The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

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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 ...
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Eleanor David ...
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Richard Morant ...
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John Quarmby ...
Gordon Gostelow ...
Carol MacReady ...
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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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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 »


When Sir Percy's courier is shot, he can be heard screaming. But when his face is shown, his mouth is closed as the scream continues. See more »


Countess de Tournay: God bless the Scarlet Pimpernel, whoever he may be. Surely he must be an angel in disguise.
Sir Percy: Amen.
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Cinematic narrative at its finest
17 August 2002 | by (Reykjavík, Iceland) – See all my reviews

Heaping more praise to this film would be like pouring water into the ocean, but there are a couple of things that I would like to mention. I have seldom seen a better written film. The narrative is close to perfection. Nothing happens which does not directly serve the plot or has a significance to future developments, and it always does so in a very engaging way. The viewer is constantly on the edge. This is a film where one can't really take a break to go to the loo or whatever, and moreover; one wouldn't even think about it. Another thing I'd like to mention is that it is extremely true to the period it is portraying and does so without the cost of alienating the viewer, which is rare in period pieces like that. There are no anachronisms and it is filled to the brim with subtle historical detail. The only exception to this that I can think of are the fashions, which are slightly tinged with the early 1980's, but only very slightly so. Even the mannerisms are there down to the last detail and even better than in the original book.

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