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- kevin sellers
To my old pal Raymond Banacki, who sees a gay subtext in this film, may I suggest a glance at the hero's last name?
Captain Hornblower and Midshipman Longley.
- Raymond Banacki
Although this film didn't have the time for it - and it is a hyper-masculine Walsh adventure - I do wish that the film would've taken the time to explore the relationship between Captain Hornblower (Gregory Peck) and Midshipman Longley (James Kenney). Given its' time period and the nature of life at sea, this relationship would've been far more important than this film shows.
- kevin sellers
It's fun , like most of Raoul Walsh's films, but generally speaking, "Master And Commander" did it better. (i.e. Prefer O'Brian to Forester when it comes to British navy/swashbuckler stuff) P.S. To reviewer Randy below: Can I please audit your AP class? Sure sounds more diverting than mine.
What a terrific film! The story, actors ;especially Gregory Peck and Virginia Mayo, were really great. The cinematography was beautiful indeed. I so enjoy this great film each and every time you show it. Thank you TCM, for blessing us so with this one of so many movie gems you show us. Thank you.
don't like subject or hero
Must be something about that time period, but I can't stand this naval "hero" or the sets, costumes and story. It bores me themoment it comes on. Perhaps we all have our Bermuda Triangle time periods. Being Canadian, to me The War of 1812 was more important than any battles against Napoleon (whom I also find oddly boring). Just saying, admit I'm not in the loop for European naval or land battles of 1798-1815. Even the uniforms and colors annoy. Why so much blue if the British were redcoats?
A Personal Favorite
- Randy Roberts
I first saw this movie as a freshman in high school. It was part of an AP literature class. I've watched it every year since and for me it never gets old. The story, the characters, the acting, the setting, the music; it's what a movie should be..........just plain FUN.
Captain Horatio Hornblower
- Nick Mackris
one of Gregory Pecks greatest movies. One of my all time favorites. Please add it to the TCM schedule and if possible e-mail me when it will be on.
Great sea film!
My husband and I fell in love with Hornblower when the BBC did a series on him. It moved us to read all the books and I now watch everything I can about him. This film, in particular, is beautiful to watch and the story is terrific. Mayo is at her loveliest here. Peck, well what can you say about him but that every performance of his is steadfastly great. I liked seeing him vulnerable here, just as we did in "To Kill a Mockingbird," and it's always nice to see him show this side of his emotions in film. Highly recommend this great swashbuckling film!
Great High Seas Adventure
I saw this in the theater with my brother when we were young boys, and we were captivated. We swashbuckled our way around the house and yard for a couple of years afterwards. Compared with movies like Captain Blood and The Seahawk, it's interesting to compare how this genre appears 10-15 years later. Very well done and well worth a look.
MUST SEE MOVIE
CAPTAIN HORATIO HORNBLOWER, this is a movie I had never even heard of and decided to watch because I really like Gregory Peck. It was a great movie, had a great story the actors did a wonderful job and had a great ending. I will watch again.
An Action-Packed High-Seas Epic.
- Frank Harris Horn
Director Raoul Walsh goes on location in Alpes-Maritimes, France and in Middlesex, England with Gregory Peck starring in the title role in this swashbuckling saga based on C.S. "Jack" Forrester's novel set during the Napoleonic Wars. Peck as Capt. Horatio Hornblower, a British Navy officer, who sails his warship to the South Pacific for a confrontation with French Navy war vessels and their Spanish allies at an island fortress. An exciting, well-produced sea epic. Also starring Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Denis O'Dea, James Robertson Justice, Stanley Baker, Moultrie Kelsall, Terence Morgan, Richard Hearne, James Kenney, Alan Tilvern, Michael Dolan, Alec Mango, John Witty & Christopher Lee.
Repression on the High Seas
- Charles Novo
Nice movie with solid acting, screenplay, and photography. Peck is good as usual, and though Mayo is mostly window dressing, it is not her first time performing under this constraint. Both the principals are duly passionate, upright, and virtuous. The movie expresses old fashioned virtues and does not apologize for doing so.
Captain Horatio Hornblower
Gregorey Peck and Virginia Mayo were great in this movie of adventure on the high seas. This is a wonderful movie.