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Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001)

Hornblower: Retribution (original title)
Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.

Director:

Andrew Grieve

Writers:

C.S. Forester (stories), Ben Rostul (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Ian McElhinney ... Captain Hammond
John Castle ... Captain Collins
Gilly Gilchrist ... Randall
Antonio Gil ... Colonel Francisco Manuel Ortega (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
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Storyline

Before taking the Renown back to Jamaica for their court martial on charges of mutiny, Hornblower, Kennedy, and Bush convince an insecure and indecisive Lt. Buckland, now acting captain, that it would be appropriate to launch a surprise attack on the Spanish fortress at Santo Domingo. Matters are complicated when the inept Buckland incurs the enmity of the local rebels, who now regard them as enemies too. Captain Sawyer's increasing paranoia, deserting seamen, Buckland's growing jealousy of Hornblower, and the duplicity of the Spaniards all complicate the already perilous situation. Written by Gabe Taverney {duke1029@aol.com}

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the trial, when Hobbs compares captain Sawyer to admiral Nelson, Commodore Pellew and the other judges seem quite uncomfortable, with Pellew awkwardly muttering "Yes...Nelson". This is actually a very accurate historical reaction, giving the fact that, at the time, Nelson had become a piece of gossip and a source of public embarrassment for the Royal Navy for his open affair with Emma Hamilton, wife of the British ambassador to Naples. Fellow commanders and high society were extremely critical, claiming Nelson put himself before his duty and his conduct was unfit of a gentleman, even considering the option of removing him from command; yet he was loved and revered among the sailors. This makes the scene extremely very authentic. See more »

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When the Spanish prisoners break into the captains cabin, Captain Sawyer and Midshipman Wellard are standing behind the table, with Wellard to the Captains left. After they are shot, the scene showing them laying on the deck, now has Wellard to the Captains right. See more »

Quotes

2nd Lt. Bush: I know what happens when metal overheats. My uncle was a blacksmith.
3rd Lt. Horatio Hornblower: I believe they call it the co-efficient expansion, sir.
2nd Lt. Bush: Oh. I call it bloody dangerous.
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Amazing
28 October 2013 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

The trial begins proper. Will the lieutenants be found guilty of mutiny, and if so, which of them? And what were the circumstances surrounding Sawyer's(Warner, embodying the desperation, the strong if frail mind, and the madness) fall? We get the rest of what happened between the then and now. This cuts tautly, always leaving us in suspense, back and forth between that, and the investigation - where Pellew(Lindsay, balancing the pride of a father-figure with the strict discipline of a military officer) must be part of the tribunal that may end up calling for the execution of his protégé, Hornblower(Gruffudd, just a man of clever ruses, who sometimes lets his sympathies get the better of him).

The pace and sheer amount of twists and developments is ruthless. So much happens in such little time, and the layers keep even the least patient viewer well occupied. A dinner between several men held in high regard is packed with weighted words, hidden meaning, each of them in a different place. Realism(with just a couple of forgivable, and badass, exceptions), filming(hardly ever betraying that this was not made for the silver screen), action, character study, etc. All this accomplished with the utmost expertise.

Themes include that it is lonely at the top, loyalty, friendship and reputation. This is a heartbreaking entry, and not everyone will make it through, as new challenges are discovered, attempts are made to salvage what may be lost, and the fortitude of many will be tested. Acting is beyond reproach. Dialog quotable, tight and allowing for some humor to release the thick tension. This is an astounding second half to the story started in the episode immediately prior to it.

There is some bloody, disturbing and violent content in this. I recommend this to any fan of adventure and drama. 9/10


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