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      The Scarlet Pimpernel

      1935 1h 35m Adventure List
      90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 75% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings At the heart of the French Revolution, effete aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney (Leslie Howard) is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, leading an underground group dedicated to freeing nobles from the brutal Robespierre. Blakeney plays his part so well that even his own wife, Marguerite (Merle Oberon), doesn't suspect him. Robespierre's agent, Chauvelin (Raymond Massey), learns that Marguerite's brother is one of the Pimpernel's group, and she begins working unknowingly to destroy her own husband. Read More Read Less

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      Forsyth Hardy Cinema Quarterly Were it not for the polished acting, particularly of Leslie Howard, fallow patches, occasionally apparent, would be more plainly revealed; but Howard is studied, resourceful and charming, his timing perfect as always. Feb 4, 2021 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine British-made, with Leslie Howard in one of his very best performances as the nobleman who risks his neck... Apr 17, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine British pictures continue to put their best foot forward. Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Charles Davy The Spectator The acting, too, is an effective blend of easy polish and truculent vigour; and Leslie Howard gives a quite excellent rendering of the Pimpernel, particularly in his scenes with Lady Blakeney. Oct 4, 2018 Full Review MFB Critics Monthly Film Bulletin Those who want a story of romance and adventure will not be disappointed. The Scarlet Pimpernel lives, the life in England and France are convincingly represented, and the suspense is maintained through-out. Feb 22, 2017 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Robust as an action packed hero tale and love story. Rated: B Feb 4, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Nadine H Maybe the best swashbuckler ever made. Leslie Howard is about as perfect as an actor can be. Rollickingly enjoyable from start to finish. A masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Audience Member One of my favorite films filled with adventure, romance, history, and heart. Excellent performances, especially by Leslie Howard, and the sets couldn't be better. Some say the Scarlet Pimpernel is the character that Zorro and Batman were later based on. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member A classic film, shot in England with an all-English cast. Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon carry this one well. Both actors became Hollywood stars. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a charming cheeky film about the infamous Scarlet Pimpernel who is an Englishman who was smuggling aristocrats who where up the guillotine. This film is glued together by a great script & a delicious performance by Leslie Howard who does a great job wit the wit of the great script. This film has a bit of everything: romance, gun & treason. It's a fun light film that's a key classic before the many remakes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review kevin w An Englishman, some lord or something, shoots over to France in secret and frees French nobility on their way to Madame Guillotine. I was confused as to the politics (weren't these the "let them eat cake" crowd, the ones who dressed and ate good while the common populace starved? Why are we saving them? Off with their heads! ... but I digress) but it's an adventure tale so history's not too important compared with thrills. The thrill here is not in any swashbuckling derring-do, though that might've been nice, but rather watching the Pimpernel's Clark Kent persona infuriate the elitist yokels with wit and subterfuge. To that cause Leslie Howard ("Ashley" of GWTW fame) is well suited, and it becomes the reason for the whole movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Leslie Howard done such a GREAT job bringing his character to life well done Sir :) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis At the heart of the French Revolution, effete aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney (Leslie Howard) is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, leading an underground group dedicated to freeing nobles from the brutal Robespierre. Blakeney plays his part so well that even his own wife, Marguerite (Merle Oberon), doesn't suspect him. Robespierre's agent, Chauvelin (Raymond Massey), learns that Marguerite's brother is one of the Pimpernel's group, and she begins working unknowingly to destroy her own husband.
      Director
      Harold Young
      Producer
      Alexander Korda
      Screenwriter
      Baroness Emmuska Orczy
      Production Co
      London Film Productions
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 25, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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