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Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998)

Hornblower: The Even Chance (original title)
Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (stories), Russell Lewis (screenplay)
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 16 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Midshipman Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Dorian Healy ... Midshipman Jack Simpson
Michael Byrne ... Captain Keene
Robert Bathurst ... Lieutenant Eccleston
Duncan Bell Duncan Bell ... Midshipman Clayton
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Simon Sherlock Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Finch
Jamie Bamber ... Midshipman Archie Kennedy
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
Roger May Roger May ... Lieutenant Chadd
Vincent Grass ... Captain Forget
Richard Lumsden ... Midshipman Hether
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Storyline

Midshipman Horatio Hornblower joins the British fleet just as the French Revolution is about to change European history. But he has worries closer to home as he incurs the wrath of a shipmate named Simpson, a bully who everyone else avoids and placates. Events lead to a duel, but one of Hornblower's mates takes his place and is killed. At war with France, Hornblower and Simpson are assigned different ships, but are reunited when Simpson's ship is sunk. Events lead to another duel with different results. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Hornblower attacks the French corvettes while still under French colors, he is violating the Rules of War. A legitimate ruse of war required hauling down the false colors and flying your true colors. See more »

Quotes

Midshipman Clayton: Damned unsporting of the everlasting to fix his canon 'gainst self-slaughter. If you ask me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Story of the Costume Drama: Picture Perfect (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart of Oak
Traditional
Music by William Boyce
Lyrics by David Garrick
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User Reviews

 
Wonderfully done...
29 May 1999 | by Rusty-34See all my reviews

Okay, these movies should fare good if these were on the big screen. Well-written adventure stories about a handsome young hero going out to save the British navy from many problems. He knows his duty and he's one of the most clever officers in the British navy. The actors and actresses also have the British accent and feel to prove it. Their remaking of the Indefagitable was wonderfully done, spectacularly! Hornblower pulls off some clever stunts. The brutality of the conflicts were done well. Ioan Gruffudd is excellent at the character of Hornblower himself! He's one brave fellow!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horatio Hornblower: The Duel See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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