The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

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

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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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Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
UPC: 0054961893195
Original Release: 1982
Source: Acorn
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:16:00
Sales rank: 13,640

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

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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