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Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998)

Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (original title)
While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

Mike Cullen (screenplay), C.S. Forester (novels)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Acting Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Denis Lawson ... Captain 'Dreadnought' Foster
Ian McNeice ... Tapling
Andrew Tiernan ... Bunting
Jonathan Coy ... Lieutenant Bracegirdle
Ian McElhinney ... Captain Hammond
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Finch
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Simon Sherlock Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
Rupert Holliday-Evans ... Steward
Frank Boyce Frank Boyce ... Midshipman Cleveland
Peter Corey Peter Corey ... HM Consul Duras
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Storyline

Still serving aboard the HMS Indefatigable, Horatio Hornblower has been promoted to acting Lieutenant. Neutral Spain has concluded a peace treaty with France and the British now have another enemy to face. They soon come across a sunken British supply ship and rescue its Captain, 'Dreadnought' Foster, a man with a reputation for bravery that some consider borders on foolishness. Hornblower is also pleased to learn that Captain Pellew has scheduled him for the next round of Lieutenants exams. Tempers are short with the crew after they are put on half rations due to the lack of supplies. After acquiring more supplies, Hornblower finds himself in charge of a supply ship when it is feared that plague may also be aboard. He soon makes it to Gibraltar, but when the enemy send a fire ship into the harbor, he must act quickly to avert disaster. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Trivia

The question given at Hornblower's Lieutenant examination, that of what to do in response to a "full a-back", relates to the sails of a ship suddenly flattening against the mast due to a change in wind. The correct answer (which Hornblower clearly does not know) is to put the helm over, haul up the mainstay and spanker sails, and then shift the helm in the opposite direction in order to fill the after-sails with wind in order to regain headway. Once the wind has been recovered, the ship should then brace up the sails and bring the ship's course directly in front of the wind. The maneuver to regain wind after a fall a-back is known as "chapelling", or "Chapel Ship", and would have been something which Hornblower absolutely should have known. See more »

Goofs

The real HMS Indefatigable was a 38 gun heavy frigate armed with 24 pounders plus six 42 pounder carronades for a total of 44 guns, razéed from a 64 gun Ardent class ship of the line, whereas it is represented here as a 20 gun post ship. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Bracegirdle: [Observing Hornblower as he stares out to sea] Something disturbs your thoughts, I fancy.
Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower: Just thinking of the distances we travel and yet how far we've still to sail as men.
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Referenced in Archer: Sea Tunt: Part 1 (2013) See more »

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The British Man-of-War
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Brilliant!
12 February 2000 | by annalisa-2See all my reviews

Although I am not anything like a history-buff, I must say that I loved watching Hornblower. Andrew Grieve did an amazing job. He turned, together with the writer, of course, C.S Forester's book into a completely understandable, exiting adventure. Ioan Gruffudd did a fantastic job playing Horatio Hornblower, but let's not forget the other cast members: Robert Lindsay, Sean Gilder, Colin MacLachlan and all the others were outstanding too. Together they made a wonderful story, which, although it happened about 300 years ago, is still incredibly up to date.


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