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Hornblower: Mutiny

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Hornblower: Mutiny
Hornblower 5 Mutiny.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Andrew Grieve
Release Date 2001
Language English
Studio A+E Networks
Meridian Broadcasting
Distributor ITV
Main Cast
Character Actor
3rd Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower Ioan Gruffudd
Captain James Sawyer David Warner
1st Lieutenant Buckland Nicholas Jones
2nd Lieutenant William Bush Paul McGann
4th Lieutenant Archie Kennedy Jamie Bamber
Midshipman Wellard Terence Corrigan
Boatswain Matthews Paul Copley
Boatswain's Mate Styles Sean Gilder
Midshipman Hobbs Philip Glenister
Dr. Clive David Rintoul

Hornblower: Mutiny is the fifth installment of the Hornblower series of British historical war television films based on the works of C. S. Forester and starring Ioan Gruffudd as Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In Mutiny, set in 1801, Hornblower is the third Lieutenant aboard HMS Renown, a ship-of-the-line under the command of the famous Captain James Sawyer traveling to Santo Domingo on a mission to destroy a Spanish fort. Not long after setting sail it becomes clear Captain Sawyer is mentally unstable; when he irrationally suspects his officers - including Hornblower - plotting against him, he plans to arrest them. In doing so he falls head-first into the hold - under mysterious circumstances. Rendered incapable of resuming command, Buckland, the rather hesitant first lieutenant, takes charge. The film is based on the first part of the novel Lieutenant Hornblower.

The following weapons were used in the film Hornblower: Mutiny:


Dueling Flintlock Pistol

Captain James Sawyer (David Warner) owns a matched pair of Flintlock Pistols. These guns have an unusual combination of faceted barrel, typical for target or dueling pistols, belt hook that is seen on naval service pistols, and captured swivel ramrod, similar to the one used on the New Land Pattern pistols. For the most part, except for the ramrod and the belt hook, these guns resemble Pedersoli replica of Charles Moore Dueling Pistol.

In the night scene on the ship's deck, Sawyer offers Hornblower a pistol and tells to shoot him.
One of the pistols fires when Captain falls into the hold.
One of Sawyer's pistols is seen in the same scene.
Sawyer (David Warner) orders Buckland to place the other officers under arrest for mutiny.
Sawyer draws one of his pistols from the belt.
Sawyer aims at Midshipman Wellard (Terence Corrigan).
Hornblower stops Sawyer from shooting. The belt hook is seen perfectly.
Sawyer aims at Hornblower.
The pistol is aimed at Hornblower point-blank.

Heavy Dragoon Pistol

In the opening scene a Royal Marine officer carries a Heavy Dragoon Flintlock Pistol.

British Heavy Dragoon Pistol - .62 caliber
An officer in charge of a Marine squad in Kingston, Jamaica carries a Heavy Dragoon Pistol. His subordinates are armed with Brown Bess muskets.


Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

Royal Marines carry Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets.

Modern reproduction "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Infantry musket made from 1722-1768 - .75 caliber.
Marines in Kingston carry Brown Bess muskets.
Marines with muskets on the deck of HMS Renown.
A sentry with the musket outside the Captain's quarters.
Marines with muskets stand behind Captain Sawyer.
Marines arrest the officers under the Captain's order.
A good view of the barrel of a Brown Bess musket during the battle with the Spanish fort in Santo Domingo.

Other Weapons

Swivel Gun

Swivel Guns are mounted on HMS Renown.

Swivel Gun
A swivel gun on the quarterdeck.
A swivel gun is seen behind Boatswain's Mate Styles (Sean Gilder).

Naval Cannons

Ship-of-the-line HMS Renown carries 12-pounder guns on the top deck and 24- or 32-pounder guns on the main deck. The live action on the quarterdeck and the gundeck was shot on HMS Victory. The large cannons have flintlock ignition that is seen very close and detailed.

Naval cannon - 18th century
A coastal long gun in Kingston.
A heavy cannon on the main deck of Renown.
A flintlock is used to fire the cannon.
The rope leading to the flintlock is stretched before firing.
A close-up of the flintlock.
The crew adjusts the long gun on the top deck during the battle with the Spanish fort.

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