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Captain Horatio Hornblower Reviews

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Super Reviewer
January 30, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2009
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.
January 14, 2016
A classic, but most copies cut out some of the movie. Guess they figure people have no desire to see the original classic movie.
½ September 15, 2011
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.
½ September 10, 2010
This is one of my favorite moves. This one actually picks up where the A&E Horatio Hornblower series left off.
July 22, 2014
Every period pirate movie should be this good.
August 2, 2015
True Timeless Classic
February 22, 2013
The movie features fine acting and quite good battle scenes
July 22, 2012
Peck seems a little too confident to be Hornblower. Unfortunately the love affair eclipses the rest of the plot.
April 25, 2012
A striking adaption of C.S. Forester's swashbuckling novel, starring Gregory Peck as the title character in one of his most memorable roles. In more recent times this movie would have spawned a number of sequels.
½ October 5, 2011
"War breeds strange allies, Mr. Bush."-Captain Hornblower (Gregory Peck)


A fun swashbuckling adventure.
½ February 3, 2009
Some good sea battles and for it's time really thorough storytelling. The silliness is from the shallow wading pools of acting from everybody except the hero and heroine. Peck is cool, but the primary villian he has to conquer is made to be so monkey-like it distracts from all the good parts of the film.
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