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Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship ()

Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (original title)
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While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.

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Acting Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
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Captain Sir Edward Pellew
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Captain 'Dreadnought' Foster
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Tapling
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Bunting
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Lieutenant Bracegirdle
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Captain Hammond
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Matthews
Chris Barnes ...
Finch
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Simon Sherlock ...
Oldroyd
Colin MacLachlan ...
Master Bowles
Rupert Holliday-Evans ...
Steward
Frank Boyce ...
Midshipman Cleveland
Peter Corey ...
HM Consul Duras
Simon Slater ...
Commander Morris
Frank Rozelaar-Green ...
Spanish Captain
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Clerkly Officer

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Andrew Grieve

Written by

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Mike Cullen ... (screenplay)
 
C.S. Forester ... (novels)

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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

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Neve Cunningham ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Keith Palmer

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Matthew Tucker ... assistant film editor
Marc Eskenazi ... on-line editor (uncredited)

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Andrew Mollo

Art Direction by

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Mike Joyce

Set Decoration by

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Christian Huband

Costume Design by

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John Mollo

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

Production Management

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Lorraine Goodman ... production supervisor
Philip Leach ... executive in charge of production
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)

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Valentina Plugaru ... assistant director

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Gerry Graham ... painter
Dean Hawley ... painter
Brian Henry ... property master
Mickey Spence ... plasterer
Alan Sprawson ... stand-by carpenter
Ilia Iovu ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ian Murray ... supervising rigger (uncredited)

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Michael Crouch ... dubbing editor
Colin Martin ... dubbing mixer
Julie Ankerson ... foley artist (uncredited)
Dave Sloss ... foley recordist (uncredited)

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Graham Aikman ... special effects assistant: pyro supervisor
Jeremy Lovett ... special effects senior technician: model unit
Mark Roberts ... special effects technician: model unit (uncredited)
Dima Stesenko ... special effects supervisor: russian crew (uncredited)

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

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Oleg Botin ... stunts
Aleksandr Baranov ... stunts (uncredited)

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Keith Mead ... grip

Transportation Department

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

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Jon Baker ... armourer supervisor
Anna Callaghan ... production assistant
Dani Gordon ... assistant to producer
Pauline Granby ... production accountant
Amanda Lean ... script supervisor
Gerry Savage ... unit nurse
Adele Steward ... production coordinator
Chris Tarry ... assistant accountant
Zinaida Kravchenko ... production accountant (uncredited)
Teodor Matveev ... army supervisor: Russia (uncredited)
Lina Merculova ... production coordinator: Russia (uncredited)
Yulia Zhuravleva ... production assistant: Russia (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Still serving aboard the HMS Indefatigable, Horatio Hornblower has been promoted to acting Lieutenant. Neutral Spain has concluded a peace treaty with France and the British now have another enemy to face. They soon come across a sunken British supply ship and rescue its Captain, 'Dreadnought' Foster, a man with a reputation for bravery that some consider borders on foolishness. Hornblower is also pleased to learn that Captain Pellew has scheduled him for the next round of Lieutenants exams. Tempers are short with the crew after they are put on half rations due to the lack of supplies. After acquiring more supplies, Hornblower finds himself in charge of a supply ship when it is feared that plague may also be aboard. He soon makes it to Gibraltar, but when the enemy send a fire ship into the harbor, he must act quickly to avert disaster. Written by garykmcd

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Also Known As
  • Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (United States)
  • Hornblower - Die Leutnantsprüfung (Germany)
  • Hornblower: Examen para teniente (Spain)
  • Kapetan Hornblouer: Ispit za poručnika (Serbia)
  • Хорнблоуър: Изпитът за лейтенант (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 93 min
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Trivia The question given at Hornblower's Lieutenant examination, that of what to do in response to a "full a-back", relates to the sails of a ship suddenly flattening against the mast due to a change in wind. The correct answer (which Hornblower clearly does not know) is to put the helm over, haul up the mainstay and spanker sails, and then shift the helm in the opposite direction in order to fill the after-sails with wind in order to regain headway. Once the wind has been recovered, the ship should then brace up the sails and bring the ship's course directly in front of the wind. The maneuver to regain wind after a fall a-back is known as "chapelling", or "Chapel Ship", and would have been something which Hornblower absolutely should have known. See more »
Goofs During the examination, Captain Foster describes a situation "with Dover bearing north two miles" and a "nor'easterly wind" that "veers four points". That would put the wind at east, but Hornblower is told that he would have Dover under his lee, whereas he would, at worst, have Folkestone under his lee and that eight miles off. Unless the wind were to veer a further twelve points at gale force, the tide would never put a dismasted vessel anywhere near Dover. See more »
Movie Connections Followed by Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999). See more »
Soundtracks The British Man-of-War See more »
Quotes [the aristocratic Mr. Tapling is assigned Cook's Mate on the quarantine voyage, and is helping the Steward to butcher a bullock]
Tapling: This is without question the most revolting experience of my entire life.
Steward: It has its advantages, sir.
Tapling: None that I can see.
Steward: The man with the hatchet gets to pick the choicest cuts.
Tapling: Indeed... show me.
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