Another of A&E's made for TV versions of the Hornblower saga. This time Hornblower and the Hotspur are divided into two films and have quite a bit of new material added. I love the Hornblower sagas of adventure, loyalty, seafaring and duty. I don't really appreciate adding so much of the spies, land battles, and nonsense that the TV producers have included. Perhaps their production is better suited to filming on land. Shipboard life would undoubtedly be hard to film. However, one of the best parts of the Hornblower adventures is the life on board a navy ship at sea, with all its crowding, smells, hardship, poor food, worse water, and risk of death. It's a rollicking good yarn, and does have the flavor of Hornblower on the Hotspur, but leaves out more than it adds. Good film, but not as good as if they had stuck more to the original adventures.