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The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Directed by Clive Donner
Produced by David Conroy
Mark Shelmerdine
Written by William Bast (teleplay)
Baroness Orczy (novel)
Starring Anthony Andrews
Ian McKellen
Jane Seymour
Music by Nick Bicât
Cinematography Denis Lewiston
Editing by Peter Tanner
Distributed by CBS Television
Release date(s) November 9, 1982
Running time 142 min
Country UK
Language English

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1982 adventure movie set during the French Revolution. The movie is based on the novels The Scarlet Pimpernel and Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, starring Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy Blakeney/The Scarlet Pimpernel, the protagonist, Jane Seymour as Marguerite St. Just, the love interest, and Ian McKellen as Chauvelin, the antagonist.



In 1792 during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower) snatches French aristocrats from the jaws of the guillotine while posing as the wealthy but foppish and seemingly empty-headed Sir Percival Blakeney. Percy marries the beautiful French actress Marguerite St. Just, but her previous relationship with Robespierre's agent Paul Chauvelin may endanger the Pimpernel's plans to save the young Dauphin, eldest son of the former King of France.


  • Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy Blakeney/The Scarlet Pimpernel: An English aristocrat who plays a foppish dandy in public, but is actually a bold adventurer who, along with his band of followers (mainly other Englishmen who are known as the "League of the Scarlet Pimpernel"), carries out daring missions to rescue French aristocrats doomed to die in the guillotine, using a flower, the scarlet pimpernel, as his alias.
  • Jane Seymour as Marguerite Blakeney (née St. Just): A French actress whom Percy Blakeney meets while in France and later marries.
  • Ian McKellen as Paul Chauvelin: A Frenchman, suitor of Marguerite St. Just, and chief agent of the Committee of Public Safety, he will stop at nothing to find out the identity of the Scaret Pimpernel.
  • James Villiers as the Baron de Batz: An Austrian nobleman who is involved in a covert operation to try to rescue the young Dauphin, the heir to the French throne, who is being held prisoner by the French revolutionaries.
  • Malcolm Jamieson as Armand St. Just: Marguerite's brother and later a member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, he works under Chauvelin for the Committee of Public Safety.
  • Eleanor David as Louise: A French actress and understudy of Marguerite St. Just's, she is Armand St. Just's lover.
  • Richard Morant as Robespierre: A leader of the French Revloution, he commands Chauvelin to find the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • Dominic Jephcott as Sir Andrew Ffoulkes: A member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • Christopher Villiers as Lord Antony Dewhurst: A member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • Denis Lill as the Count de Tournay: A French aristocrat and friend of Percy Blakeney.
  • Ann Firbank as the Countess de Tournay: The Count de Tournay's wife.
  • Tracey Childs as Suzanne de Tournay: The Count and Countess de Tournay's daughter and later fiancée of Sir Andrew Ffoulkes.
  • Julian Fellowes as the Prince of Wales: The somewhat foppish heir to the British throne and a friend of Sir Percy Blakeney.
  • Mark Drewry as Lord Timothy Hastings: A member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • John Quarmby as Ponceau: A Frenchman who works for the Committee of Public Safety.
  • David Gant as Fouquet: A Frenchman who works for Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety.
  • Geoffrey Toone as the Marquis de St. Cyr: A French aristocrat who later dies on the guillotine.
  • Joannna Dickens as Aunt Lulu: Louise's aunt.
  • Richard Charles as Louis-Charles, Dauphin of France: The young heir to the French throne being held prisoner by Robespierre.
  • Gordon Gostelow as Duval: The caretaker of the young Dauphin in prison.
  • Carol MacReady as Madame Duval: Duval's wife.
  • Daphne Anderson as Lady Grenville: An English noblewoman.
  • Nick Brimble as Bibot: A French soldier.
  • Tony Caunter as Pochard: A French soldier.
  • Timothy Carlton as the Count de Beaulieu: A French aristocrat the Scarlet Pimpernel rescues from the guillotine.
  • Kate Howard as the Countess de Beaulieu: The Count de Beaulieu's wife.


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