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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)
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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
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
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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

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hornblower - L'arte del comando See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Mr. Proust says, "come to port" when telling the helmsman to steer to the left. However, the term "larboard" was the nautical term for left in use before the Royal Navy authorized the use of "port" in 1844. See more »

Goofs

After the long boat is destroyed the French are shown loading a shell into a field piece. It makes a rolling sound as it goes down the barrel. This would be inaccurate. A shell fit tightly enough to require ramming, and a shell would have been carefully positioned in the barrel so the fuse would face away from the powder charge. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: You see things, sir, that others do not. One thing you do not question is your loyalty to your King. One day, Hornblower, you'll fight for more than England.
Commander Horatio Hornblower: What is there more than England?
Admiral Sir Edward Pellew: [He pointedly does not answer]
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Follows Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) See more »

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Great series
13 December 2014 | by grantssSee all my reviews

A great series, based on the books by CS Forester.

The adventures of Horatio Hornblower, an officer in the Royal Navy at the start of the 19th century. The movies follow his rise up the ranks.

Very realistic in its actions, commands, uniforms, ships etc. Some great action and human drama.

Special effects are good, except for the explosions. Those seem very cheap and unrealistic.

The other area that seems unrealistic is Hornblower's home life. The relationship with Maria seems very clumsy and unnatural.

Great performance by Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role. This is surpassed by Robert Lindsay as Admiral Pellew. He provides the perfect mix of authority, gravitas, compassion and father-like doting.

Good support from Paul McGann as Lt Bush, Paul Copley as Matthews and Sean Gilder as Styles.

The biggest pity is that this movie is the last one they made, when there are several books left.


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