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Captain Horatio Hornblower
     

Captain Horatio Hornblower

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Director: Raoul Walsh, Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty

Cast: Raoul Walsh, Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty

 

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Gregory Peck stars as the title character in this swashbuckling 1951 saga of the high seas based on C.S. Forester's novel. In 1807, Hornblower is given a special assignment by the British Navy: he is to deliver a supply of weapons to El Supremo (Alec Mango), a Latin American rebel

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Gregory Peck stars as the title character in this swashbuckling 1951 saga of the high seas based on C.S. Forester's novel. In 1807, Hornblower is given a special assignment by the British Navy: he is to deliver a supply of weapons to El Supremo (Alec Mango), a Latin American rebel leading an uprising against Spain. However, by the time Hornblower arrives, it is discovered that the political winds have shifted, Spain and England are once again allies, and El Supremo is now the enemy of the British forces. Hornblower and his men are also forced to take on a passenger, Lady Barbara Wellesley (Virginia Mayo), a sister of the Duke of Wellington who is trying to escape an outbreak of yellow fever. When she shows symptoms of the disease, Hornblower tries to nurse her back to health while attempting to organize an attack on the armada he just helped to arm. Upon his return to England, Hornblower parts company with Wellesley (while they were attracted to each other, Hornblower remained loyal to his wife) and is given a new mission to take on Napoleon's naval forces. Captain Horatio Hornblower was originally scheduled to star Errol Flynn, but the role was recast when it was decided he'd grown too old to play the role convincingly (the fact Flynn was in the midst of one of his periodic battles with the brass at Warner Brothers certainly didn't help matters).

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Captain Horatio Hornblower features several nicely staged battle sequences and an excellent performance from Gregory Peck as the title character. Brought to the screen by veteran director Raoul Walsh and a fine Warner Bros. production team, the tale of honorable military service and heroism was well-suited to post-World War II audiences. Peck brings his customary aura of intelligence and moral authority to the role. If the film has a fault, it's that it spends too much time on Hornblower's uninteresting relationship with Lady Barbara Wellesley (Virginia Mayo); the scenes seem tacked-on, detracting from the naval drama.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/1994
UPC:
0085391136439
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Capt. Horatio Hornblower
Virginia Mayo Lady Barbara Wellesley
Robert Beatty Lt. William Bush
Terence Morgan Lieutenant Gerard
Denis O'Dea Admiral Leighton
Moultrie Kelsall Lt. Crystal
James Robertson Justice Quist
Stanley Baker Mr. Harrison
James Kenney Midshipman Langley
Richard Hearne Polwheal
Michael Dolan Gundarson
Alec Mango El Supremo
Ronald Adam Adm. Macartney
Michael Goodliffe Caillard
Christopher Lee Captain
Kynaston Reeves Lord Hood
Amy Veness Mrs. McPhee
Ingeborg Wells Hebe
John Witty Capt. Etenza

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director,Producer
Robert Farnon Score Composer
Ivan Goff Screenwriter
Guy Green Cinematographer
Jack Harris Editor
Aeneas MacKenzie Screenwriter
Gerry Mitchell Producer
Thomas H. Morahan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Roberts Screenwriter
C.S. Forester Source Author

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