Horatio Hornblower is superb, and his dark brooding good looks are sure to make him a new heart throb. The rest of the cast are brilliant too, from Robert Lindsay as captain Pellew to Dorian Healy as the vicious Simpson. The £12 million spent on the film, has not gone to waste either. The first wooden ship to be built for 140 years, 'The Grand Turk', is used in the film for the 'Indefatigable' and is a stunning sight to see. The action sequences are brilliantly done, making you feel like you are almost on the ship itself. So brilliant action sequences, wonderful battle ships, and a stunning cast, all make Hornblower one of the best things to come on TV in years. Luckily for me (now a huge Hornblower fan) the showing of the second film-which was to be in December- has been put forward to November, because of the huge number of people calling ITV Television station, saying how much they liked it, and demanding for it to be put on early! I personally cannot wait to sail the sea with Horatio Hornblower again.


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