Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)


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Gregory Peck stars as the title character in this swashbuckling saga of the high seas based on C.S. Forester's novel. In 1807, Hornblower is given a special assignment by the British Navy: he is to deliver a supply of weapons to El Supremo (Alec Mango), a Latin American rebel leading an uprising against Spain. However, by the time Hornblower arrives, it is discovered that the political winds have shifted, Spain and England are once again allies, and El Supremo is now the enemy of the British … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: C.S. Forester, Aeneas MacKenzie, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007
Warner Bros. Pictures


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as Lady Barbara Wellesl...

as Lt. William Bush

as Adm. Leighton

as Lt. Gerard

as Midshipman Longley

as Lt. Crystal

as Gundarson

as Mr. Harrison

as Capt. Etenza

as Lord Hood

as Adm. Macartney

as Mrs. McPhee

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


As a fan of the book series and the A&E/ITV miniseries...I enjoyed this film. It wasn't as entertaining as either...and the miniseries took its time more carefully with the characters, but this is a decent adaptation with a lot going on and some vibrant technicolor.

Kenny Scheck

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