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Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship [1998]

Director:Andrew Grieve
Writer:Mike Cullen
Composer:John E. Keane
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Horatio Hornblower Must study for his upcoming exams, but the world seems intent on gettin in his way.

Reaction: A great tale that allows Hornblower to show off what he is made of.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Andrew Grieve => Director
Mike Cullen => Writer
John E. Keane => Composer
C.S. Forester => Novels
Andrew Tiernan => Bunting
Chris Barnes => Finch
Colin MacLachlan => Master Bowles
Denis Lawson => Capt. 'Dreadnought' Foster
Frank Boyce => Midshipman Cleveland
Frank Rozelaar-Green => Spanish captain
Ian McElhinney => Capt. Hammond
Ian McNeice => Tapling
Ioan Gruffudd => Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
Jonathan Aris => Clerkly Officer
Jonathan Coy => Lt. Bracegirdle
Paul Copley => Matthews
Peter Corey => HM Consul Duras
Robert Lindsay => Capt. Sir Edward Pellew
Rupert Holliday-Evans => Steward
Sean Gilder => Styles
Simon Sherlock => Oldroyd
Simon Slater => Cmdr. Morris

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Based on stories presented in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
  • During the examination, Captain Foster describes a situation "with Dover bearing north two miles" and a "nor'easterly wind" that "veers four points". That would put the wind at east, but Hornblower is told that he would have Dover under his lee, whereas he would, at worst, have Folkestone under his lee and that eight miles off. Unless the wind were to veer a further twelve points at gale force, the tide would never put a dismasted vessel anywhere near Dover.