The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1982 TV movie based on the Scarlet Pimpernel novels by Baroness Orczy, particularly the first, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the fourth, Eldorado. It stars Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy, Jane Seymour as Marguerite, and Ian McKellen as Chauvelin.
This movie provides examples of:
Adaptation Expansion: This version spends a lot of time on Percy and Marguerite meeting and fall in love, including Percy rescuing Armand from some thugs sent to beat him up.
Adaptational Heroism: In this version Marguerite was entirely innocent of the deaths of the Marquis and his family, framed for the crime by Chauvelin, and describes the idea that she would help send him to the guillotine as "deplorable". In the original story, she did indeed denounce the Marquis (with an understandable motive), but she didn't realize it would lead to the deaths of him and his family.
Adaptational Villainy: As above; Chauvelin writing Marguarite's name on the arrest warrant, something he did not do in the original.
Burn Baby Burn: One of the Pimpernel's associates tries to burn his instructions to prevent Marguerite reading them, and Baron de Batz twice attempts to dispose of compromising documents in fireplaces, with varying degrees of success.
Catapult Nightmare: Armand, following a nightmare that he and Marguerite will become victims of the Revolution.
The Dandy: Sir Percy flambuoyantly plays up his preoccupation with clothes and fashion.
Dating Catwoman: Subverted In-Universe. Sir Percy, leader of the aristocrats' proverbial Secret Service, marries a French republican. He distances himself from his wife when he is given a false rumour about her contributing to the execution of the Marquis de St. Cyr. (In the original story, she did indeed contribute, but unwittingly.)
Produce Pelting: The crowd around the guillotine throw vegetables at the aristos.
Promoted to Love Interest/Green-Eyed Monster: In this version, Chauvelin was courting Marguerite before she met Sir Percy. There are subsequently occasions when his actions, although they can be justified as service to the Revolution, seem more strongly motivated by a desire to make Marguerite suffer for choosing that idiot Blakeney over him.
Pseudo Crisis: It seems many times that the Pimpernel or the people he's rescuing are on the verge of capture, but many of these "crises" were actually built into his rescue plans.
Signature Item Clue: Marguerite, after initially complying with Chauvelin's demands, interferes by warning the Scarlet Pimpernel of danger in the library. Chauvelin discovers this when he finds her earring there.
Sleeping Dummy: Used in one of the Pimpernel's aristocrat rescues to delay discovery of the escape.
Spiteful Spit: A prisoner, about to be guillotined, spits in the face of Chauvelin's assistant (Chauvelin himself being elsewhere at the time).
When the Clock Strikes Twelve: A dramatic sequence revolves around Chauvelin knowing that the Pimpernel will be in a particular place at midnight. In the book, it's a less troperiffic one o'clock.
You Just Told Me: When the Baron de Batz warns Armand that Chauvelin knows he works with the Scarlet Pimpernel, Armand pretends not to know what he is talking about at first. The Baron then tricks Armand into giving himself away, and the latter abandons the charade.
Armand: If I knew the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and I do not, he would laugh in my face! He must know you want the boy for yourself.
Baron de Batz: I?
Armand: So that you can collect the gold that awaits you in Vienna, when you deliver the heir to the French throne to your Austrian friends, hmm?
Baron de Batz: And did the Scarlet Pimpernel tell you that?
Armand: Of course not! He’s not even in Pari... (beat) Thank you for your word of warning, Baron. And now, if you will excuse me, I don’t like to keep Mlle Longé waiting. (exit)