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Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003)

Hornblower: Loyalty (original title)
Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.

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Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (novel), Niall Leonard (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Commander Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Admiral Sir Edward Pellew
Paul McGann ... Lieutenant Bush
Greg Wise ... Major Côtard
Lorcan Cranitch ... Wolfe
Tony Haygarth ... Master Prowse
Julia Sawalha ... Maria Mason
Barbara Flynn ... Mrs. Mason
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Ian McElhinney ... Captain Hammond
Christian Coulson ... Midshipman Jack Hammond
Ron Cook ... Steward James Doughty
Jonathan Forbes ... Midshipman Charles Orrock
Jim McManus Jim McManus ... Pawnbroker
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The war with France has been over for a year and Horatio Hornblower finds himself on land. With his ship, the Retribution, laid up and his promotion to Commander rescinded as a result, he finds himself a poor Lieutenant in a peace time navy. He has taken to playing cards to make a living. Luck presents itself in the form Sir Edward Pellew, his mentor and former commanding officer. Horatio soon finds himself again promoted to Commander and in charge of a sloop, the HMS Hotspur. He recruits his old shipmate Lt. Bush as his first officer, along with Matthews and Stiles. His task is to transport a French officer to the coast but once ashore, Horatio discovers the French amassing an invasion force. Once again at war, the men of the Hotspur are tasked to lead an advance force against a shore battery ahead of the British fleet. Hornblower soon realizes he has a traitor among his crew. In his personal life, he has to deal with the lovely Maria, his landlady's daughter who has taken quite a ... Written by garykmcd

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

2 December 2003 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Tony Haygarth (Master Prowse) starred as Marshal Pot-au-Feu in Sharpe's Enemy (1994) and Sir Willoughby Parfitt in Sharpe's Justice (1997) also set during the Napoleonic Wars. See more »

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A Radar reflector can be seen tied in the halyard above the national colors of the Hotspur. See more »

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Wolfe: C'mon, lads! Explosives are nothing to worry about - unless you're careless. Then your worries are over.
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Follows Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001) See more »

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Good, but is it Hornblower? Read the books!
4 December 2003 | by howerdSee all my reviews

By now this series has attracted its own set of fans, so the issue of how faithful it remains to the Forester stories may be moot. Still, I've always been puzzled by one element of the credits -- the show never seems to say which of "the novels of C.S. Forester" a particular movie is based on. LOYALTY and DUTY are loosely based on HORNBLOWER AND THE HOTSPUR, the tale of Hornblower's first command. Gruffudd, though a good enough actor and quite charming, seems to miss what was always the key element of Forester's Hornblower -- his constant self-doubt and crushing insecurity. The power of the novels comes from Hornblower's inability to see his own heroism and greatness for it is. He might be a hero to the world; to himself he was always the gangling Midshipman who was "seasick at Spithead." Julia Sawahla, on the other hand, is a perfect choice for Maria. A comment objected to her seeming "dowdy" -- that is precisely the point. Hornblower's unhappy marriage and unrewarding personal life were always intended to contrast with his glory on the sea. The show is fine -- the books are true classics. If you like the show, be sure to read the book.


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