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Captain Horatio Hornblower Reviews

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½ January 16, 2017
The best swashbuckling sea adventure and inspiration for star trek.
April 24, 2016
A terrific swashbuckler! Perhaps not Atticus Finch but one of Peck funnest roles and I don't think anyone else could have done it as well. One of my sweetie's favorites so I get to see it fairly often.
½ January 16, 2016
A fine swashbuckler drama with a fine story and cast. They should remake this.
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 January 9, 2016
Captain Horatio Hornblower

Really elaborate costumes with realism.

The Point is made that Gregory Peck was the lowest in grade for sword fighting he has not sword fought since used last in school and does not plan to use sword fighting any further on his journey. The film is Almost making a point that he is no Errol Flynn.

Gregory Peck is no one like Errol Flynn as far as the behavior of women. Gregory Peck is almost A Captain Picard figure rather than a Captain Kirk.

The point is constantly made that this is a ship of war.

Two women board ship as passenger after delivered by a Spanish crew.

Crew been continually at sea for 8 months from England to Pacific South America in chase of French Napoleonic ship.

The ships and musical score are amazing.

The ship battles were pretty good even if they over steered and over kill on explosives.

I think it is great that a great deal of this film is filmed on location.

However something is lacking in this film as far as the characters go. With the exception of the leads there is something lacking as far as depth and believability in the surrounding characters and crew. Also the chemistry between characters is not at its full potential I believe. Besides that the rest of the film works.
August 19, 2015
True Timeless Classic
December 28, 2013
OK, so the technicalities of seafaring are little ambitious & the faithfulness to the original text loses its fidelity towards the end.
Compare it to the Hornblower of the 1990s starring Ioan Gruffudd & it doesn't seem as far fetched. It also shows that the effects & sets in 1951were damn good. For fans, it sort of finishes the series off rather than leaving in limbo.
Peck is a little unconvincing but looks the part!
Thoroughly enjoyed!
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.
½ June 26, 2012
Quite charming movie - of course Peck rarely disappoints and his ha-hum is expertly delivered for any Hornblower fan, I should think. It contains some exposition moments that have aged less than well, but are quite acceptable for the era. Most importantly, it manages to capture Hornblower's character and genius as a captain. Worth a watch for anyone who loves the old swashbuckling films from the golden age.
May 13, 2012
Raoul Walsh's swashbuckler, while a bit episodic and convenient in places, is still a lot of fun. Gregory Peck may strike you as a bit of an odd choice for the good Captain, but his charm and stoic strength support him when his accent doesn't. He and Virgina Mayo have good chemistry, and the action sequences are still tense and exciting. Plenty of awkward cultural caricatures, unfortunately. Written in part by the novel's author C.S. Forester.
April 30, 2012
One of the greatest naval epic films of all time. Not quite true to the fact it cuts an entire third of the original plotline down to a simple scene change, but, overall, it was masterfully done. There are outstanding performances by Leading Man Gregory Peck, in the title role, and Virginia Mayo, as the elegant socialite Lady Barabara Wellesley. After being drawn together by the horrors of battle, an almost imperceptable "flirtation" begins between Mayo's lofty Lady Barbara and Peck's lowly Captain Hornblower. The epic naval battles were brilliantly choreographed, and so much set the standard for naval battle cinematography that the ship-to-ship battle footage was still being used over 40 years later in other films about the period.
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.
April 23, 2012
Great naval adventure, based on CS Forester's series of books. Solid plot, energetically directed. Special effects are great, especially for 1951.

Gregory Peck is his usual brilliant self. Solid support from Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty and James Robertson Justice.

Great fun.
½ April 20, 2012
I enjoyed it until the whole romance bit.
Super Reviewer
April 5, 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.
April 5, 2012
½ February 29, 2012
The sea battles were quite exciting and very well done for 1951, being not far short of the much more recent Master & Commander. The plot was ok, despite a few oversights and even though it could do with 10-15mins trimmed out of the middle, I enjoyed it more than I expected to. 7.25/10
½ February 6, 2012
A total entertainer...a dash of exciting sea warfare with a dash of romance...nice
½ October 11, 2011
Good, old-fashioned adventure film, though with some dubious themes. The film definitely has that old time charm with overly formal acting, good humour, bright colours and some racist stereotypes played so straight that nowadays the movie would be outright banned. The movie has some flaws, though. The actors, while charismatic and suave, don't really feel like sailors, and sometimes it's hard to tell them apart, because they look so alike. Plus the native Americans are portrayed... well, not in the most positive of lights, let me tell you. Again, the movie is racist as hell, but it's so old that you forgive it for not knowing any better. But the biggest flaw in my eyes is the way the two main characters get together in the end. Their respective spouses just happen to die conveniently, which raises all sorts of unfortunate implications. That ruined the movie for me, truth be told. It's still a good movie, but that romance subplot was just painful to witness.
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