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Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999)

Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (original title)
Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the enemy while escorting a Duchess who has secrets of her own.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (story "Hornblower, the Duchess and the Devil"), Patrick Harbinson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Acting Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Cherie Lunghi ... Duchess of Wharfedale
Christopher Fulford ... M'Man Hunter
Ronald Pickup ... Don Massaredo
Jamie Bamber ... Kennedy
Jonathan Coy ... Lieutenant Bracegirdle
John Woodvine ... Sir Hew Dalrymple
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Simon Sherlock Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Jean-Yves Berteloot ... Etienne de Vergasse
Vincent S. Boluda Vincent S. Boluda ... Spanish Lieutenant
Jolyon Baker Jolyon Baker ... Captain Joubert
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
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Storyline

Hornblower captures the French vessel, Le Reve, and is asked by Pellew to sail her back to England so that she can be outfitted for the English navy, and also, as a favor, to convey the unusual Duchess of Wharfedale back home. Unfortunately, Le Reve, Hornblower, the duchess and the crew are captured by the Spanish and imprisoned. There, Horatio finds Kennedy, wasted and hopeless from months in solitary. Against the odds, Horatio must find a way to escape with Kennedy, against Hunter's protests, and with the growing suspicion that the duchess may not be who she appears. Written by Kathy Li

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deception | duchess | french | fog | navy | See All (63) »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

18 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Peniche, Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

As Hornblower's second ruse is in play, just after Matthews warns him the Spanish suspect something, one line of dialogue makes clear, as the captain of the Spanish ship orders one of his officers: "Señala al almirante. Avisa que vamos a abrir fuego sobre piratas ingleses." Translated: "Signal the admiral. Say we are about to open fire on English pirates". See more »

Goofs

Hornblower is released from his solitary confinement in the underground cage, where he has been (presumably) for several days, yet he is clean shaven when returned to his shipmates. See more »

Quotes

Kennedy: [observing the men] They're planning something, Horatio.
Hornblower: Archie, do you know Spanish?
Kennedy: A little.
[Horatio hands Archie a book written in Spanish and walks off]
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Follows Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998) See more »

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An excellent production.
28 April 1999 | by RahneSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed "Duchess", and in fact all of the Horatio Hornblower movies. They were well written, well filmed, and well acted, particularly in the cases of Ioan Gruffud and Jamie Barber (Horatio & Archie Kennedy) who also, I happen to think, are both very attractive. I like the fact that M'Man Kennedy was brought back into the story. Cherie L. was also very good as the "Duchess."


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