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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.

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Gregory Peck
as Capt. Horatio Hornblower, R.N
Virginia Mayo
as Lady Barbara Wellesley
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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Critic Reviews for Captain Horatio Hornblower

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Excellent adventure stuff.

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It is unlikely that even the most intense of Hornblower admirers will find anything to complain of in Peck's portrait of the lion-hearted captain, or of Miss Mayo's impersonation of the fiery, lovely Lady Barbara.

August 20, 2021 | Full Review…


March 7, 2010 | Full Review…

Brilliant adventure film with rich visual style.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

May 15, 2009 | Full Review…

A thinking person's swashbuckler.

October 16, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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
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
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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