Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
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Critic Reviews for Captain Horatio Hornblower
Captain Horatio Hornblower showed the 64 year-old director Raoul Walsh still able to conjure up a rousing good action picture, even in color and with a largish budget.
...holds its own against Russell Crowe's CGI expeditions from topsail to yardarm, and this one has more plot.
Audience Reviews for Captain Horatio Hornblower
Decent filming of one of the C. S. Forster novels with a bit more romance than would normally be found in the books in the person of Virginia Mayo. High production values and solid acting make this very entertaining although the BBC series starring Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower is still the very best version of the books.
The movie takes sea-faring as serious as in a Disney theme park. While you drown in Technicolour (which is not always a bad thing) you struggle hard to find a story except for the pregenerated loveinterest between Peck and Mayo. Gregory Peck is, as usual, flawless and brilliant in his portrayal of a rather wooden man with a good heart, but the rest of the movie dims before his shine and becomes blurry and uninteresting. Not one of the good sea movies, out of the hundreds that Hollywood produced.
A classic, but most copies cut out some of the movie. Guess they figure people have no desire to see the original classic movie.
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