Hornblower: The New Adventures


#1

Did anyone else catch the new Hornblower movie tonight on A&E. I did, and of course, I loved it. Sure, they somewhat butchered the book, but kept much of the spirit of the story alive, which I’m fine with. What did y’all think?


#2

In general, I think it was very well done, like the earlier episodes. However, Hornblower staring down the barrel of a gun only to be saved by a last-second off-screen shot has been done at least once to often now.


#3

Dammit! I forgot to Tivo it. Hopefully A&E will replay it.


#4

Hopefully someone will rip it and put a bittorrent up on suprnova.org.

What I really miss are the “Sharpe’s (insert noun here)” series. Sean Bean was great in that series.


#5

Welp, the second movie which premiered tonight, “Duty,” was excellent, and set up the hopefully next installment of the series based on the book, “Hornblower and the Atropos.” Personally, I can’t wait.


#6

Huzzah for Tivo and Hornblower. I just spent an hour yelling “FIRE!” and “CLEAR FOR ACTION!” along with Paul McGann. He’s so darn cute when he yells.

[size=2]My husband, trying to program game AI in the other room, did not find it as amusing.[/size]


#7

Yeah, he does an excellent job as Leftennant Bush.


#8

So I am actually watching the whole series, spurred on by my moderating a Napoleonic-era Play by Forum Wargame and I am really quite impressed. I’d never seen these, and I don’t know how I missed them. The deviations from the books are actually well done, and quite plausible. Very true to the Forester novels. I think @divedivedive mentioned them too in the TOS thread a couple months ago too. Really spotless and very historically accurate too, IMO.


#9

I’ve never seen the series, just read the books. Heard good things about it though. Warframe sounds cool too, the Napoleonic/War of 1812 era is probably the single most interesting to me.


#10

I love the movies so much. I wish they’d been able to make all of the books into shows.

Now go watch Captain Horatio Hornblower with Gregory Peck.

And then Damn the Defiant with Alec Guinness.


#11

I haven’t seen either in ten years or so, but yeah, I think that’s gotta happen now.


#12

WATCH THEM NOW DAMN YOUR EYES


#13

Can I just say that David Warner was stellar portraying Captain Conway? He’s such a damn fine actor.


#14

Yeah, stellar casting, that.


#15

For a moment seeing this, I thought that they were creating a new series. Boo, for crushing all my hopes.

Love the books. One of my favorite TV series, and Ioan Gryffud is perfectly cast as Hornblower. It’s such a pity that he did not get his wish to play the character through his entire career. Unfortunate that this kind of series is so expensive to shoot.


#16

I felt the same way, truth be told. I’m still glad we got as much as we did, but I would’ve loved more.