Horatio Hornblower: The Duel ()

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

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Midshipman Horatio Hornblower
Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Midshipman Jack Simpson
Captain Keene
Lieutenant Eccleston
Duncan Bell ...
Midshipman Clayton
Simon Sherlock ...
Chris Barnes ...
Midshipman Archie Kennedy
Colin MacLachlan ...
Master Bowles
Roger May ...
Lieutenant Chadd
Captain Forget
Midshipman Hether
Frank Boyce ...
Midshipman Cleveland
Dr. Hepplewhite
Oliver Montgomery ...
Lieutenant Chalk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luana Mota ...
Young Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

Andrew Grieve

Written by

C.S. Forester ... (stories Hornblower and the Even Chance. Hornblower and the Cargo of Rice, Hornblower and the Man who Felt Queer)
Russell Lewis ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Andrew Benson ... producer
Pavel Douvidzon ... associate producer: Russia
Delia Fine ... executive producer
Vernon Lawrence ... executive producer
Stepan Pojenian ... associate producer: Russia
Peter Richardson ... line producer

Music by

John E. Keane ... (as John Keane)

Cinematography by

Neve Cunningham

Film Editing by

Keith Palmer

Editorial Department

Marc Eskenazi ... editor: video tape
Vincent Narduzzo ... telecine colorist
Matthew Tucker ... assistant film editor

Casting By

John Hubbard
Susie Parriss

Production Design by

Andrew Mollo

Art Direction by

Jan Chaney
Mike Joyce
Cliff Robinson

Set Decoration by

Christian Huband

Costume Design by

John Mollo

Makeup Department

Kevin Alexander ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Christine Allsopp ... makeup supervisor
Veyatie MacLeod ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

Lorraine Goodman ... production supervisor
Philip Leach ... executive in charge of production
Leela Poedra ... production manager
Andrew Wood ... production manager
Tatyana Shakhgeldyan ... production manager: Russia (uncredited)
Sasha Stratievsky ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Viktor Taranov ... production manager: Russia (uncredited)
Sasha Voronin ... unit manager (uncredited)
Yulia Zhuravleva ... assistant production manager: Russia (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Giles Butler ... assistant director
Alex Gibb ... assistant director (as Alexander Gibb)
David Mason ... assistant director
Valentina Plugaru ... assistant director
Mary Soan ... second unit director

Art Department

James Fennessy ... scenic painter
Gerry Graham ... painter
Dean Hawley ... painter
Brian Henry ... property master
Alison S. Richardson ... property buyer
Matthew Robinson ... draughtsman
Mickey Spence ... plasterer
Alan Sprawson ... stand-by carpenter
Ilia Iovu ... assistant art director: Russia (uncredited)
José Luis Moya ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Wright ... draftsperson (uncredited)

Sound Department

Michael Crouch ... dubbing editor
St. Clair Davis ... boom operator / sound maintenance
Colin Martin ... dubbing mixer
Christian Wangler ... sound recordist
Julie Ankerson ... foley artist (uncredited)
Dave Sloss ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Graham Aikman ... special effects assistant: pyro supervisor
David Ford ... special effects (as Dave Ford)
Garth Gutteridge ... special effects
Martin Gutteridge ... special effects
Dave Havard ... special effects
Garth Inns ... special effects
Derek Langley ... special effects
Melvyn Pearson ... special effects
Terry Schubert ... special effects
John Smith ... special effects
Dominic Tuohy ... special effects
Lee Winter ... special effects
Mark Roberts ... special effects: model unit (uncredited)
Dima Stesenko ... special effects supervisor: russian crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Peter Field ... model unit
Roy Field ... director of photography: model unit
Martin Gutteridge ... director: model unit
Martin Saville ... model making consultant
Mark Thomas-Stubbs ... digital effects


Sviatolsav Barabolia ... stunt double
Oleg Botin ... stunts
Jordi Casares ... stunt arranger
Ángel Gómez Fernández ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

Paul Donachie ... focus puller
Graham Frake ... director of photography: second unit
George Grieve ... clapper loader
Paul Hill ... gaffer
David Keogh ... best boy
Keith Mead ... grip
Ian Murray ... supervising rigger
Steve Murray ... camera operator
Dean Thompson ... focus puller: second unit

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gordon Harmer ... wardrobe master
Lee Clayton ... costume cutter (uncredited) / tailor (uncredited)

Music Department

Steve Mair ... musician: double bass
Bruce White ... musician: viola (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Oleg Gres ... unit transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Vladimir Skakun ... unit transportation coordinator: Russia (uncredited)

Other crew

Martin Bibbings ... technical advisor
Anna Callaghan ... contact: London / production assistant
Dani Gordon ... assistant to producer / production assistant
Pauline Granby ... production accountant
Susan Hogg ... script executive
Amanda Lean ... script supervisor
Ian McDougal ... marine coordinator
Erhan Ozogul ... assistant accountant
Shelagh Pymm ... publicist
Richard Rutherford-Moore ... armorer (as Richard R. Moore)
Gail Samuelson ... pre-production coordinator
Gerry Savage ... unit nurse
Adele Steward ... production coordinator
Chris Tarry ... assistant accountant
Mike Fidduch ... caterer (uncredited)
Zinaida Kravchenko ... production accountant (uncredited)
Teodor Matveev ... army supervisor: Russia (uncredited)
Lina Merculova ... production coordinator: Russia (uncredited)
Carlos Guilherme Rodrigues ... production assistant (uncredited)
Yulia Zhuravleva ... production assistant: Russia (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (United States)
  • Hornblower - Die gleiche Chance (Germany)
  • Hornblower: Las mismas posibilidades (Spain)
  • Мичман Хорнблауэр: Равные шансы (Russia)
  • Хорнблоуър: Равни шансове (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 93 min
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Trivia One of the ships used for the film was "The Grand Turk" which is a working replica of a 1790s man-o-war that makes yearly trips throughout Europe and winters in the city of Whitby, England. It was specially built for 'Hornblower', and painted black and buff on one side, and black and red on the other, so that it could double as a British or French ship, depending on the angle it was filmed from. See more »
Goofs Whenever a cannon is fired, there is hardly any recoil whereas a real gun would fly back at least six feet immediately. This is a result of using enough powder to have a muzzle flash, but not produce any recoil. This was corrected in later movies in the series by having the guns move back the proper distance when fired. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Stars (2008). See more »
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Quotes Midshipman Horatio Hornblower: [after he and Clayton settle Archie after his first fit] What ails him?
Midshipman Clayton: [Glances at Simpson] What ails us all.
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