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Horatio Hornblower: The Duel [1998]

Director:Andrew Grieve
Writer:Russell Lewis
Composer:John E. Keane
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:8.1/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Horatio Hornblower enters into a life in the Royal Navy and has a number of great adventures, including a daring capture of a French ship and a titular duel with a vindictive, petty man.

Reaction: This is a great first edition in the world of Horatio Hornblower

Personal Rating: 8/10

Andrew Grieve => Director
Russell Lewis => Writer
John E. Keane => Composer
C.S. Forester => Novels
Chris Barnes => Finch
Colin MacLachlan => Master Bowles
Dorian Healy => Midshipman Jack Simpson
Duncan Bell => Midshipman Clayton
Frank Boyce => Midshipman Cleveland
Ioan Gruffudd => Midshipman Horatio Hornblower
Jamie Bamber => Midshipman Archie Kennedy
Michael Byrne => Capt. Keene
Oliver Montgomery => Lt. Chalk
Paul Copley => Matthews
Richard Lumsden => Midshipman Hether
Robert Bathurst => Lt. Eccleston
Robert Lindsay => Capt. Sir Edward Pellew
Roger May => Lt. Chadd
Sean Gilder => Styles
Simon Markey => Dr. Hepplewhite
Simon Sherlock => Oldroyd
Vincent Grass => Capt. Forget

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Inside the Grand Turk is a shrine to the [Hornblower] series with lots of references to the TV show. Also on display on the lower deck are the nameplates for the "Indefatigable", the ship it portrayed in the first four programs.
  • Based on stories presented in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
  • According to the [Hornblower] novels by C.S. Forester, Hornblower was tone deaf and would have heard music as noise. He also suffered from seasickness until he got his sea legs.
  • One of the ships used for the film was "The Grand Turk" which is a working replica of a 1790s man-o-war that makes yearly trips throughout Europe and winters in the city of Whitby, England. It was specially built for [Hornblower], and painted black and buff on one side, and black and red on the other, so that it could double as a British or French ship, depending on the angle it was filmed from.