The Scarlet Pimpernel: Season 1, Episode 3

A King's Ransom (7 Nov. 1999)
"The King's Ransom/The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King" (original title)

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In 1794, Percy learns that the Dauphin has been kidnapped from an orphanage by a masked swordsman. Later, Robespierre receives a ransom note and directs Chauvelin to find and secure the boy.

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Stuart Fox ...
Monsieur Jouvin
Sarah Berger ...
Madame Jouvin
Dalibor Sipek ...
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La Touraine
Jonathan Coy ...
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Lady Suzanne Ffoulkes
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In 1794, Percy learns that the Dauphin has been kidnapped from an orphanage by a masked swordsman. Later, Robespierre receives a ransom note and directs Chauvelin to find and secure the boy.

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The cross-dressing female character played by Suzanne Bertish is based on a real-life, much-decorated dragoon from the French Revolution who was known to dress frequently in ladies' clothing. See more »

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Robespierre: Citizen Robespierre, ain't it? Sir Percival Blakeney!
Robespierre: I know very well who you are.
Percy Blakeney: So the Republic is selling off the family furniture to pay for more cannon balls, eh? Well done, sir! Wars are such expensive affairs. Who the devil can afford it now a days?
Robespierre: France has to afford it, if she is to survive. Good day.
Percy Blakeney: [bows] Ah!
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Rule, Britannia!
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Lucky in Intrigue, Unlucky in Love
6 March 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Though I'm still shaking my head in disbelief, I must report that Elizabeth McGovern, of all people, almost sinks this film. The dramatic action is a good or better than any other version of the Pimpernel I've seen, but McGovern gives a tepid performance, with an accent which is neither British nor French, and she has no chemistry with Richard E. Grant who is superb as Sir Percy. Indeed, apart from McGovern, the rest of the cast performs with enthusiasm and artistry. Quel chagrin! Spoiler warning: Since Marguerite dies in childhood, the rest of the series is not belabored by a damp squib of a romance. Yes, series. There are (at least) three other films with this cast and producers: "Ennui," "Enemies and Friends," and "A Good Name." If you were satisfied with this film, you will love the sequels.


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