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The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)

The story of Louis XIV of France and his attempts to keep his identical twin brother Philippe imprisoned away from sight and knowledge of the public, and Philippe's rescue by the aging ... See full summary »

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The story of Louis XIV of France and his attempts to keep his identical twin brother Philippe imprisoned away from sight and knowledge of the public, and Philippe's rescue by the aging Musketeers, led by D'Artagnan. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Classic Adventure of Heroism, Betrayal and Triumph.

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17 January 1977 (USA)  »

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El hombre en la mascara de hierro  »

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The film was made and released about thirty-eight years after the earlier black-and-white classic version of The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) from the Golden Age of Hollywood. See more »

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Phillipe identifies Cardinal Mazarin as his father's first prime minister. Louis XIII had at least one previous prime minister, Cardinal Richelieu. See more »

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D'Artagnan: He's haunted by the mystery, it would be an act of mercy to let him know.
Colbert de Voliere: We must say nothing yet.
D'Artagnan: We should tell him his true identity.
Colbert de Voliere: You and I are flirting with high treason, my friend. Let Phillipe remain ignorant for his own sake, as well as our own. The rack can loosen any man's tongue - even that of a Prince.
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Spoofed in Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992) See more »

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Hugely under-rated
2 September 2006 | by (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm not usually drawn to French historical/3 Musketeer films but I switched over to a movie channel today and this had just started so I thought I would give it a go. Within minutes I was captivated by the wonderful acting and the deviously intricate plot.

Richard Chamberlain is, here, a revelation. Nothing less. He excels in both of the very different roles he has to play. His depiction of King Louis XIV is quite mesmerising. The scene in which he arrogantly dances a ballet for his court is extraordinary. And, towards the end (I am trying not to spoil) Chamberlain - this time playing the other twin - is involved in another great dance moment, when he dances at a ball with the Queen and they have a private conversation as they dance, which is so well-written and performed that it will have you grinning with delight.

Patrick McGoohan, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and the rest of the cast are also on top form. The sumptuous direction is equally superb. Unfortunately, as it was a TV movie, the quality of the sound and video tape has suffered a little over the years, and I suspect this may be the reason why it has not been shown so often. But the deterioration in the visual quality is overcome by the brilliance of the acting and direction, which really do shine through the primitive technology to make for a truly memorable film experience.

I felt, watching some of this film, as if I was watching an opera. But if you don't like opera - don't let that put you off! It's the grandness of the story and the unashamedness of the acting/direction that I'm talking about. It is very rare that film-makers just throw caution to the winds and allow themselves to 'go for it' like this. Just watch it and you will know what I mean.


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