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Based on the rousing sea adventures in C.S. Forester's novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, the four-film television series Horatio Hornblower explores the education of a plucky young officer rising through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy. Ioan Gruffudd is all integrity and honor as the ambitious midshipman who is taken under the stern yet nurturing guidance of Captain Pellew (Robert Lindsay) during the war against France in the French Revolution. Through these four adventures he faces a vindictive senior midshipman ("The Even Chance"); meets his hero, a reckless captain whose unorthodox methods are brave but foolhardy ("The Examination for Lieutenant"); is captured by the Spanish in a desperate maneuver to sneak through enemy lines ("The Duchess and the Devil"); and leads his men to French soil in an ill-planned attempt by French loyalists to start a popular front against the revolution ("The Frogs and the Lobsters"). The excellent re-creations of 18th-century vessels and ship-to-ship battles are astounding and reminiscent of such classic Hollywood seafaring adventures as Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, not to mention Captain Horatio Hornblower, with Gregory Peck as the only previous screen incarnation of Forester's hero. This mixture of swashbuckling adventure and British naval tradition is leavened with well-placed humor and a cast of colorful characters, but at the heart of the tales is Gruffudd's quick-thinking, courageous Hornblower, a starry-eyed officer with the luck of the gods and the steely determination of an old-fashioned hero. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Includes the episodes:
  • The Wrong War
  • The Duchess and the Devil
  • The Fire Ships
  • The Duel
  • The Making of Horatio Hornblower, including cast interviews
  • England's Royal Warships, with Edward Windsor, an extraordinary 50-minute tour of Lord Nelson's legendary flagship, The HMS Victory, and the vessels that will carry the navy into the future
  • Glossary of nautical terms & definitions
  • C.S. Forester biography
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Ioan GruffuddMidshipman Horatio Hornblower
Robert LindsayCapt. Sir Edward Pellew
Dorian HealyMidshipman Jack Simpson
Michael ByrneCapt. Keene
Robert BathurstLt. Eccleston
Paul CopleyMatthews
Sean GilderStyles

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
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  • Producer: A&E Video
  • Length: 93 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1998
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 8, 2000
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