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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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 With his ship, the Retribution, laid up and his promotion to Commander rescinded as a result, he finds himself a poor Lieutenant in a peace time navy.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:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

The brown print day dress worn by Julia Sawalha (Maria) is the same costume worn by Cécile Paoli (Lucille) in Sharpe's Waterloo (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the end, when Captain Hammond shoots himself, there is a large blood spray which is obviously a CGI effect edited in post-production, as it disappears too fast and there is no sign of blood on the floor or on Hammond's head later, when he is lying on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Commander Horatio Hornblower: Enjoy your meal, Wolfe. Once Admiral Pellew is done, you won't be dining on Breton lobster.
Wolfe: When we're done, Breton lobster will be dining on Admiral Pellew.
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Follows Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999) See more »

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1 November 2013 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Peace has broken out. Of course, it's not certain it'll last. Not every Frenchman appreciates Napoleon, however - Major Côtard(Wise, solid as a pampered nobleman) will need transport, to meet with other friendlies, in his homeland. Hornblower(Gruffudd, driven by a sense of justice, yet not always virtuous) gets command(one of his first - he was granted the honor near the end of the war; in fact, he's had trouble making rent in his time on land) of the small ship charged with the task, and he brings in Bush(McGann, strict but not without sympathy). But some things don't seem to go as expected - could there be an enemy among the sparse crew?

This goes into themes of friendship, trust, discipline, and, yes, loyalty - what side one chooses, how that comes into play. It enters into the side plot, as well - our titular lead is in love with the daughter of his landlady, and the feeling is mutual. However, can he genuinely help her, and in what way? Explored again are negatives and positives of the navy, society and the like, of the period. Filming(seldom betraying that this was made for TV), editing, script, dialog, acting, humor, action, tension, all are compelling.

There is some bloody, disturbing violent content in this. I recommend this to any fan of drama and swashbuckling. 8/10


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