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Scaramouche (1952)

Stewart Granger , Janet Leigh , George Sidney  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stewart Granger, Janet Leigh, Eleanor Parker, Mel Ferrer, Henry Wilcoxon
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Writers: George Froeschel, Rafael Sabatini, Ronald Millar, Talbot Jennings
  • Producers: Carey Wilson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IBJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scaramouche" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "A Retrospective with Mel Ferrer" featurette
  • "En Garde! Great Screen Swordfights" essay

Editorial Reviews

Scaramouche is the secret identity of a hero fighting for independence in the French Revolution.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: NR
Release Date: 1-JUL-2003
Media Type: DVD

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "On your word as a fraud and a fake?" March 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
What a great movie! Lesser known than many other great swashbucklers, "Scaramouche" is nonetheless a top-notch production in every way.
Stewart Granger stars as the quick-witted Andre Moreau, a charming drifter who after the murder of his best friend dedicates his life to the destruction of the murderer, the cold-blooded Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer). Along the way he fights many duels, romances sweet Janet Leigh AND fiery Eleanor Parker, and has several close shaves.
"Scaramouche" features a solid script, beautiful sets, lush costumes and gorgeous cinematography. The cast is excellent, with Mel Ferrer in particular giving shading and nuance to the role of the villain. The last 20 minutes of the film feature a long, spectacular sword fight that is a must-see for fans of the genre. I highly recommend "Scaramouche" to any film buff and especially to those who love adventure films.
(As a side note, I have also read the novel on which this movie is based, and I found it very entertaining. The movie differs from the book in several key areas, so if you have yet to read the novel, don't worry, the movie won't spoil it for you.)
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars En Garde! They Don't Make 'em Like THIS Anymore! July 25, 2004
WHAT A GLORIOUS MOVIE! I've loved it since I was a kid, and somewhere between 20-30 viewings haven't dimmed its lustre for me, especially in the sparkling DVD presentation - I never fail to have my spirits lifted by the end of this grand adventure. Eleanor Parker and Janet Leigh never looked lovelier than in Charles Rosher's glorious Technicolor photography, and Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer make a fine sparring duo. This is one of Granger's best performances - he makes Andre Moreau eminently likeable, while Ferrer is properly smarmy as his noble nemesis. And boy, do sparks fly between Granger and Parker in their romantic scenes! Parker is wonderful throughout - this is some of her best screen work. Supporting performances by Robert Coote, Henry Wilcoxen and Lewis Stone are also excellent (Stone appeared in Rex Ingram's spectacular 1923 version, playing what was essentially the Ferrer role).

The film's climactic 7-minute sword fight is justly famous and spectacularly staged and photogaphed, but there is much else to enjoy - the Commedia dell'arte sketches are amusingly played, and throughout the film is one of Victor Young's most gorgeously melodious scores, with beautiful themes for the main characters and an incredibly beautiful 'revelation' theme which precedes and ends the famous sword-fight (which itself has no musical underscoring at all). That his magnificent SCARAMOUCHE score didn't even receive an Oscar NOMINATION is a gross oversight!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely intelligent swashbuckler. April 27, 2001
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Admirers of 'Scaramouche' tend to exult in its action sequences, especially the 'longest ever' sword sequence; these are terrific, but it should be noted that they are also mocked within the film - e.g. the 'duel' between Andre and Lenore in the caravan with pots instead of sabres. What is just as interesting is the way the film takes the familiar swashbuckler trajectory - an essentially decent man is forced outside of society and must overcome a number of obstacles and tests before he is restored - and completely subverted. This is achieved by the use of theatre in the play (director Sidney was raised by travelling players, and the tavern scenes have a vividness rare in Hollywood), both as a source of fragmenting identity, and as a metaphor for the way the working class infiltrated, and eventually overcame the aristocracy (as the troupe move from a provincial tavern to a huge Parisian theatre) - we are on the eve of the French Revolution. The film IS 'lavish', but this is to mistake period detail with the much more fertile 'theatrical' artifice, which reflects the film's themes. Immense fun.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crème de la crème of swashbucklers July 9, 2000
By Edward
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This lavish and witty adventure was based (very loosely) on the once-popular novel by Rafael Sabatini. It had been filmed before as a silent, much more faithful to the original. This Technicolor "talkie" takes liberties -- and has a lot more fun, despite its themes of revenge and hopeless love. There's even a Napoleonic sight gag in the final shot. The cast is ideal: Stewart Granger is rugged yet suave as the cynical hero and Mel Ferrer is appropriately icy as his aristocratic nemesis. (Ferrer is dressed in whites and silvers, Granger in warm colors.) Granger is loved by both Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker, the former a sweet Bourbon, the latter a sexy coquette. To complicate matters, Miss Leigh is adored by both Granger and Ferrer. (One contemporary critic sighed: "It's quite a plot!") The third female is Nina Foch, the most elegant Marie Antoinette you'll ever see. Unfortunately, her role was partially cut in the final editing. The picture moves on several levels. At !the beginning, Granger's character André Moreau ("Born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad", to quote Sabatini's famous first sentence) is a careless man who knows nothing about politics and cannot use a sword. In seeking vengeance for his friend's death, however, he joins the forces of liberté, égalité, fraternité; and, studying with masters, he becomes the most dangerous swordsman in France. Hiding from the authorities, he takes up with a seedy group of traveling players and, under his influence, it becomes a brilliant commedia dell'arte success (hence the title).The climatic duel takes place in a glittering Parisian theatre, the antagonists moving from the boxes, down a broad staircase, through the crowded auditorium, and onto the stage itself. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 hours ago by Colin Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Swashbuckler!
Almost like a French version of Zorro, except that Scaramouche wears a mask when he's portraying the stage clown and uses his true identity to defend justice. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Andrew Murdaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure book lavishly filmed
A forgotten classic. A great adventure book lavishly filmed. It does not exactly follow the book but I did not mind. The story was still good, the acting well done. Read more
Published 11 days ago by CarlBudaTx
5.0 out of 5 stars Janette Lee over Eleanor Parker, what was he thinking?
The definitive Swashbuckler worth the price for the swordplay alone. The casting is superb, aside from the mediocre blue screen scenes which are annoying a thuroughly entertaining... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Blackadder
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic Grainger, a must keep.
Published 28 days ago by Malcolm Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie. Loved it
Published 28 days ago by Christopher B. Watters
5.0 out of 5 stars Scaramouche
Very exciting film!
Published 29 days ago by Carol Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended!
it's a full-range movie… it has drama, action, humor, romance, friendship, family values, loyalty, and the best sword fight ever filmed… and great acting!
Published 1 month ago by carlos ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find films
Exactly what I was searching for at a good price.
Published 1 month ago by James Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great move sad ending brother verse brother.
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