The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999)

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During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Series cast summary:
 Sir Percy Blakeney / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Robespierre (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Planchet (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Prince of Wales / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Arturo Mazarini / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Milton Johns ...
 Fisher (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Sir William Wetherby (3 episodes, 2000)
 Lady Marguerite Blakeney (3 episodes, 1999)
 Sir Andrew Ffoulkes (3 episodes, 1999)
 Chauvelin (3 episodes, 1999)
Beth Goddard ...
 Lady Suzanne Ffoulkes / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
 Fumier (3 episodes, 1999)


During the turmoil of the French Revolution, English aristocrat Percy Blakeney, often aided by his League of friends, secretly undertakes various daring missions as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

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24 January 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A vörös Pimpernel  »

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£5,000,000 (estimated)

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The Scarlet Pimpernel was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, for its resemblance to 18th century Paris (and absence of satellite dishes). See more »


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Prince of Wales: Is he in heaven?
Percy Blakeney: Or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!
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Richard E. Grant is an inspired choice!
3 September 2003 | by (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I'll confess, I've never read the books. I have however seen several productions of the play onstage and I prefer this beautiful miniseries by far. All of the productions I've seen before cast elderly men with cute lines but no charisma. The choice of Richard E. Grant for the Scarlet Pimpernel surprised me, but he did a wonderful job with it. I was very surprised by his performance, as I'd only ever known him as a supporting/character actor (like Twelfth Night and Gosford Park).

As a life-long Elizabeth McGovern fan, I can't help but love her. She's a fantastic actress, but whoever did her hair should be guillotined. For a really beautiful woman, they hid it well under ten pounds of brown wig. It sadly resulted in her looking much older than she actually is, but fortunately this isn't the case for the entire movie (at least at the end she gets a haircut!) But her striking features still shine through and her beautiful performance far outweighs that hairstyle. She also manages her accent very well (she's originally from Illinois) But, well, I watched the whole miniseries just for her, so I can't help but think she's the real star.

Ronan Vibert is another actor I've liked for a long time, and he did a fantastic job as Robespierre. Martin Shaw's Chauvelin got on my nerves a bit, but he's fine. The big surprise was sweet little Emilia Fox in the role of Minette. I'd never seen her play a villain before, and was pretty impressed by it. All in all, I really enjoyed this miniseries, and highly recommend it.

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