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The Fifth Musketeer (1979)

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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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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The 5th Musketeer  »

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D'Artagnan was portrayed by actor Cornel Wilde in "The 5th Musketeer" and was the latest of many screen appearances for one of the most popular heroes of all time. First, beginning in 1915, D'Artagnan was portrayed in several early Biograph one and two-reelers. D'Artagnan made a major screen debut in the first lavish version of The Three Musketeers (1921) with Douglas Fairbanks in the role. Fairbanks also returned to the part in the initial screen version of The Man in the Iron Mask (1928). Walter Abel portrayed the first D'Artagnan in a film with sound in The Three Musketeers (1935), and a short time after, Don Ameche had filled the adventurer's boots in the film's second remake, The Three Musketeers (1939), a movie that featured The Ritz Brothers. The production notes for The Fifth Musketeer (1979) stated: "But Cornel Wilde probably brings the greatest authority to the character as a skillful fencer who at an early age won National Fencing Championship titles and even landed himself a position on the U.S. Olympic Games Fencing Team". See more »

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The longer version, titled Behind the Iron Mask, ends with a fadeout and no end credits at all. All of the film's credits are at the beginning. See more »

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The great Jack Cardiff was the cinematographer for this film.
7 September 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rather sad film with several stellar actors near the end of their careers, playing men of action near the end of their own careers.

The great cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, adds a touch of class to this otherwise ordinary film with some moody, misty shots of fields at dawn, gardens at sunset and fireworks.

I find it almost unbearable to watch Cornel Wilde, Rex Harrison and Jose Ferrer in this film. It should have been called: Die Gotterdammerung-The Twilight of The Gods-(French-version).

Lots of sword-play and some near-charming dialogue. Not as sharp or as witty as it could have been if it had been made 10 years earlier.


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