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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scarlet Pimpernel See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The dramatic scene performed on stage by Marguerite, and later by Louise, is from "Phaedra" by Jean Racine (1677). See more »

Goofs

During the chase after he rescues the dauphin, Percy reacts as if he's shot, but his clothing shows no sign of damage from the bullet. Also, flintlock pistols had a very short effective range. If a soldier had really hit him, Percy couldn't have been so far ahead that the soldiers didn't see where he went after the wagon tipped over. 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 Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) See more »

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One of the best of its kind!
9 September 2001 | by pushbuttonkittySee all my reviews

While this TV movie is not quite like the book, it has the advantage of being one of the best period pieces ever done. The casting was brilliant, the costumes superb, and the plot riveting. Seymour and Andrews were wonderful together. I enjoy the film increasingly with each viewing. The actors truly bring the characters to life, and Andrews is exactly how I had always pictured the Scarlet Pimpernel to look. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys Orczy's characters or likes period pieces in general.


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