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Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999)

Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (original title)
Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (novels), Chris Ould (screenplay)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Sir Edward Pellew
Antony Sher ... Colonel Moncoutant
Samuel West ... Major Lord Edrington
John Shrapnel ... General Charette
Peter Vaughan ... Admiral Lord Hood
Estelle Skornik Estelle Skornik ... Mariette
Jamie Bamber ... Acting Lieutenant Archie Kennedy
Jonathan Coy ... Lieutenant Bracegirdle
Colin MacLachlan Colin MacLachlan ... Master Bowles
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
Simon Sherlock Simon Sherlock ... Oldroyd
Jean Badin Jean Badin ... Fauré
Ian Lindsay Ian Lindsay ... Collins
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Storyline

Hornblower is called to take a company of British troops (which the sailors call lobsters because of their red coats) and a company of French nationalists to France to fight in the revolution. But Hornblower is horrified by the brutality of the French commander as he guillotines everyone in a village that destroyed his former home and his unwillingness to take part in the actual battles. However, when the commander and his men set out to rape and brutalize a young school teacher, Hornblower vows his protection of her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Peniche, Portugal See more »

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Trivia

The guillotine used for the execution scenes was designed, built and supervised by a local Portuguese magician. See more »

Goofs

The invasion is supposed to take place in Brittany (Bretagne), which has an oceanic climate, with abundant rain leading to a green countryside. However the location used for filming seems to be Mediterranean, warm and dry, dusty, and with typical vegetation (less grass, coniferous trees like pines), possibly Provence. See more »

Quotes

Major Edrington: [referring to Horatio] Mr.Kennedy?
[pause]
Major Edrington: Watch out for him.
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The best in the current series!
31 January 2000 | by alteaSee all my reviews

The 4-part made for tv-series comes to an end, at the moment that is, with a terrific final episode! This episode is the best installment of all four movies! It has everything from espionage, intrigue, murder, war, horror to romance and beyond, you name it! It is a classic! Each minute of the movie is filled with great drama! This is Horathio Hornblower at its best! BTW the use of music in this episode is excellent. So now that the series comes to an end I hope that we will see Horathio Hornblower very soon again on the little screen, until then, it is back to the novels of Forester to fill in these waiting days!

Conclusion: The series is highly recommended! It is an oases compared to the desert of day to day tv-fare!


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