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Hornblower: The Duchess And The Devil [DVD] [1999]

Ioan Gruffudd , Robert Lindsay , Andrew Grieve    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Cherie Lunghi, Christopher Fulford, Ronald Pickup
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Writers: C.S. Forester, Patrick Harbinson
  • Producers: Andrew Benson, Delia Fine, Peter Richardson, Vernon Lawrence
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00007L3RK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,260 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based freely on the classic novels by C.S. Forester, Hornblower is a series of TV films following the progress of a young officer through the ranks of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The series greatest asset is the handsome and charismatic Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role, surely a major star in the making.

For television films the production values are very good, though as Titanic, Waterworld and The Perfect Storm demonstrated, filming an aquatic adventure is a very expensive business, and it is clear that the Hornblower dramas simply make the best of comparatively small budgets. No more faithful to Forester's books than the 1951 Gregory Peck classic Captain Horatio Hornblower, the real inspiration seems to have come from the success of Sharpe, starring Sean Bean, which likewise featured a British hero in the Napoleonic Wars. Nevertheless, while rather more easy going than the real British navy of the time, the Hornblower saga delivers an entertaining adventure, greatly enhanced by the presence of such guest stars as Denis Lawson, Cheri Lunghi, Ronald Pickup and Anthony Sher.

"The Duchess and the Devil" has Hornblower and his men taken prisoners of war.--Gary S Dalkin

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Another episode from the TV adaptation of C.S. Forester's maritime novels. Acting Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd) is asked to accompany the Duchess of Wharfedale to England after capturing a French ship, and is also entrusted with the protection of important naval despatches. Hornblower reveals the despatches to the Duchess when they are captured by the Spanish fleet, but begins to wonder how far she can be trusted.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower great story Line 15 Jun 2013
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Thank goodness I read good reviews about Hornblower, as I reckon it's got to be the best navy drama around. The characters are great and interact really well with one another and the denouements of the stories are never obvious.
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