Scarlet Pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel

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Director: Clive Donner

Cast: Clive Donner, Jane Seymour, Anthony Andrews, Ian McKellen

     
 

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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,See more details below

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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!

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this rousing romp of a film, Anthony Andrews plays the dual role of Sir Percy Blakeney and the Scarlet Pimpernel with gusto and panache. As Percy he is a conceited coxcomb who wears lacy cravats and recites poetry. As the Pimpernel, he is a daring hero who rescues French nobles in the age of the guillotine. For fans of swashbuckling intrigue, his schizoid shenanigans make for rambunctious fun and frolic. He is, in short, a pip of a Pimpernel. Portraying his adversary, the dastardly Chauvelin, is Ian McKellen. Unaware of the identity of the Pimpernel, he travels to England in the capacity of ambassador to skulk and lurk -- and McKellen is a master in this regard -- in an attempt to unmask his clever foe. His plot involves Percy's wife, the beautiful Marguerite, portrayed with elegance and charm by Jane Seymour. Secret meetings and a climactic sword fight ensue, but not before director Clive Donner gives the viewers a taste of the haut monde: colorful costumes, period music, and ballroom repartee with a zing, thanks to scriptwriter William Bast. Authentic English settings include Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle, Milton Manor, and Ragley Hall.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
UPC:
0054961893195
Original Release:
1982
Source:
Acorn Media
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:16:00
Sales rank:
4,713

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Seymour Marguerite
Anthony Andrews Scarlet Pimpernel/Sir Percy Blakeney
Ian McKellen Chauvelin
James Villiers Baron de Baats
Eleanor David Louise
Malcolm Jamieson Armand
Dennis Lili Count de Tournay
Richard Morant Robespierre
Julian Fellowes The Prince Regent
Timothy Carlton Count de Beaulieu
David Gant Fouquet
John Quarmby Ponceau
Gordon Gostelow Duval
Carol Macready Mme. Duval
Tracey Childs Suzanne
Joanna Dickens Aunt Lulu
Dominic Jephcott Sir Andrew Ffoulkes
Christopher Villiers Lord Anthony Dewhurst
Geoffrey Toone Marquis de St. Cyr
Sean Mathias Dispatcher
Daphne Anderson Lady Grenville
Tony Caunter Pochard
Nick Brimble Bibot
Mark Drewry Lord Timothy Hastings
Barrie Houghton Executioner
Kate Howard Countess de Beaulieu
Richard Charles The Dauphin
Preston Lockwood Duke
Derek Deadman Handler
Martin Wyldeck Marquess
Ann Firbank Countess de Tournay

Technical Credits
Clive Donner Director
William Bast Screenwriter
Nick Bicât Score Composer
Robert Cobert Score Composer
David Conroy Producer
Tony Curtis Production Designer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis C. Lewiston Cinematographer
Rose Tobias Shaw Casting
Mark Shelmerdine Executive Producer
Peter Tanner Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
1. Paris, 1792
2. Armand and Marguerite
3. Enemy of the Republic
4. Return to England
5. The De Tournay Family
6. The Wedding
7. His Highness's Garden Party
8. Blackmail
9. Grenville's Ball
10. The Library at Midnight
11. Rescue Plans
12. Noblesse Oblige
13. Mont St. Pierre

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