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Hornblower: Mutiny (2001)

Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

T.R. Bowen (screenplay), C.S. Forester (books)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower
Robert Lindsay ... Commodore Sir Edward Pellew
David Warner ... Captain James Sawyer
Nicholas Jones ... Lieutenant Buckland
Paul McGann ... Lieutenant Bush
Jamie Bamber ... Lieutenant Archie Kennedy
Philip Glenister ... Gunner Hobbs
Paul Copley ... Matthews
Sean Gilder ... Styles
David Rintoul ... Dr. Clive
Terence Corrigan Terence Corrigan ... Midshipman Wellard
Gilly Gilchrist ... Randall
Paul Brightwell Paul Brightwell ... Sergeant Whiting
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moses Rockman Moses Rockman ... Bowman
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Storyline

Sir Edward Pellew visits Horatio Hornblower who is jail in Jamaica awaiting his trial on a charge of making a mutiny. His problems began six months earlier when he was appointed Third Lieutenant aboard the HMS Renown under the famous Captain James Sawyer. It soon becomes apparent to several of the officers, including Horatio's friend Archie Kennedy who is aboard ship as Fourth Lieutenant that the Captain is suffering from madness of some sort. He is cruel and sees conspiracies everywhere. Both Horatio and Midshipman Welland prove to be the particular objects of his wrath. The situation is not helped by an inexperience First Lieutenant who does not command the Captain's respect and a newly arrived Second Lieutenant who doesn't seem ready to challenge the Captain in any way. Written by garykmcd

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Details

Official Sites:

A&E Television Networks

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny See more »

Filming Locations:

South Devon, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The part when a sailor falls to his death when captain Sawyer threatens to flog the last man down from working aloft was based on a really incident. On 20 September 1797, Captain Hugh Pigot of the HMS Hermione made the same threat, and three sailors died as consequence. Captain Pigot ordered the bodies thrown to the sea, without further ceremony, with the words "throw the lubbers overboard". Concidentally, there are other similarities between the fictional HMS Renown and the real HMS Hermione: both of the happened at roughly the same period. Also, a midshipman named David Casey was humiliated by Pigot -in this case forcing him to kneel before him-, also, there were lieutenants named Archibald and William, the ship did sail into Spanish waters (where she was retained) and, when recaptured from the Spanish in 1799, the ship was renamed HMS Retaliation (similar to HMS Renown). The final coincidence is that Pigot's practices ultimately led to mutiny, which claimed his life. See more »

Goofs

The HMS Renown is painted in the style known as the Nelson Chequer, with black and yellow bands and black gun ports, which is dated from 1803 when he took over command of the Victory, and subsequently painted his ships as such. The film is based in 1801. However, it is possible that Nelson was copying a ship he saw before his command of the Victory, and captains were allowed to paint their ships however they wished, so the Renown may have been the ship or one of the ships that may have inspired Nelson to create the Nelson Chequer. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Cmmdre. Sir Edward Pellew: So you believe the Captain's behaviour was due to him falling down the hold.
3rd Lt. Horatio Hornblower: That's what seemed to push him over the edge.
Cmmdre. Sir Edward Pellew: That's an interesting choice of words, Mr. Hornblower.
[walks towards Hornblower]
Cmmdre. Sir Edward Pellew: How did the Captain come to fall?
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16 April 2001 | by Ron-181See all my reviews

I have now seen all six of the A&E Hornblower series and find it one of the best produced series TV has ever done. I will say five and six were slow paced and moved more like a soap opera but the writing has been outstanding the cast is professional and superior in every way. The first four episodes rated 8 & 9 's in my book but these last two dropped a little to a 7 because of the pacing. Excellent family fare and I am sure everyone will find them entertaining.


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