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The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | TV Movie 9 November 1982
Paris, 1792: After France becomes a republic, aristocrats are guillotined. The English Sir Percy tries to save as many as he can as The Scarlet Pimpernel in disguises.

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 ... 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:

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Trivia

John Quarmby worked two weeks. 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

Chauvelin: We shall execute our king instead, sir, and exalt our tailors.
Sir Percy: More's the pity. Then your tailors will rule the land, and no one will make the clothes. So much for French fashion, and French politics.
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Connections

Version of The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are My Home
Performed by Peabo Bryson and Linda Eder
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Good, concise adaptation + excellent character development
29 December 2003 | by vgs1895See all my reviews

This is a delightful version of Scarlet Pimpernel. Despite being made in the early 1980's, it doesn't show its age the way many older films do. Anthony Andrews makes it perfect with his incredible character development (lacking in other versions). Jane Seymour is pretty to look at, but the show belongs to Andrews. Fun to watch, and may encourage people to look at French history.


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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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