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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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Adventure | Drama | War

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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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 Hornblower attacks the French corvettes while still under French colors, he is violating the Rules of War. A legitimate ruse of war required hauling down the false colors and flying your true colors. See more »

Quotes

[Hornblower and Styles bring Davey into the surgery, with his lower leg shot away. The doctor is treating Lt. Chadd]
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: This man needs help!
Dr. Hepplewhite: I'll attend to him presently.
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: Lt. Chadd, may I inquire as to the nature of your injury, sir?
Lt. Chadd: Splinter.
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: Sir, this man is from my division...
Dr. Hepplewhite: He'll take his turn like all the rest!
Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: [shouting] Well, damn it, if he's not seen to now, he'll bleed to death!
Lt. Chadd: Mr. Hornblower...!
[a scream from Davey cuts him off]
[...]
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
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Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
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Absolutely wonderful
14 July 2000 | by yaelbenisraelSee all my reviews

First of all, a note about the American titles for this mini-series: what's wrong with you people? Can't you leave a title alone? Or do you think your crowd is so dumb, they wouldn't understand the title that the makers gave it? Why did you have to change "The Even Chance" into "The Duel", for instance (and the other titles as well)? Translating a foreign title is one thing. Altering (and totally ruining) an existing title is something else.

And now to the comment: "Hornblower" is one of the best-made series I have ever seen. It's clever, it's interesting, it's really wonderful in all aspects possible. And Ioan Gruffudd is not only good looking, he's a good actor- a skill that most Hollywood stars unfortunately lack. Right now I have only seen the first two episodes, but I'm definitely not going to miss the other two.


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