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 With his ship, the Retribution, laid up and his promotion to Commander rescinded as a result, he finds himself a poor Lieutenant in a peace time navy.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

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 »

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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 »

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Styles: How do you make coffee?
Matthews: Do I look like a cook? You and your big mouth!
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Follows Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998) See more »

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Superb entertainment! One of the best Hornblower films yet.
18 April 2005 | by Ramses_EmersonSee all my reviews

Loyalty is the 8th installment in the Horatio Hornblower series and so far it's one of the best. If you enjoyed the previous Hornblower films you will surely enjoy this one. As we have come to expect from the Horatio Hornblower series the acting is great, Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower is fantastic as usual and Robert Lindsay and Paul McGann also turn in excellent performances. The rest of the crew is back ( and fans will surely enjoy seeing Sean Gilder and Paul Copley as Styles and Mathews). The script is great and the battles on land and sea are epic and intense. The visual effects are pretty good especially in one scene that has Horatio running as everything is exploding behind him. The music is basically the same material we have heard in the other Hornblower films, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. All in all an excellent production and a great continuation of the Hornblower saga.


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