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Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999)

(aka: Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters)



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The final episode of the British made-for-television film series is arguably the weakest, though it suffers only by comparison with the other three films. Much of the complexities in the plot hinge on Hornblower's love affair with a French peasant, but their relationship is never quite believable. It isn't given the attention needed to be something more than a mechanical pawn of the plot. The other facets of the story, involving French rebels and British soldiers and a war in which the alliances seem to be the wrong way around, fare better. The film is entitled The Wrong War in the US; The Frogs and the Lobsters in the UK.

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