This film is over fifty years old now, but the quality is still excellent. The story is set in a British Navy ship during the napoleonic wars, and is an amalgamation of three of C.S Forester's best novels, (The happy return, A ship of the line, and Flying Colours). The screenplay was adapted by the author, CS Forester himself in person, so what we get here is a version created by the author himself that removes the clutter from the novels but stays true to the basic storyline, and to the characters themselves.
As a result the film moves at a fast pace, the action never stops and although the film is quite long, it is over before you know it, leaving you wanting more. Gregory Peck is outstanding as Captain Horatio Hornblower, giving the character real life and heart. This film is a must for all lovers of naval history and Gregory Peck.
This film gets the full five stars from me for script, production, locations, costumes and performances. This movie is a real treasure not to be missed.