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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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Official Sites:

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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

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The lines that Kennedy quotes when he wakes up and sees Hornblower and the Duchess are taken from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (Act4; scene 15). They are spoken by Cleopatra when she realizes Antony has died. 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

[Horatio stopped Hunter from shooting the French]
Hunter: We're here to fight them aren't we?
Hornblower: No, Mr. Hunter, we're here to defeat them.
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Connections

Follows Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998) See more »

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Refreshing!
19 April 1999 | by Val-37See all my reviews

This movie, as well as the other three in the series, is "a refreshing drink of water in a drought stricken land." The hero of the story is the truest of men. A man who knows right from wrong and is willing to do anything to stand by the right. This particular movie has one up on the first two in that it has a touch of romance in it where the others are lacking. They all are characterized by plenty of mystery, adventure and very strong character development.

My only complaint is that the movies all tend to leave out important points which left me sometimes wondering what was going on. This is hardly noticeable though when you lay this short-coming up against its list of strengths.

A must see!


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