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The Scarlet Tunic (1998)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthaus Singer
Emma Fielding ...
Captain Fairfax
Lynda Bellingham ...
Emily Marlowe
Thomas Lockyer ...
Christoph Singer
Gareth Hale ...
William Parsons
Amy Parsons
Roger May ...
Dotty Marlowe
Lizzie, Landlady
Tom McCabe ...
Officer Hubbard


The spectacular scenery of Wessex and the Dorset coast provides the backdrop for this adaptation of a Thomas Hardy short story. Set in nineteenth century rural England, this is the story of forbidden romance between a German hussar serving with King George III's personal cavalry, Matthaus Singer, and the only daughter of a West country solicitor, Frances Groves. The German legion is encamped on the downs as the threat of war with Napoleon looms. Matthaus longs for his homeland and Frances is trapped in an interminable engagement to one of her father's business associates, Humphrey Gould. Illicit meetings between Frances and Matthaus flare into a passionate affair as each searches for escape and happiness. Were they to be discovered, she would be branded a soldier's whore and he a disgrace to his regiment... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | Romance | War





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Captain Fairfax: [to Matthaus Singer] It'd be a bitter disappointment to me to have you lose the stripes from your tunic only to gain those stripes on your skin.
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Remake of Wessex Tales: The Melancholy Hussar (1973) See more »

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18 March 2002 | by (Dorset, England) – See all my reviews

Being very familiar with the area in which the film was shot, we empathised immediately with the settings. Having also had military connections the period uniforms interested us and we scrutinised every detail we could!(The position of the double V ranking stripes - which were ripped off, seemed to change position on the sleeve from time to time.) Firstly we enjoyed the movie enormously, even though neither of us had heard of the novel. The big names surprised us for such a modest production. The feeling of the pace of life was perfectly conveyed along with the simplicity of love and death in those times. Timing and opportunities were snatched at and acts of passion were colourfully acted out. The housekeeper and master relationship unfolded so naturally. The relationship which bore a love child girl, resulted in a family reunion at the end of the film - a relationship which the deceased hero and heroine had contrived to create. The film was a tragedy and it was in our opinion extremely well casted, the filming locations were of course perfect and authentic, costume and hair was good and the lighting we noticed brought the audience a little closer to actually being there. (Lighting is not something we comment on usually!) Make up was good as it should not have been visible in this piece, for this period or for these country folk. The death scene was "short lived"! It all happened so fast, which was a pity - more could have been made of this scene. But it was true love I guess. Thought there wasn't enough anger in this scene by the father.

Believe it was a well budgeted film, and looking at the credits used local help too. More please.

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