Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil

Synopsis: Hornblower captures the French vessel, Le Reve, and is asked by Pellew to sail her back to England so that she can be outfitted for the English navy, and also, as a favor, to convey the unusual Duchess of Wharfedale back home. Unfortunately, Le Reve, Hornblower, the duchess and the crew are captured by the Spanish and imprisoned. There, Horatio finds Kennedy, wasted and hopeless from months in solitary. Against the odds, Horatio must find a way to escape with Kennedy, against Hunter's protests, and with the growing suspicion that the duchess may not be who she appears.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director(s): Andrew Grieve
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 8 nominations.
93 min

(shouting in French)

I had one of them in my sights.

Why not let me shoot?

Because that is not my plan,

Mr. Hunter.

The plan?

We're here to fight them,

aren't we?

No, we're here to defeat them.

(shouting in French)

Bonjour, mes amis.



Les Anglais!





No, it's King George, frog-face!

Come on, men!

Forward, men!

(shouting, grunting)

You evil...


(speaking French)



It'll take a bigger rat

than you, boy.

Quarter-deck, get the officers!

I must ask you

to surrender, Captain.


Lay down your arms!

Very well.

To whom do I have the honor

of surrendering

my ship, sir?

Horatio Hornblower,

acting lieutenant

of His Britannic Majesty's

frigate, Indefatigable.

Mr. Hornblower,

where are the rest of my men?

Lieutenant Dubois?

They met with

an... accident ashore.

But they are unharmed.

Do you want

this one below, sir?

You have my sword.

I will not attempt to escape.

I have already lost

my ship.

I will not compound my shame

by breaking my word.

Today the luck was with me, sir.

Make sail for Gibrattar,

Mr. Hunter.

We will rejoin the Indie.

Aye aye, sir.

Mr. Hornblower's plan

worked out handsomely

didn't it, Mr. Hunter?

Aye, it did.

With some luck it did.

Aye, well, he is lucky,

our Mr. Hornblower.

Got the devil's own luck.

And we should make

a tidy profit

if those whoresons

of prize clerks

don't try to cheat us

of it.

Which they might well do

if they find out

how we cheated to win her.

Sour bastard.


Hip, hip...



Hip, hip...


Hip, hip...


The Indie's cheering us,


Thank you, Matthews.

Keep your eyes

on the job.


Aye aye, sir.

Let fly!

Douse the staysail!

Come back on those halyards!

And let go!

The capture of Le Reve was

the first successful action

this squadron has taken

against French or Spanish ships

in the entire six weeks

of blockade.

Your plan was good,

your execution excellent.

Thank you, sir.

By my reckoning though,

Mr. Hornblower

it has made you

somewhat richer.

That's why you wanted

the Indefatigable

hid, isn't it?

Not at all, sir.

So that her captain

and her officers

and her men would not have

a share in your fortune.

Sir, I do protest.

That was not

my intention.

The captain

is jesting.

I see, sir,


How much do you think

the Le Reve is worth,

Mr. Bracegirdle?

A good 4,000, sir.

Makes you richer

by a thousand...

Mr. Hornblower.

Ever had a thousand pound?

A thousand?

No, sir,

not even a hundred.

Oh, well,

at least you'll be able

to spend some of it

on a new uniform.

I can recommend Cutler

and Gross in Portsmouth.

They'd be very happy

to deprive you

of some of your riches.

Portsmouth, sir?


They want me to...

I think they "request

and require you to."

Request and require me

to take Le Reve to England.

To Portsmouth.

She is to be purchased

into the service

as a... dispatch vessel.

The utmost expedition.

England, sir?

Yes, England, boy.

A big, damp, foggy island,

nor-nor east of Ushant.

Think you can find it?

Oh, yes, sir.


You sail tomorrow.

However, before you slip

your moorings, Mr. Hornblower

I think you will find here

a much sterner test.

Their excellencies,

Major General Sir Hew

and Lady Dalrymple,

request the pleasure

of Sir Edward Pellew and...

acting Lieutenant Horatio...


At Government House?


Bet you wish you had

that new uniform now

eh, Mr. Hornblower?

What do I do if they ask me

To carve, Mr. Hunter?

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