July 25th, 2010

Asta 2

Character of the Month: Lord Tony Dewhurst

Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Original Airdate: January 24, 1999
Availability: I purchased my copy cheap on Deepdiscountdvd.com, but it seems to be unavailable at the moment, which leaves Amazon.com.

Synopsis: Wikipedia has an excellent summary of the first novel by author Barroness Emmuska Orczy. But, here's what you need to know: during the French revolution, an English aristocrat - and renowned fop - Sir Percy Blakeney, AKA "The Scarlet Pimpernel", along with several fellow aristocrats known as “The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel”, cross into France to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. Despite being the talk of London, only the members of the league know of Percy's double life. Even his wife, Marguerite, is kept in the dark until it's almost too late. Jamie plays Lord Tony Dewhurst, supposedly one of Percy's most valued men, not that you would know this from the production.

Worth Watching? Yes, if you have a desire to see everything Jamie has appeared in. Otherwise, if you want a faithful adaptation of the novel, get yourself a copy of the 1982 mini series starring Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour.

Does he live or die? Die. And it's the most brutal, in my opinion, of all his on screen deaths. The good news is you can quit watching at the sixty minute mark.

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The End. Thankfully. And sorry for the lateness of the post, but I still have thirty more minutes of Sunday. ;)