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Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999)

(aka: Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil)



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"Take them at least a minute to sink us, sir."

The Duchess and the Devil, third in a series of four Horatio Hornblower films, doesn't exceed made-for-television standards as the first two films do, and it doesn't help that the romanticism of the series is hurt by being largely set in a dirty prison than out on the expansive blue sea. Nevertheless, the film is admirable for its focus on characters, the continual questions it poses about their motives, and the intellectual games Hornblower plays with his opponents.

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