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The Scarlet Tunic (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 12 June 1998 (UK)
The spectacular scenery of Wessex and the Dorset coast provides the backdrop for this adaptation of a Thomas Hardy short story. Set in nineteenth century rural England, this is the story of... See full summary »


Stuart St. Paul


Colin Clements, Thomas Hardy (story "The Melancholy Hussar") | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Barr ... Matthaus Singer
Emma Fielding ... Frances Groves
Simon Callow ... Captain Fairfax
Jack Shepherd ... Dr. Edward Grove
John Sessions ... Humphrey Gould
Lynda Bellingham ... Emily Marlowe
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... Christoph Singer
Andrew Tiernan ... Muller
Gareth Hale Gareth Hale ... William Parsons
Lisa Faulkner ... Amy Parsons
Roger May Roger May ... Fridon
Laura Aikman ... Dotty Marlowe
Erich Redman ... Strasser
Jean Heard Jean Heard ... Lizzie, Landlady
Tom McCabe Tom McCabe ... Officer Hubbard


The spectacular scenery of Wessex and the Dorset coast provides the backdrop for this adaptation of a Thomas Hardy short story. Set in nineteenth century rural England, this is the story of forbidden romance between a German hussar serving with King George III's personal cavalry, Matthaus Singer, and the only daughter of a West country solicitor, Frances Groves. The German legion is encamped on the downs as the threat of war with Napoleon looms. Matthaus longs for his homeland and Frances is trapped in an interminable engagement to one of her father's business associates, Humphrey Gould. Illicit meetings between Frances and Matthaus flare into a passionate affair as each searches for escape and happiness. Were they to be discovered, she would be branded a soldier's whore and he a disgrace to his regiment... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | Romance | War


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Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A vörös lepel See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridport, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Scarlet Films See more »
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Did You Know?


Award-winning children's author and comedy writer Adam Perrott was an extra in this movie. See more »


Captain Fairfax: [to Matthaus Singer] It'd be a bitter disappointment to me to have you lose the stripes from your tunic only to gain those stripes on your skin.
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Remake of Wessex Tales: The Melancholy Hussar (1973) See more »

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A tear-jerking British romance
31 May 2001 | by BigmoviefanSee all my reviews

I think this is a great example of why the British are so good at romances. A powerful story, great acting and beautifully shot in the English countryside - if you want to see some of Britain's best scenery then buy this film. But it's much more than that Jean Marc-Barr smoulders as the soldier who falls in love with the betrothed English rose (Emma Fielding) and their forbidden love forms the basis of this enjoyable but melancholy story. A strong cast and a good script make this a thoroughly enjoyable movie, particularly when you consider it was made on a budget that many other movies spend on catering. Forget the snide comments, this is a wholesome family film, which you can watch over and over again - it's got everything. One of the best undiscovered British romances around. Strongly recommended.

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