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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 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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Trivia

In the original novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, "The Frogs and the Lobsters" occurs before Hornblower receives his promotion to Lieutenant, or even being ranked Acting-Lieutenant. Furthermore, the novel does not have any love interest for Hornblower. See more »

Goofs

Right after Hornblower finds the cap of the artillery soldier, when the British are crossing the meadow (1:12:56 mark), the soldier closer to the viewer pulls the trigger of his rifle, but it does not fire. While the flintlock rifle shown in the film was known for misfiring occasionally, particularly when wet, the soldier does not react to his weapon not working, and even acts out the recoil. See more »

Quotes

Acting Lt. Archie Kennedy: Keep your head or you will lose it!
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Connections

Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: A Call to Arms (2008) See more »

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Based on the C.S. Forester classics
3 May 1999 | by lhkSee all my reviews

The last (well, I hope not) in an extremely high-quality series following the travails of the honorable 18th-century naval officer, Horatio Hornblower. Performances and writing are exceptional, and so are the lessons that we (and Horatio) learn in this episode.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

25 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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