The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Romance, Drama, Action  |  9 November 1982 (USA)
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Villiers ...
Baron de Batz
Eleanor David ...
Malcolm Jamieson ...
Denis Lill ...
Ann Firbank ...
Richard Morant ...
Count de Beaulieu
John Quarmby ...
Gordon Gostelow ...
Carol MacReady ...
Mme. Duval


During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in society. Percy falls for and marries the beautiful actress Marguerite St. Just, but she is involved with Chauvelin and Robespierre, and Percy's marriage to her may endanger the Pimpernel's plans to save the little Dauphin. Written by Kathy Li

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9 November 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A skarlát virág  »

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The dramatic scene performed on stage by Marguerite, and later by Louise, is from 'Phaedra' by Jean Racine (1677). See more »


During the chase after he rescues the dauphin, Percy reacts as if he's shot, but his clothing shows no sign of damage from the bullet. Also, flintlock pistols had a very short effective range. If a soldier had really hit him, Percy couldn't have been so far ahead that the soldiers didn't see where he went after the wagon tipped over. See more »


Sir Percy: If I were to tell you that I adore you, would you have me do so stintingly?
Marguerite: *Adore* me?
Sir Percy: Or would you have me declare it as I feel it, with all my heart?
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One of the best of its kind!
9 September 2001 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

While this TV movie is not quite like the book, it has the advantage of being one of the best period pieces ever done. The casting was brilliant, the costumes superb, and the plot riveting. Seymour and Andrews were wonderful together. I enjoy the film increasingly with each viewing. The actors truly bring the characters to life, and Andrews is exactly how I had always pictured the Scarlet Pimpernel to look. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys Orczy's characters or likes period pieces in general.

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