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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 130 years after its source novel "The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later" by Alexandre Dumas had been first serialized between 1847-1850. The book's French title is "Le Vicomte de Bragelonne ou Dix ans plus tard". 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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Duval: What poet of antiquity first warned us to beware of Greeks bearing gifts?
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Version of The Iron Mask (1909) See more »

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Wonderful but what happened to this film?
11 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This and The Count of Monte Cristo were both made for television in the late 1970s and starred the talented Richard Chamberlain. Yet, because they were originally made for TV, they seem to have vanished and I haven't seen either on TV since the early 1980s (though I did copy them to now worn out videotapes). It's a real shame, as they were first-rate and every bit as good as any Hollywood production--maybe better.

The Man in the Iron Mask was the better of the two stories, but both are about as good Alexander Dumas stories as you can find. This is due to the overall package--exceptional music, acting, writing and pacing. I simply don't know how you could have made them much better.


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