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"Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N." Review - Napoleonic War Movie! Gregory Peck?

Captain Horatio Hornblower 1951 Gregory Peck Virginia Mayo

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#1 GregoryPeckfan

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 12:40 PM

This was based upon a series of books of a fictional Captain.  As such, it was not going to be realistic regarding Bonaparte.  It was going to be a romantic triangle and focusing upon fun seafaring. 


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Posted 12 October 2015 - 05:06 PM

Ian--List of other Napoleonic Era films:

 

"Desiree"--(1954)--Mostly from Jean Simmons" point of view--Marlon Brando does co-star--are some battle scenes, but aren't Total subject of film.

 

"John Paul Jones" (1959)--mostly naval strategy--some battle scenes--Bette Davis has a cameo in this.

 

"The Buccaneer" (1958)--mostly at sea--Warning--is maybe 2 &1/2 stars--script is muddled.

 

Re H.H.--I guess you Did have high hopes for the film--you sounded definitely unhappy.  But I agree with you about Virginia Mayo & Gregory Peck being underwhelming in their parts--Peck had had a string of box-office hits, & Mayo was under contract (therefore cheap), pretty, thus a perfect fit for the part.

 

I saw the film in my teens--back then, it seemed a perfectly good actioner, LOL. :)


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Posted 08 September 2015 - 04:19 AM

This is one of my favorite war genres! I was really excited to see this movie because it has Gregory Peck (one of my favorite actors)! However, I was disappointed :( I guess I had too high hopes. Let me know if you have seen any more Napoleonic war films that take place at sea that I did not mention in my review. I would love to see it! My next review is going to be a Paul Muni film, who is also one of my favorite actors of all time. Be sure to subscribe to me on YouTube or comment on my videos if you are enjoying these reviews! 

 

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