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The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  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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James Villiers ...
Baron de Batz
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Count de Beaulieu
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John Quarmby ...
Ponceau
Gordon Gostelow ...
Duval
Carol MacReady ...
Mme. Duval
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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 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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The dramatic scene performed on stage by Marguerite, and later by Louise, is from 'Phaedra' by Jean Racine (1677). See more »

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When the Scarlet Pimpernel is helping the family to escape in the coffins, the man gets into the coffin on the right. When the coffins are reopened, the man emerges from the coffin on the left. And if you watch really closely, you'll see the mother and son's coffin is reversed head to foot. See more »

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Chauvelin: An oath to a scoundrel is meaningless.
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Anthony Andrews as the best Scarlet Pimpernel
1 August 2004 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

I saw the film and then read the book (the first book, anyway), and I must say that Anthony Andrews is even more impressive when you have read Orczy's version. I initially thought that Sir Percy's accent was grating, and his facial expressions ridiculous, but it's really almost as if the character has sprung to life from the pages of the book. Andrews perfects Orczy's description of Sir Percy's 'lazy eyes' and 'drawly, sleepy tone' - he even has the height correct! The film then improves on the book by allowing Percy to step out of his foppish mask with Marguerite, and to reveal his true persona without that truly irritating accent. Jane Seymour has the necessary 'classic beauty', but she manages to smuggle the 1980s into the production with her bronze lipstick! Her character's innocence is also boosted onscreen

  • you feel as though Chauvelin has merely pinned the blame on her, whereas
Orczy's Marguerite blabs about the family's whereabouts out of spite, although she doesn't intend for her words to be intercepted. The chemistry between Andrews and Seymour adds to the romantic tension between Sir Percy and Marguerite, and you can hardly wait until she discovers her husband's true identity (although you have to wonder which element of his personality she actually loves, and whether she would have stayed with him had she never figured it out).


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