Hornblower: Mutiny

Synopsis: Sir Edward Pellew visits Horatio Hornblower who is jail in Jamaica awaiting his trial on a charge of making a mutiny. His problems began six months earlier when he was appointed Third Lieutenant aboard the HMS Renown under the famous Captain James Sawyer. It soon becomes apparent to several of the officers, including Horatio's friend Archie Kennedy who is aboard ship as Fourth Lieutenant that the Captain is suffering from madness of some sort. He is cruel and sees conspiracies everywhere. Both Horatio and Midshipman Welland prove to be the particular objects of his wrath. The situation is not helped by an inexperience First Lieutenant who does not command the Captain's respect and a newly arrived Second Lieutenant who doesn't seem ready to challenge the Captain in any way.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director(s): Andrew Grieve
  Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations.
240 min


Sir Edward Pellew himself

to see you, sir.

Very well,

you can leave us.

Your Honor,

I shall have

to lock you in.

Then do it.

That it should come to this.

You, of all people.

It's good of you

to come and see me, sir.

This is not a social call, man!

Good God, sir.

In a few hours,

you'll be on trial

for your life.

And unless there are extenuating

circumstances, you'll hang--

hang-- in front

of the entire squadron.

It was our duty to restore order

and discipline aboard ship, sir.

Order and discipline?

Black bloody mutiny, sir.

That's what the charge is.

And against a... captain

who's a hero of the Nile

and the Battle

of Cape St. Vincent.

One of Nelson's own,

dear God.

It was for the good

of the service, sir.

Hero or not,

we were headed

for disaster.

It's getting away from us.

Hold on!

Get that... lantern on!

We're carrying

too much sail, Archie.

Mr. Buckland,

we should take

another reef.

You're the officer of the watch,

Mr. Hornblower.

It's your decision.


around that cleat.

Ah, if this

keeps up, we'll be

aloft before long

I'll warrant you.

That'll sort out

the men from the boys.

Oh, God.

Stick with me, kid,

you'll grow up as bitter

as the rest of us.

Mr. Wellard,

my respects

to Captain Sawyer.

Please inform him

we're about to shorten sail.

Aye, aye, sir.

Matthews, hands aloft to

double-reef that main topsail.

Aye, aye, sir.

Told you.

Come on, lads.

Come on, Randall.

Come on, you little one,

get up there.


What brings you

to interrupt my fruit,

Mr. Wellard?

Um, Captain Sawyer, sir...

Come on, boy,

we won't eat you.

I don't believe

Dr. Clive and I have

enough room left

for a young


Couldn't manage

another thing.

Mr. Hornblower

sends his respects, sir

and to inform you

he's shortening sail.


Watch where you're going,


Just watch yourself,


Where do you think

you're going?

Steady, now.

Captain Sawyer, sir

I've ordered another reef

on the main topsail, sir.

So I hear, Mr. Hornblower.

Your decision alone?

Indeed, sir.

Mr. Buckland,

you're the first lieutenant.

Do my standing orders

require the officer of the watch

to inform me

before shortening sail or not?


"Sir"? What kind of answer

is that?

Do they

or do they not?

Yes, sir,

they do, sir.

Mr. Hornblower?

With respect, sir, your orders

require us to inform you

shortening sail, sir.

Don't come the sea lawyer

with me, sir.

Ahoy, there, gunner!

Mr. Hobbs!


Have you ever had difficulty

interpreting my orders?

Indeed, I have not, sir.

There you are, then.

A gunner has no trouble

understanding my orders.

What do you say to that,

Mr. Hornblower?

My apologies, sir,

I must have misunderstood.


The excellent men

of your own division,

are they not?

Perhaps by teaching them

a lesson

you'll learn something

of your own.

But, sir, it was I

who made the mistake.

Get to it, you lubbers!

The last man off the yardarm

gets a flogging--

a dozen at the gratings

for the last man on deck.

Out of the way,


I can't...

Come here, boy!

Pass the word for the doctor!

Pass the word

for the doctor!

He's dead, sir.



He's dead!

Dr. Clive will be

the judge of that.


Dead, sir.

What are you

waiting for,

Mr. Hornblower?

Have the lubber

thrown over the side.

Do you hear, Mr. Hornblower?

For God's sake, Horatio.

The lad's dead, sir.


bring him back.

Is that right,

Mr. Kennedy?

Yes, Styles, that's right.

We can read over him later, sir.

Mr. Hornblower,

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