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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: VHS Tape
Edition: VHS video
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: A&E Home Video
Manufacturer: A&E Home Video
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: 2000-05
Publisher: A&E Home Video
Release Date: 1999-11-30
Running Time: 100
Studio: A&E Home Video
The Marquis de Rochambeau and his daughter, the beautiful Young Helene, have been forced to flee the ruthless Gabrielle Damiens–Madame Guillotine. The Marquis begs Blackeney and his wife, the Lady Marguertie for help in rescuing young Helene. It should be an easy job for the talented Scarlet Pimpernel, but his old nemesis Chauvelin has been enlisted by the government to find the girl as well!
The Scarlet Pimpernel is "the noblest, bravest man alive," if he does say so himself. And he does. But in this second made-for-cable Pimpernel adventure, it will take all of his cunning, wit, and charm to keep his head while all others around him are losing theirs to the dreaded Mademoiselle Guillotine.
Improbably recast as a swashbuckling hero, esteemed character actor Richard E. Grant (of the cult classic Withnail & I) once again rises to the occasion as foppish British aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney, who leads a secret life as "the damned, elusive" Scarlet Pimpernel. As civil war rages, he is compelled to rescue the Marquis de Rochambeau's daughter Helene before she is found by Gabrielle Damiens (played with diabolical relish by Denise Black), better known as Mademoiselle Guillotine. The Mademoiselle is a formidable villain. "Search this brothel," she orders at a convent. To one trembling victim who won't tell her what she wants to know, she threatens, "In a little while, you'll want to tell me," emphatically adding, "Want to!" Meanwhile, the Pimpernel's adversary, Chauvelin ("It's a long and tedious story," Sir Percy remarks for those who missed Book 1), is in disgrace, but is recruited by Robespierre to also locate Helene.
Some who were otherwise Pimpernel fans found Elizabeth McGovern as Blackeney's wife, Lady Marguerite, to be about as welcome as Jar Jar Binks in Phantom Menace. But in this installment, she knows of her husband's secret identity and accompanies him. She and her "naughty tongue" are good company. Unlike Richard Lester's rollicking Three Musketeers films, there is not the slightest hint of tongue-in-cheek in this handsome production. The Pimpernel will ride again in Book 3. --Donald Liebenson