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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matthaus Singer
... Frances Groves
... Captain Fairfax
... Dr. Edward Grove
... Humphrey Gould
... Emily Marlowe
Thomas Lockyer ... Christoph Singer
... Muller
Gareth Hale ... William Parsons
... Amy Parsons
Roger May ... Fridon
... Dotty Marlowe
... Strasser
Jean Heard ... Lizzie, Landlady
Tom McCabe ... Officer Hubbard
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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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Award-winning children's author and comedy writer Adam Perrott was an extra in this movie. See more »

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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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Beautiful, touching romance
7 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I just recently viewed this movie and found it to be a pleasant experience. The scenery was wonderfully photographed, and I got caught up in the title character's tragic romance.

It was based on a Thomas Hardy novel and I felt that it truly captured the spirit of the book.


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