8.1/10
2,678
10 user 4 critic

Hornblower: Duty (2003)

Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

Stephen Churchett (screenplay), C.S. Forester (novel)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Horatio Hornblower 3 (TV Movie 2003)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann
Hornblower: Mutiny (TV Movie 2001)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, David Warner
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Antony Sher
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the enemy while escorting a Duchess who has secrets of her own.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Cherie Lunghi
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Denis Lawson
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy
Sharpe's Mission (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Sharpe is teamed with a Colonel he helped promote and they are tasked to destroy a powder magazine, but an alliance with the French may threaten their success. Meanwhile, Jane is wearying of the army life and Harper and Ramona are at odds.

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden
Sharpe's Gold (TV Movie 1995)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Sharpe is sent on a mission to exchange rifles for deserters with a strange band of Spanish guerillas. He also has to chaperone two women looking for their missing husband.

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser
Sharpe's Company (TV Movie 1994)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Spain 1812. After Ciudad Rodrigo, Teresa tells Sharpe that they have a baby daughter. In Badajoz, the next siege target. Meanwhile, a new commander has taken over the South Essex, along ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Sean Bean, Pete Postlethwaite, Daragh O'Malley
Sharpe's Battle (TV Movie 1995)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Sharpe is ordered to whip the King of Spain's Irish Royal Brigade into shape, he faces dissent from the men who believe the British are slaughtering their relatives in Ireland and a spy from within.

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser
Sharpe's Siege (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Sharpe, with his new commanding officer, is sent to capture a castle when news comes of locals who will rise against Bonaparte. However, he is somewhat distracted by thoughts of his wife ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Commander Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Admiral Sir Edward Pellew
Paul McGann ... Lieutenant Bush
Lorcan Cranitch ... Wolfe
Tony Haygarth ... Prowse
Julia Sawalha ... Maria Hornblower
Barbara Flynn ... Mrs. Mason
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Jonathan Coy ... Captain Bracegirdle
Jim Carter ... Etheridge
Ron Cook ... Steward James Doughty
Jonathan Forbes ... Orrock
David Birkin David Birkin ... Jerome
Camilla Power ... Betsy
Edit

Storyline

Now married to Maria, Horatio Hornblower is soon sent by Admiral Pellew in search of the sloop Grasshopper captained by their old friend, Bracegirdle. The ship had been patrolling a stretch of French coast but had not sent in a report for over two weeks. During a raging storm they take aboard two passengers, an American woman and her French speaking Swiss husband. They are not what they pretend to be. Horatio and his men also encounter Wolfe, the Irish rebel turned traitor and now fighting France. They also realize exactly what Wolfe's plan is when they see three French frigates riding high in the water near his encampment. At home, Horatio is getting used to marriage and having to share his life with someone. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

french | ship | duty | british | water | See All (58) »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hornblower - L'arte del comando See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The blue and white print gown worn by Julia Sawalha (Maria) to church is the same costume worn by a guest at the Easter Ball in Wives and Daughters (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Jerome Bonaparte introduces himself he presents as Jerome Lucien Bonaparte. Lucien was his other brother. His name was Jerome Bonaparte, born as Girolamo Buonaparte. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: Bonaparte's nothing to offer Ireland but misery and bloodshed. Ha! That's why England has a right to demand Irish loyalty!
Commander Horatio Hornblower: Yes Sir, although...
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: Huh?
Commander Horatio Hornblower: It is perhaps better to earn loyalty than to demand it.
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. When I became a man I put away childish things.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: Sir?
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: You know Hornblower, it's very hard for a father to see his children grow up.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: I'm not sure I understand you sir.
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: I daresay you will.
See more »

Connections

Follows Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
Traditional
Performed by Sean Gilder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A&E Hornblower Duty (2003)
5 December 2003 | by chainsaw588See all my reviews

I was flipping threw the channels and came across this tv show and was blown away. It pulled me in and ever let go. This is the newest show in the series I watched it this week 12/02/2003, I had no idea they had made new ones. After reading some reviews I agree that the acting is better than any American made for tv movie, except "Lonesome Dove", Ioan Gruffudd is great, but he is no Robert Duval or Tommy Lee Jones.

The set and I use that word loosely, is a 19th century ship. Every aspect of the ship feels like it came out of the 19th century. It does feel tight and dark. Exactly what a ship back like then feels like.

The story is not really great, good is what i would say. You are able to determine what happens with in a few minutes. The acting is what I paid more attention to. Some of the action sections are ok. It's not movie quality but you don't really let it bother you. If "Master and Commander" and "Pirates of the Carribean" was not released I don't think the American viewers would watch this. I hope A&E will keep showing this series if i continues.

Over all I would recommend anyone this show who love the sea and watching acting, a great tv movie.


10 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed