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The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure  -  17 January 1977 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillipe / Louis
Vivien Merchant ...
Brenda Bruce ...
Godfrey Quigley ...
Emrys James ...
Ann Zelda ...
Henriette (as Anne Zelda)
Stacy Davis ...


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 <>

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17 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Last film of Vivien Merchant. See more »


Position of the sentry in the background while Philippe is talking on the wharf. See more »


Fouquet: But please, don't let me interrupt your exercise.
D'Artagnan: Nonsense, it's a welcome intrusion for an aging swordsman.
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Version of The Iron Mask (1909) See more »

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New version of the Dumas's novel with a handsome Richard Chamberlain in a dual role
12 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is an epic retelling about the durable Alexandre Dumas's novel and is set in 17th century French court where a twins brothers (Richard Chamberlain playing a double role),separated at birth,one nasty become in Louis XIV of France married with Mª Teresa of Spain(Vivien Merchant) and the other Phillippe is unjustly imprisoned in the Bastilla.Both are sons of the Queen mother Anna of Austria(Brenda Bruce).Later Phillippe is jailed in an island and is hidden his identity wearing an iron mask but his existence threatens the reigning.But D'Artagnan(Louis Jordan) and the Minister named Colbert(Ralph Richardson)scheme a plan to free Phillippe clashing against a malicious Fouquet(Patrick McGooham ,the Louis XIV's favorite.

It's an excellent rendition from the immortal novel with quite budget though is made for television.The picture contains rousing action,intrigue,exciting swordplay,romantic adventure,mayhem and is pretty entertaining. Marvelous casting with a magnificent Richard Chamberlain as a suffering inmate turning to valiant swashbuckler and a selfish king.Exceptional cinematography by the classic Freddie Young with a distinguished and long career crowned with three Oscars by David Lean films.Spectacular musical score by Allyn Ferguson.Lush production design by John Stoll is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors filmed in England and French palaces(Fointeneblau,Versalles among others).The motion picture is well realized by Mike Newell.This classy story is subsequently remade several versions,firstly is shot with Douglas Fairbanks( mute rendition,1929),by James Whale(1939)with Louis Hayward and Joan Bennet,finally in 1998 by Randall Wallace with Leonardo DiCaprio.This is the better adaptation for TV of the classy and will like to the costume genre fans

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