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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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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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Stereo

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Trivia

Ian Gruffudd (Mr. Midshipman Horatio Hornblower), playing a 17 year old at the films start was 25 at the time of filming. 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 Clayton: [as he lays dying] You were right. Horatio... someone had to stand again him.
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Connections

Followed by Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
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Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
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One of the all time great seafaring adventures!
22 January 2004 | by Looney Toon joeSee all my reviews

I Have just finished watching the entire series of Hornblower and must say that few seafaring adventures can beat it.It ranks up there with the original Mutiny on the Bounty,The Sea Hawk and Master And Commander as one of the greatest of its kind. Ioan Gruffudd is perfectly cast as young Hornblower,a seasick midshipman who tranforms gradually into a courageous leader of men. Robert Lindsay offers great support as Capt.Edward Pellew,one of the most important characters in the story who guides Hornblower along his journeys.Jamie Bamber,Paul Copley and Sean Gilder are all excellent as Hornblower's loyal shipmates. Ireally can't pick any one episode as they are all magnificent.I also liked Paul McGann who portrays Lt.Bush. All in all i just hope that in the future their will be more parts to this truly brilliant adventure series!!! EASILY 10 OUT OF 10 !


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