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The Fifth Musketeer (1979)

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King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks up his brother in the Bastille. The king wants to increase his popularity and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Queen Mother
Helmut Dantine ...
Spanish Ambassador
Román Ariznavarreta
Stephan Bastian
Victor Couzyn ...
(as Victor Couzin)


King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks up his brother in the Bastille. The king wants to increase his popularity and stages an assassination against himself where Philippe is dressed as king Louis. But Philippe manages to escape the assassination and everybody believes him to be the real king... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Duelling, dashing heroes ... from the bedroom to the battlefield! See more »




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14 December 1979 (Denmark)  »

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The 5th Musketeer  »

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1.66 : 1
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Director Ken Annakin and cinematographer Jack Cardiff died on the same day, April 22, 2009. See more »


Version of The Iron Mask (1909) See more »

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Luxurious and glamorous production with all star cast , though really wasted
12 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

¨The fifth Musketeer¨ is packed with derring-do , intrigue,romance, action and exciting swordplay. An excellent casting and lavish production partially shot in Vienna make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler , however it drags in some places. This is a new version of the Dumas's novel with a handsome Beau Bridges in a dual role. This is a slight and simple retelling about the durable Alexandre Dumas's novel and is set in 17th century French court where two twins brothers ( Beau Bridges playing a double role),separated at birth, one nasty become Louis XIV of France compromised to marry to Mª Teresa of Spain( Silvia Kristel ) and the another Phillippe is unjustly imprisoned in the Bastilla. Both of whom are sons of the Queen mother Anna of Austria , turned nun( Olivia De Havilland). Later on ,Phillippe is jailed in prison and hidden his identity wearing an iron mask but his existence threatens the kingdom .But D'Artagnan( Cornel Wilde), Athos (Alan Hale ) and Aramis (Jose Ferrer) and the Minister named Colbert( Rex Harrison)scheme a plan to free Phillippe clashing against a malicious Fouquet( Ian McShane) ,the Louis XIV's favorite. They join forces for royal vengeance with the shout : ¨One for all and all for one¨.They are planning a plot involving substitution by the lookalike brother.

It's a mediocre rendition from the immortal novel with quite but wasted budget .The picture contains rousing action, intrigue,exciting swordplay,romantic adventure, and mayhem . Marvelous main actors completed by stellar cast full of classical and veteran players as Cornel Wilde, Rex Harrison, Olivia De Havilland and several others. And an agreeable Beau Bridges as suffering prisoner turning to valiant swashbuckler and selfish king . It contains some nudism , of course it's in charge of experts actresses as Silvia Kristel and Ursula Andress, nevertheless in some versions is cut. Acceptable cinematography by the classic Jack Cardiff, recently passed away, who had a distinguished and long career crowned with some Oscar . Evocative musical score by the Italian composer named Riz Ortalani . Lush production design is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors filmed at Austrian palaces. The motion picture is regularly realized by Ken Annakin. This classy story is subsequently remade on several versions , firstly is shot with Douglas Fairbanks( silent rendition, 1929), by James Whale (1939)with Louis Hayward and Joan Bennet,finally in 1998 by Randall Wallace with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich , furthermore TV version by Mike Newell with Richard Chamberlain and Ralph Richardson .¨The Fifth Musketeer¨ is an inferior and silly adaptation of the classy that will appeal to the costumer genre buffs and it results to be an average adaptation with big budget based on the classic tale .

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