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29 March 1974 (USA) See more »
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. . . One for All and All for Fun!
Plot:
A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Best Dumas Adaptation is Spectacular Romp... See more (79 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Richard Lester 
 
Writing credits
George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay) (as George Macdonald Fraser)

Alexandre Dumas père (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas)

Produced by
Alexander Salkind .... producer
Ilya Salkind .... executive producer
Ilya Salkind .... producer
Michael Salkind .... producer
Wolfdieter von Stein .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
David Watkin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith  (as John Victor Smith)
 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie Dilley  (as Les Dilley)
Fernando González 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
 
Makeup Department
Cristóbal Criado .... makeup artist: Charlton Heston (as Cristobal Criado)
Susan Germaine .... hairdresser: Miss Faye Dunaway
Kaye Pownall .... hairdresser: Miss Raquel Welch
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist: Miss Raquel Welch
Carmen Sánchez .... hairdresser (as Carmen Sanchez)
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist (as Jose Antonio Sanchez)
José Antonio Sánchez .... wigs (as Jose Antonio Sanchez)
Ziggy Geike .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Francisco Bellot .... general production manager
Enrique Esteban .... production supervisor
Pierre Spengler .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patricio Beltran Aparicio .... assistant director
Clive Reed .... first assistant director
Francisco Rodríguez .... assistant director (as Francisco Rodriguez)
Dusty Symonds .... assistant director
Alain Walker .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Eddie Fowlie .... property
John Lanzer .... property buyer
Rafael Ablanque .... assistant art director (uncredited)
José María Alarcón .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator
Don Challis .... sound editor
Roy Charman .... sound mixer (as Roy J. Charman)
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (as Jerry Humphreys)
Simon Kaye .... sound mixer
George Rice .... boom operator (as George B. Rice)
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Eddie Fowlie .... special effects
Pablo Pérez .... special effects supervisor (as Pablo Perez)
 
Stunts
Joaquín Parra .... stunt arranger (as Joaquin Parra)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Anscombe .... camera assistant (as Ronnie Anscombe)
Antonio Colmenar .... head grip
Enrique de la Jara .... best boy (as Enrique De La Jara)
Alejandro Diges .... still photographer
Frank Elliott .... camera assistant
Peter Ewens .... camera operator
Francisco Gallardo .... gaffer
Federico G. Grau .... still photographer (as Federico Grau)
Luis Peña .... camera assistant (as Luis Pena)
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer
Paul Wilson .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Manuela Iglesias .... wardrobe assistant: Miss Raquel Welch
Ron Talsky .... costume designer: Miss Raquel Welch
Jean Zay .... costume supervisor
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Boyle .... assistant editor
Peter Holt .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Peter Watson .... music editor
Michel Legrand .... conductor (uncredited)
David Munrow .... advisor: period music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Christina Bracht .... production secretary
Antonio Del Toro .... production assistant
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Norman Enfield .... publicity assistant
Louis Diaz Gonzalez .... production assistant
Norma Gorcey .... production secretary
William Hobbs .... fight director
Jennie McClean .... production secretary
Juan Jose Molina .... production assistant
Maria Monreal .... producer's secretary
Jean-Philippe Mérand .... production coordinator (as Jean Philippe Merand)
John Ornstein .... production assistant
Armand Rubin .... world wide representation: Europex -Paris
Alexander Salkind .... presenter
Ann Skinner .... continuity
Mike Hoare .... sailing coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Alan Bates turned down the role of Athos.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the first duel with the Cardinal's guards that takes place in the Nunnery - Frank Finlay goes behind a piece of laundry to hide from and surprise his opponent. From off-screen we hear a crew member yell "FRANK!" Then Finlay comes out from behind the laundry to hit his mark and finish the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Rochefort:If you were a gentleman, I would speak to you. I was speaking *at* you, sir.See more »
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Why does the Duke of Buckingham claim to be the master of a great state? He's clearly not the King of England.
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45 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Best Dumas Adaptation is Spectacular Romp..., 30 January 2004
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

THE THREE MUSKETEERS, Richard Lester's comic take of the oft-filmed Dumas adventure story, is not only terrific escapist fare with a brilliant cast, but stands as the most faithful adaptation of the Musketeer saga.

The very length of the novel, with it's many plot twists, had resulted in various truncated adaptations over the years, with MGM's 1948 all-star production the only previous attempt to film more than the first half of the book. Lester, however, backed by producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind, and Wolfdieter von Stein, and working from a unrepentantly bawdy script by legendary scribe George MacDonald Fraser, tackled the novel head-on, with extraordinary results.

The novel's hero, young master swordsman D'Artagnan (portrayed by Michael York at his most boyish), is clearly the product of an impoverished Gascon household, unable to read or write, but filled with dreams of heroism in the elite Musketeers, and "fighting frequent duels". Quickly embarrassed by the smoothly villainous Rochefort (Christopher Lee), and ridiculed by the mysterious Milady de Winter, the lad reaches Paris with a broken sword, but his idealism undimmed. With a borrowed sword, he then blunders into a series of challenges from the three title characters, emotionally scarred alcoholic Athos (Oliver Reed), comic buffoon Porthos (Frank Finlay), and dandified ladies' man/priest wannabe Aramis (Richard Chamberlain). When the Cardinal's Guard attempts to arrest the four as Athos and D'Artagnan begin their duel, the Gascon displays such extraordinary skill with a sword that he is happily welcomed into the band of rogues, who help him procure a servant (the wonderfully comic Roy Kinnear) and lodgings at the home of an old reprobate (Spike Milligan) and his beautiful, if klutzy young wife (Raquel Welch, in her finest comic role), who the boy immediately lusts after. The four friends then embark on a series of hilarious, swashbuckling escapades.

Meanwhile, intrigue runs rampant in the Court; the Queen (Geraldine Chaplin) carries on a clandestine affair with the British Prime Minister, the Duke of Buckingham (Simon Ward), under the oblivious eye of her husband, Louis XIII (Jean-Pierre Cassel), while evil Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston, who is marvelous, 'against type') plots to publicly embarrass her, and reveal her involvement, thus provoking a war with England, and the elimination of France's Protestant faction. The object of betrayal is a multi-jeweled necklace, a gift from Louis, given by the Queen to Buckingham, with two jewels stolen during a tryst by the Cardinal's agent, Milady de Winter. The task of recovering of the necklace, and replacing the missing jewels, is given to D'Artagnan and his Musketeer allies, who 'sacrifice' themselves to help the Gascon reach England.

Climaxing in a wild free-for-all at a Royal Ball, love triumphs, Richelieu is temporarily thwarted, Milady swears revenge against D'Artagnan, and he becomes a full-fledged Musketeer, joining his love and three recovered friends to celebrate.

This constitutes only the FIRST half of the novel and movie, and the filmmakers decided to end the picture at this point, releasing a sequel, THE FOUR MUSKETEERS, a year later, which would cover the darker remainder of the story. While it was a wise decision, no one had informed the cast that they were, in fact, making two movies, and not one, at the time of filming, and the stars quickly filed suit against the Salkinds. After a brief but highly publicized court case, the cast were compensated, and the second, equally enjoyable MUSKETEER film was released.

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (and it's sequel, THE FOUR MUSKETEERS) were triumphs for Lester, the Salkinds, and the matchless ensemble of actors. The films have achieved legendary status, over the years, and taken together, stand, today, as one of the finest comic adventures ever made.

If your experience of the tale is only the more recent Disney version, do yourself a favor, and catch the Lester films. You won't be disappointed!

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