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3.5
74 Ratings

Scaramouche

Directed by George Sidney
United States, 1952
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

An 18th Century French aristocrat seeks revenge against the ace swashbuckler who killed his friend. To prepare for the impending duel, the nobleman takes fencing lessons from an acting group, and even takes on the role of “Scaramouche”.

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Scaramouche Directed by George Sidney

Awards & Festivals

Directors Guild of America

1953 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Kudos to those two lugs [Granger and Ferrer] also for committing to the really terrific duels, which Sidney shoots like musical numbers, sweeping crane shots broken up with a few static compositions that pop in contrast. The business looks physically exhausting and a little risky. The final sword fight is supposed to be the longest ever, but doesn’t feel protracted, just satisfyingly thorough. PRINCESS BRIDE fans may notice a bit of business.
November 18, 2016
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Even in 1952, Scaramouche was something of a throwback. It is an adaptation of Rafael Sabatini’s 1921 novel, which had been adapted into a 1923 feature by Rex Ingram. Sabatini also provided the source material for Captain Blood (1924 and 1935), and it is the elegant ease of Errol Flynn’s ’35 swashbuckling that the film is trying to channel. It is resoundingly successful at doing so.
June 30, 2015
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