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Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War [1999]

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Director:Andrew Grieve
Writer:Chris Ould
Composer:John E. Keane
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: After earning his Lieutenant rank, Hornblower is sent to escort a team of exiled loyalist French soldiers in an ill advised vie to retake the country.


Reaction: This one can be a bit frustrating. Much of the time is taken up in a cat-and-mouse game that doesn't have the most satisfying resolution.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Andrew Grieve => Director
Chris Ould => Writer
John E. Keane => Composer
C.S. Forester => Novels
Antony Sher => Colonel Moncoutant
Colin MacLachlan => Master Bowles
Estelle Skornik => Mariette
Ian Lindsay => Collins
Ioan Gruffudd => Horatio Hornblower
Jamie Bamber => Acting Lt. Archie Kennedy
Jean Badin => Fauré
John Shrapnel => General Charette
Jonathan Coy => Lt. Bracegirdle
Paul Copley => Matthews
Peter Vaughan => Admiral Lord Hood
Robert Lindsay => Capt. Sir Edward Pellew
Samuel West => Major Edrington
Sean Gilder => Styles
Simon Sherlock => Oldroyd

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Based on stories presented in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
  • Captain Pellew's line, "As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean," is a quotation from the second part of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge. It was first published, anonymously, in 1798.
  • The guillotine used for the execution scenes was designed, built and supervised by a local Portuguese magician.