THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL
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Based loosely upon the novels of Baroness Orczy, the Scarlet Pimpernel is the hero of beleaguered eighteenth century French aristocrats. The Scarlet Pimpernel dedicates himself to rescuing aristocrats that, in the Republic of the post-revolution era, are destined to lose their heads in the feeding frenzy engendered by the minions of Robespierre. Just who the Scarlet Pimpernel is, the French have not a clue, other than he is believed to be an Englishman. The viewer, however, is on the secret of his identity from the very beginning.
Anthony Andrews plays the extremely foppish dandy, Sir Percy Blakeney, who is about as blue blooded as one can be and live. He is also the wealthiest man in all of England. Given to amusing his fellow aristocrats with bons mots, he also devises entertaining rhyming couplets about the Scarlet Pimpernel. Speaking in a highly affected voice and sporting the latest in fashionable attire, Sir Percy is a seemingly unlikely action hero. Yet, it is he who rescues those who are destined to lose their heads to the dreaded guillotine. It is he who is the Scarlet Pimpernel.Read more ›
The Scarlet Pimpernel is an English noble who rescues French aristocrats from the murderous reign of terror Robespierre unleashed in France. In "real life" he is a dandified, seemingly idiotic and obsessively fastidious "wimp"; whom everyone regards as wholly incompetent (though incredibly rich); but actually he is a daring, dashing adventurer, incredibly intelligent man who might have been the fictional ancestral concept of Clark Kent and Superman.
Anthony Andrews is utterly magnificent in this film. His performance as Percy (The Scarlet Pimpernel)is flawless, and eclipses even the incredible beauty and acting of Jane Seymour, who is also superb in every manner. Ian McKellan is a great villain. The music is very good; the cinematography beautiful, and the story is non-stop action, romance, and adventure, as we see how this amazing character saves aristocrats and falls in love; as the plot moves towards his attempt to save the heir to the throne of France. He is so enjoyable to watch as the foppish Percy that the film contains humor as well as suspense, intrigue, and danger.
For some reason I've never read this novel; but I will surely do so; and frankly, from a pure enjoyment point of view, this is one of the best 25 or so films I've ever seen. I can't recommend it highly enough; and hope to find it on DVD someday. It's not only a film worth seeing; it's a film worth owning. Sink me; if that's not the truth.
With lots of derring-do, chivalry, humor, excellent fencing and a few pretty good kisses, this it truly a movie for everyone (I repeat, *everyone*, not just girls) to see. So haul yourself away from the computer this instant and go rent it!
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I love this movie. I love the book more, but the movie is great. This particular DVD isn't restored, so there's graininess and colors aren't sharp. But it's still a great film.Published 5 days ago by Heather D
We love this version! This was the first one we saw so we might be biased, but after watching the first movie, there is no comparison. Read morePublished 17 days ago by GA Homeschoolers
My family loves this movie! We've watched it several times, and use some of the one-liners in day-to-day conversations. Sink me!Published 28 days ago by young croney
I love this movie! The first time, the second time, the 180th time! Love it!
It's funny, historical, moving, suspenseful, adventurous, etc! Read more
Great movie! So funny. My daughter saw the play at a local theater and then wanted to watch the movie so we purchased the digital version from Amazon.Published 1 month ago by Kathy Habel
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I'm hoping, from early reviews of the previous DVD that the newer version is from a much better master. The irritating thing is Amazon has lumped reviews of VHS versions and the early DVD AND the latest all together, so unless you are especially observant, you have no idea what film is being... Read More
Jul 15, 2014 by B. Kaufman | See all 2 posts