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Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001)

Hornblower: Retribution (original title)
Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.


Andrew Grieve


C.S. Forester (stories), Ben Rostul (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Commodore Sir Edward Pellew
David Warner ... Captain James Sawyer
Nicholas Jones ... Lieutenant Buckland
Paul McGann ... Lieutenant Bush
Jamie Bamber ... Lieutenant Archie Kennedy
Philip Glenister ... Gunner Hobbs
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
David Rintoul ... Dr. Clive
Terence Corrigan Terence Corrigan ... Midshipman Wellard
Ian McElhinney ... Captain Hammond
John Castle ... Captain Collins
Gilly Gilchrist ... Randall
Antonio Gil ... Colonel Francisco Manuel Ortega (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)


Before taking the Renown back to Jamaica for their court martial on charges of mutiny, Hornblower, Kennedy, and Bush convince an insecure and indecisive Lt. Buckland, now acting captain, that it would be appropriate to launch a surprise attack on the Spanish fortress at Santo Domingo. Matters are complicated when the inept Buckland incurs the enmity of the local rebels, who now regard them as enemies too. Captain Sawyer's increasing paranoia, deserting seamen, Buckland's growing jealousy of Hornblower, and the duplicity of the Spaniards all complicate the already perilous situation. Written by Gabe Taverney {duke1029@aol.com}

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Adventure | Drama | War


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At one point, a delusional captain Sawyer mistakes Archie for an "Admiral Brueys" who "died long ago, cut in two lying on the arms box". The captain is speaking about admiral Francois-Paul Brueys, chief of the Napoleonic naval forces that fought Horatio Nelson at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Brueys died as result of a cannon shot that nearly cut him in half on board his flagship, L'Orient, which blew up an hour later. 800 crew members died. Giving the fact Sawyer is famous for being at the Nile (before Trafalgar, the most daring British victory), it is a very natural mistake to make and evidence of the captain's poor mental health. See more »


A New Drop-style trapdoor gallows is seen being set up and tested. Trapdoor gallows were first used in 1813, roughly ten years after the story's setting. See more »


Capt. James Sawyer: Mr. Wellard, I know who pushed me.
[Handing him his pistol]
Capt. James Sawyer: Here!
[as the Spaniards are breaking through the door]
Capt. James Sawyer: At least one of us can face the enemy with a clear head!
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Followed by Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003) See more »

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Amazing conclusion to Hornblower: Mutiny
16 April 2001 | by rfscottSee all my reviews

Though they are listed as separate movies, A&E's _Hornblower: Mutiny_ and _Hornblower: Retribution_ together form a 4-hour movie that I found simply riveting. They are taken from the second book in C.S. Forester's Hornblower series, _Lieutenant Hornblower_; and while keeping the spirit of the book, add substantially to its drama and characterization.

The first book in the series -- _Midshipman Hornblower_ -- was the basis for the first four movies produced by A&E. The original movies were wonderful as well, but the new movies are far more mature and well-produced in comparison.

I highly recommend these movies to fans of historical drama, tall ships and Horatio Hornblower.

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15 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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