Horatio Hornblower

Season 1 Episode 4

The Wrong War (aka The Frogs and the Lobsters)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 1999 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • At the end when the ships' guns fire on the French troops, men can be seen falling over well before the explosions.

  • Quotes

    • Hornblower: You do not kow me, madmoiselle. If you knew me, you would not be so quick to doubt me.

    • Matthews: What size is the bridge, sir?
      Hornblower: I'd imagine it's a bit bigger than the river, Matthews.

    • Kennedy: (upon seeing the French Royalist troops) Well, what do you make of them, Horatio?
      Hornblower: They seem a bit disorderly.
      Kennedy: The word 'shambles' might be more appropriate.

    • Styles: A frog is a frog, sir. And the only good frog is a dead frog, sir.

    • Hornblower: My lord. Is everything well?
      Major Edrington: Well? Look at this place, Mr. Hornblower. No artilliary would dare cross here and if they tried my mama could beat them off with her parasol.

    • Major Edrington: Never underestimate the enemy, Mr. Hornblower, but never overestimate an ally.

    • Hornblower: (trying to get his horse to turn) Damn this animal! What it needs is a rudder!

  • Notes

    • The guillotine used for the scene where Mariette is beheaded was supplied and supervised by a local Portuguese magician.

    • The events in this movie are taken from the book "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" by C.S. Forester

  • Allusions

    • Pellew: As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean.

      Sir Edward quotes lines 117 & 118 of Part One of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.