The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)





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Swordplay, secret messages, and the rustle of ballroom finery make this 1982 adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel a gala bash. Anthony Andrews heads the cast as English nobleman Sir Percy Blakeney, a conceited but amusing fop in the drawing rooms of British high society. But beneath his veneer of lacy impertinence is a man of bravado and derring-do. In disguise, he becomes the Pimpernel -- ta-da! -- and steals into France to rescue aristocrats condemned to the guillotine during the French Revolution. After each rescue, he leaves behind a scarlet pimpernel, a flower whose petals close at the approach of stormy weather. He also uses a signet ring engraved with a scarlet pimpernel to identify himself on the sealing wax of letters to compatriots. It is all jolly-good intrigue. Because he cloaks his schemes in great secrecy, not even his new wife Marguerite (Jane Seymour) realizes he is anything more than an innocuous dandy. Frustrated, the French send the ruthless Chauvelin (Ian McKellen) to England to serve as ambassador and ferret out the elusive Pimpernel. In a plot that ensnares Marguerite and closes the Pimpernel's petals, Chauvelin finally confronts his clever adversary, and it's en garde -- parry and thrust!
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Anthony Andrews
as Sir Percy Blakeney
Jane Seymour
as Marguerite Blakeney
Ian McKellen
as Chauvelin
James Villiers
as Baron de Batz
Eleanor David
as Louise
Dennis Lili
as Count de Tournay
Richard Morant
as Robespierre
Julian Fellowes
as The Prince Regent
Timothy Carlton
as Count de Beaulieu
David Gant
as Fouquet
John Quarmby
as Ponceau
Carol MacReady
as Mme. Duval
Tracey Childs
as Suzanne
Joanna Dickens
as Aunt Lulu
Dominic Jephcott
as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Christopher Villiers
as Lord Anthony Dewhurst
Geoffrey Toone
as Marquis de St. Cyr
Sean Mathias
as Dispatcher
Daphne Anderson
as Lady Grenville
Tony Caunter
as Pochard
Mark Drewry
as Lord Timothy Hastings
Barrie Houghton (II)
as Executioner
Kate Howard
as Countess de Beaulieu
Richard Charles
as The Dauphin
Derek Deadman
as Handler
Martin Wyldeck
as Marquess
Ann Firbank
as Countess de Tournay
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I have never in my life seen a more boring movie. I cannot believe that at any point in time this was accepted as entertainment. I believe this much less today. This movie does not deserve an 85% rating by any standard. It is most likely that the only people who reviewed this movie are the ones obsessed with the book and nobody else that has even the slightest bit of taste even knows it exists. I not only wish I had not watched this movie but am considering shooting myself just because of it.

Brett Wallace
Brett Wallace

A delightful, exciting adventure! :-)

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

When I rented this movie it was under the swashbuckling section, I really had no idea what to expect. What I got was a really entertaining film. This film is a mix between Zorro and The Three Musketeers. The sets and costumes were great. Ian McKellen was so evil. This movie was great entertainment.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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