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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.


Andrew Grieve


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


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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Adventure | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


The Spanish fort used is the prison Peniche Fortress on the central coast of Portugal. As of 2019, it's closed to the public for restoration. See more »


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 »


Capt. Pellew: I hear the, uh, statuary in Florence is very fine, Your Grace. Somewhat naked, but very fine indeed.
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Followed by Hornblower: Duty (2003) See more »

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Lindsay's performance not to be missed
2 August 2002 | by markcarlson2222See all my reviews

This is a comment not only on the superb production as a whole, which is very authentic from a historical perspective, and gives the viewer a true sense of what life was like in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, but also to praise an excellent performance by Robert Lindsay, who plays Captain Sir Edward Pellew. As a student of military history, I was very pleased with this production as a whole, and Griffudds' Hornblower is well done. But Lindsay, as the redoubtable Sir Edward is priceless. Just the right blend of old navy correctness, upper-class haughtiness, and berely concealed pride in his young protegee. Hornblower, with whom he is careful not to appear overly fond, is most determined to do his job and please his captain, whom he worships. Pellew recognizes the seeds of greatness in the young man and sheperds him along with scant vocal praise but strong career-enhancing opportunities. Lindsay is very likaable and proper, and I want to see more o of his work. I hope to see more of the Hornblower series in the future, as Ioan Griffudd continues to grow and prosper.

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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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