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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Midshipman Horatio Hornblower
... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
... Midshipman Jack Simpson
... Captain Keene
... Lieutenant Eccleston
Duncan Bell ... Midshipman Clayton
... Matthews
... Styles
Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Chris Barnes ... Finch
... Midshipman Archie Kennedy
Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
Roger May ... Lieutenant Chadd
... Captain Forget
... Midshipman Hether
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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

Inside the Grand Turk is a shrine to the Hornblower series with lots of references to the TV show. Also on display on the lower deck are the nameplates for the "Indefatigable", the ship it portrayed in the first four programs. 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 »

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Captain Sir Edward Pellew: Damn your impudence, sir!
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Connections

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

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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 See 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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