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14 December 1979 (Denmark) See more »
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Pure adventure is back...for the fun of it! See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ted Richmond, Producer of ‘Papillon,’ Dies at 103
 (From Variety - Film News. 6 January 2014, 5:59 PM, PST)

Sylvia Kristel obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 18 October 2012, 4:00 PM, PDT)

Olivia de Havilland: Back at Warner Bros.
 (From Alt Film Guide. 5 June 2012, 8:01 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvia Kristel ... Maria Theresa

Ursula Andress ... Louise de la Vallière

Beau Bridges ... Louis XIV / Philippe of Gascony

Cornel Wilde ... D'Artagnan

Ian McShane ... Fouquet

Alan Hale Jr. ... Porthos

Lloyd Bridges ... Aramis

José Ferrer ... Athos

Olivia de Havilland ... Queen Mother
Helmut Dantine ... Spanish Ambassador

Rex Harrison ... Colbert
Román Ariznavarreta

Bernard Bresslaw ... Bernard
Stephan Bastian
Victor Couzyn (as Victor Couzin)
Karl Ferth
Fritz von Friedl (as Fritz V. Friedl)
Christine Glasner
Fritz Goblirsch ... Kammerdiener
Erhart Hartmann
Billy Horrigan (as Bill Horrigan)
Michael Janisch ... Hauptmann der Gefängniswache
Cissy Kraner ... Marianne - Haushälterin
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Oberin im Kloster
Heinz Nick
Ingrid Olofson
Stephan Paryla
Albert Rueprecht ... Captain
Ute Rumm
Tony Smart
Robert Werner
Heinz Winter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Pinney ... Captain of the Guards (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Annakin 
 
Writing credits
Alexandre Dumas père (novel The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later)

David Ambrose  writer
George Bruce  earlier screenplay

Produced by
Heinz Lazek .... executive producer
Ted Richmond .... producer
 
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
 
Production Design by
Elliot Scott 
 
Art Direction by
Theodor Harisch  (as Theo Harisch)
 
Costume Design by
Tony Pueo 
 
Makeup Department
Madeleine Cofano .... hair stylist
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist (as Francesco Corridoni)
Ana Criado .... hair stylist
Cristóbal Criado .... makeup supervisor (as Cristobal Criado Sola)
Luis Criado .... makeup artist
Stefano Fava .... makeup artist
Gilda .... hair stylist
Günter Kulier .... makeup artist (as Gunter Kulier)
Herta Matula .... hair stylist
John O'Gorman .... makeup artist
Ladislaus Valicek .... makeup artist
Lilli Zangerle .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hermann Wolf .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David C. Anderson .... assistant director (as David Anderson)
Terry Needham .... assistant director
Bob Wright .... assistant director (as Robert Wright)
 
Art Department
Norman Reynolds .... assistant art director
Charles Torbett .... property master
 
Sound Department
John Ireland .... adr editor
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Vernon Messenger .... sound editor
Karl Schlifelner .... dubbing mixer
Kurt Schwarz .... dubbing mixer (as Kurt Schwartz)
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
Jim Willis .... sound mixer
Jim Willis .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Helmut Gräf .... special effects (as Helmut Graef)
Fernando Pérez .... special effects
 
Stunts
Calvin Spencer .... stunt double: Lloyd Bridges
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Horrigan .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chico Klein .... electrician
Viktor Korger .... camera operator: second unit
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Peter Boyle .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ken Buckle .... wrangler
Peter Diamond .... sword master
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Otto Retzer .... location manager
Calvin Spencer .... double: Lloyd Bridges
Julio Vallejo .... executive assistant to producer
Irmi von Rüxleben .... production secretary
 

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Also Known As:
"The 5th Musketeer" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
UK:116 min | USA:104 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Director Ken Annakin and cinematographer Jack Cardiff died on the same day, April 22, 2009.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One Musketeer Too Many, 17 December 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Despite a stellar cast, The Fifth Musketeer still remains just an average retelling of The Man In The Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas's sequel novel to The Three Musketeers.

Ironically in the role of the aging D'Artagnan is Cornel Wilde who I would love to have seen in The Three Musketeers back in the day. Wilde in fact was a fencing champion, he was on the US Olympic team before he became an actor.

No preliminary tale of the birth of the twins to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. We meet the grownup Louis XIV and Phillipe of Gascony as grown young men. Phillippe's been trained in the military arts by his foster father D'Artagnan and the other Three Musketeers, Jose Ferrer as Athos, Alan Hale, Jr. as Porthos, and Lloyd Bridges as Aramis. Louis and Phillippe are played by Beau Bridges.

That seems to be the main weakness of the film. I think Beau himself would be the first to agree he hasn't the swashbuckling élan of Louis Hayward, but he also isn't as good Leonardo DiCaprio in a later version. As for Queen Maria Theresa whom we meet as the Infanta of Spain, Marie Kristel also lacks some passion. If I were either of these twins I'd have taken up with royal mistress Ursula Andress in a Parisian minute. Now she's full of passion.

Rex Harrison and Ian McShane are an interesting pair of dueling ministers, Colbert and Fouquet, both of whom did vie for Louis XIV's favor, but well into his reign. McShane is not as sly as Joseph Schildkraut in the 1939 The Man With The Iron Mask. Harrison seems preoccupied like he was waiting for his salary check to clear. For the very few minutes Olivia DeHavilland is on screen as Queen Mother Anne of Austria, she's completely wasted.

The cinematography is grand, it always is when Jack Cardiff does it. The film was shot in Vienna which apparently looks more 17th century than Paris does now. But Ken Annakin who usually does films that roar with action and adventure seems not to be able to get this one to rise to the occasion.

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