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The Scarlet Pimpernel (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 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 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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Action | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A skarlát virág See more »

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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

Marguerite: I see now what begins as a dream can end as a nightmare. Some causes can become warped and twisted, like some men.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) See more »

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Cinematic narrative at its finest
17 August 2002 | by imdb-869See all my reviews

Heaping more praise to this film would be like pouring water into the ocean, but there are a couple of things that I would like to mention. I have seldom seen a better written film. The narrative is close to perfection. Nothing happens which does not directly serve the plot or has a significance to future developments, and it always does so in a very engaging way. The viewer is constantly on the edge. This is a film where one can't really take a break to go to the loo or whatever, and moreover; one wouldn't even think about it. Another thing I'd like to mention is that it is extremely true to the period it is portraying and does so without the cost of alienating the viewer, which is rare in period pieces like that. There are no anachronisms and it is filled to the brim with subtle historical detail. The only exception to this that I can think of are the fashions, which are slightly tinged with the early 1980's, but only very slightly so. Even the mannerisms are there down to the last detail and even better than in the original book.


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