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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship See more »

Filming Locations:

Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Trivia

The very first question asked at the Lieutenant's examination - to define a "Rhumb Line", relates to a course on the Earth's surface cutting all meridians at the same angle, used as the standard method of plotting a ship's course on a chart. In contrast to the confused looks of Hornblower and the others present, this is actually a basic question of navigation which any of the Midshipman at the examination should have known. See more »

Goofs

During the examination, Captain Foster describes a situation "with Dover bearing north two miles" and a "nor'easterly wind" that "veers four points". That would put the wind at east, but Hornblower is told that he would have Dover under his lee, whereas he would, at worst, have Folkestone under his lee and that eight miles off. Unless the wind were to veer a further twelve points at gale force, the tide would never put a dismasted vessel anywhere near Dover. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Sir Edward Pellew: Men like Bunting choose to cast themselves adrift.
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Connections

Followed by Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003) See more »

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The British Man-of-War
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Classic sea fairing drama!
28 May 1999 | by salty-9See all my reviews

Since the series of Hornblower began, I have waited quite anxiously for the next episode. The cast is excellent, the plot well thought out, and the battle scenes terrific. Ioan Grufford is excellent as the young Horatio Hornblower, and it's good to see a Derby actor such as Robert Lindsay back in a major role. Definitely worth watching this episode as it is one of the best for drama and action.


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