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Horatio Hornblower: Duty [2003] (1 disc)
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Director:Andrew Grieve
Writer:Stephen Churchett
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: 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.


Reaction: A fine story to end the series on, though I wish they would continue.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Andrew Grieve => Director
Stephen Churchett => Writer
John E. Keane => Composer
C.S. Forester => Novels
Barbara Flynn => Mrs. Mason
Camilla Power => Betsy
David Birkin => Jerome Bonaparte
Greg Wise => Major Andre Cotard
Ioan Gruffudd => Commander Horatio Hornblower
Jim Carter => Etheridge
Jonathan Coy => Captain Bracegirdle
Jonathan Forbes => Midshipman Charles Orrock
Julia Sawalha => Maria Mason
Lorcan Cranitch => Wolfe
Paul Copley => Matthews
Paul McGann => Lieutenant Bush
Richard Syms => Parson
Robert Lindsay => Admiral Sir Edward Pellew
Ron Cook => Steward James Doughty
Sean Gilder => Styles
Timothy Deenihan => Maguire
Tony Haygarth => Master Prowse

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • According to the Hotspur's crew log each man signs before boarding, Matthews's Christian (first) name is Ben, age 45, and has served in the British Navy for over thirty years; Styles is 32 and has served eighteen years. Wolfe (the traitor) has the Christian name James, age 38, and has only been in the Navy five years.
  • Based on the books by C.S. Forester, particularly Hornblower and the Hotspur.