The Scarlet Pimpernel
to buy The Scarlet Pimpernel
me! If this isn't one of the best versions of The Scarlet Pimpernel
ever put out then I am rotten aristocrat and deserve to be guillotined
- face upwards!
in 1982 it was one of the most expensive and lavish TV movies made
in Britain and has a wonderfully vibrant cast in Anthony Andrews,
Jane Seymour (be still my beating heart) and Ian McKellen.
you don't know the tale of The Scarlet Pimpernel then you
should be horsewhipped! Failing that - here's a little precis.
interfering English aristocrat (Anthony Andrews) is playing fast
and loose with the French Revolution's insatiable desire to chop
heads off its ruling class.
cunning swine is rescuing so many would-be victims the nasty Max
Robespierre sends out Chauvelin (McKellen), his most loyal secret
policeman, to trap and kill the Pimpernel.
get interesting when both men are in love with the same gel, Margueritte
St Just, a gorgeous actress in the shape of Ms Seymour and all of
society are gobsmacked when she falls for the super dandy Sir Percy
Blakeney, little knowing that he is the Pimpernel.
the horrid Chauvelin has revenge on his mind and while he has no
idea of Blakeney's secret identity, he wants to poison him against
his love by framing her for the execution of an entire family.
plan works and though just-married, Sir Percy is distraught his
bride could have been so heartless and shuns her.
Chauvelin travels to England to catch the Pimpernel in his own lair
and things just keep getting more exciting from there.
is without peer as the dandy Sir Percy, although he lacks the dark
side that Richard Grant has brought to the character in his TV series.
is stunning as Margueritte and it would be worth crossing swords
with any chap for her attentions.
is vindictively jealous and cunning and is quite the opponent for
made-for-TV movie has fade-outs (for stations to put ads in) but
the video quality is tolerable. The action, story, costumes and
production values make up for these slight annoyances.
seek him here,
They seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?
Or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel!