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The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | TV Movie 9 November 1982
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 »

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

William Bast (teleplay), Baroness Emmuska Orczy (novels) (as Baroness Orczy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Andrews ... Sir Percy Blakeney / The Scarlet Pimpernel
Jane Seymour ... Marguerite St. Just
Ian McKellen ... Chauvelin
James Villiers ... Baron de Batz
Eleanor David ... Louise
Malcolm Jamieson ... Armand St. Just
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Count de Tournay
Ann Firbank ... Countess de Tournay
Richard Morant ... Robespierre
Julian Fellowes ... The Prince Regent
Timothy Carlton ... Count de Beaulieu
David Gant ... Fouquet
John Quarmby ... Ponceau
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Duval
Carol MacReady ... Mme. Duval
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Julian Fellowes (The Prince Regent) is the Creator of Downton Abbey (2010). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Percy: Ceased? I will love her to the day I die. That is the tragedy.
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Connections

Version of The Fighting Pimpernel (1950) See more »

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Anthony Andrews as the best Scarlet Pimpernel
1 August 2004 | by FlippitygibbitSee 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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