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Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999)

Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (original title)
Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (novels), Chris Ould (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Antony Sher ... Colonel Moncoutant
Samuel West ... Major Lord Edrington
John Shrapnel ... General Charette
Peter Vaughan ... Admiral Lord Hood
Estelle Skornik Estelle Skornik ... Mariette
Jamie Bamber ... Acting Lieutenant Archie Kennedy
Jonathan Coy ... Lieutenant Bracegirdle
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Simon Sherlock Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Jean Badin Jean Badin ... Fauré
Ian Lindsay Ian Lindsay ... Collins
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Storyline

Hornblower is called to take a company of British troops (which the sailors call lobsters because of their red coats) and a company of French nationalists to France to fight in the revolution. But Hornblower is horrified by the brutality of the French commander as he guillotines everyone in a village that destroyed his former home and his unwillingness to take part in the actual battles. However, when the commander and his men set out to rape and brutalize a young school teacher, Hornblower vows his protection of her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Peniche, Portugal See more »

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Trivia

Captain Pellew's line, "As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean," is a quotation from the second part of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Coleridge. It was first published, anonymously, in 1798. See more »

Goofs

At many times when the Marquis speaks to his own men, the town's mayor or the crowd, he speaks English instead of French. In fact, full conversation among French men occur in a English with a heavy accent, instead of French. See more »

Quotes

Styles: No one fancies a swim then, aye?
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Fascinating detail brings the 18th century to life - you won't be able to look away.
27 April 1999 | by helen-15See all my reviews

The "Horatio Hornblower" series has been a wonderful surprise. It is beautifully filmed, with enough period detail to make it seem real, while things are carefully explained to us so that it is not too obscure. We learn along with the new young officer Horatio. By the time of this, the fourth movie, he has developed confidence and values of his own, and they are sorely tested as he, a sailor, ends up in a French village contested by the Republicans and the Royalists. The performances are wonderful. I hope that there are more "Horatio's" in the works.


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