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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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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Captain Keene (Michael Byrne) of 'The Justinian', Hornblower's first ship also starred as Major Nairn in Sharpe (1993), a contemporary UK television series also set in the Napoleonic Wars and based on a series of historical novels, in this case Bernard Cornwell. See more »

Goofs

During his speech to HMS Indefatigable, Captain Pellew says, "For there is no power on earth that can withstand the might of the British Navy!" It is properly called the "Royal Navy", and was so since long before the Napoleonic Wars. A captain would not likely have made that mistake. See more »

Quotes

Midshipman Jack Simpson: Where is he?
Midshipman Clayton: I regret that my principle has met with an accident that prevents his attendance this morning
Midshipman Jack Simpson: You mean the little coward has pissed himself?
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Connections

Followed by Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
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Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
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An Officer and a Gentleman
10 January 2006 | by bill-987See all my reviews

I'm quite sure Forester would have approved.

I think that almost any novel (or series of novels) which achieves 'favorite' status is at a competitive disadvantage when turned into a film. The most notable exceptions are works written, either consciously or not, with a screenplay in mind (I'm convinced Michael Crichton ONLY writes screenplays).

I think it safe to assume that C. S. Forester was not writing with the screen, either large or small, in mind so I have to say that this series is hands down the best series of films (they're not really a miniseries because they're not really interdependent) ever produced from another media.

The series is well paced, the characters well developed and wonderfully cast, the action scenes excellently shot, but to my way of thinking the series best feature is the development and maturation of the character of Hornblower himself..

I've always been a fan of 'coming of age' films (my all time favorite – A Bronx Tale), but to watch the growing relationships which Hornblower develops with Mathews, Styles, Captain Foster, Taping, and particularly with Captain/Admiral Sir Edward Pellew is truly a joy.

Ioan Gruffudd's portrayal produces an honorable man, a character which every guy should secretly want to be and which every woman should want to hook up with. This series is a 'must have' for every film library. Ten stars!


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Release Date:

4 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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