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The Scarlet Tunic (1998)

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 »


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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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Scarlet Films See more »
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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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Great actors, excellent material, poor direction, editing
13 March 2001 | by CARNEYVASee all my reviews

Even actors as talented as Emma Fielding and Simon Callow could not save this one. These actors will put this one behind them and go on to greater accomplishments. I am impressed that they chose art over commercialism in this effort, and most especially with their faith in the material. But it was clear that the direction and editing left a great deal to be desired. My sense is that the best part of this effort was probably left on the cutting-room floor. One disappointing film does not break a career.

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