The Scarlet Pimpernel

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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!

Cast

Anthony Andrews
as Sir Percy Blakeney
Jane Seymour
as Marguerite Blakeney
Ian McKellen
as Chauvelin
James Villiers
as Baron de Batz
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
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
Kate Howard
as Countess de Beaulieu
Richard Charles
as The Dauphin
Ann Firbank
as Countess de Tournay
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  • Jul 14, 2010
    A delightful, exciting adventure! :-)
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2008
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2007
    Good idea. The costumes and settings are amazing, so is the revolutionary action. Yet, when it comes to the script, it starts well enough, but falls at the end to the classical Hollywood ending.
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2007
    This was very detailed period caper about that pimpernel character.
    Alexander C Super Reviewer

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