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Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)




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This swashbuckling high-seas drama, set in the early 1800s, finds its hero caught up in the shifting political tensions between Spain and England and in his own growing relationship with Lady Barbara Wellesley.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Aeneas MacKenzie, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Ben Roberts, C.S. Forester
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007
Warner Bros. Pictures


Gregory Peck
as Capt. Horatio Hornbl...
Virginia Mayo
as Lady Barbara Wellesl...
Robert Beatty
as Lt. William Bush
Denis O'Dea
as Adm. Leighton
Terence Morgan
as Lt. Gerard
James Kenney
as Midshipman Longley
Moultrie Kelsall
as Lt. Crystal
Michael Dolan
as Gundarson
Stanley Baker
as Mr. Harrison
John Witty
as Capt. Etenza
Kynaston Reeves
as Lord Hood
Ronald Adam
as Adm. Macartney
Amy Veness
as Mrs. McPhee
Alec Mango
as El Supremo
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All Critics (8)


Full Review… | March 7, 2010

Brilliant adventure film with rich visual style.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

A thinking person's swashbuckler.

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...holds its own against Russell Crowe's CGI expeditions from topsail to yardarm, and this one has more plot.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007

June 28, 2005

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

A classic, but most copies cut out some of the movie. Guess they figure people have no desire to see the original classic movie.

Virginia Davis

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