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4 August 1989 (Ireland) See more »
Swashbuckling action, comedy capers and rollicking adventures, bigger and better than ever. They're back... all for one and one for all!
It's 1649: Mazarin hires the impoverished D'Artagnan to find the other musketeers: Cromwell has overthrown the English king... See more » | Add synopsis »
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THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS (Richard Lester, 1989) **1/2 See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael York ... D'Artagnan

Oliver Reed ... Athos

Frank Finlay ... Porthos

C. Thomas Howell ... Raoul

Kim Cattrall ... Justine de Winter

Geraldine Chaplin ... Queen Anne

Roy Kinnear ... Planchet

Christopher Lee ... Rochefort

Philippe Noiret ... Cardinal Mazarin

Richard Chamberlain ... Aramis
Eusebio Lázaro ... Duke of Beaufort (as Eusebio Lazaro)

Alan Howard ... Oliver Cromwell
David Birkin ... Louis XIV

Bill Paterson ... Charles I

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Cyrano de Bergerac (as Jean Pierre Cassel)

Billy Connolly ... Caddie
Servane Ducorps ... Olympe
William J. Fletcher ... De Guiche
Laure Sabardin ... Chevreuse
Marcelline Collard ... Lamballe
Pat Roach ... French Executioner
Jesús Ruyman ... Headsman
Fernando De Juan ... Ireton
Barry Burgues ... Young Clerk
Leon Greene ... Captain Groslow
Ágata Lys ... Duchesse de Longueville
Bob Todd ... High Bailiff
Lucy Hardwick ... Lady-in-Waiting

Aldo Sambrell ... Burly Demonstrator
Jack Taylor ... Gentleman on Horseback
Ricardo Palacios ... Big Lackey
Luciano Federico ... Tall Lackey
Carmen Fernández ... Commedia player
Rafael de la Cruz ... Commedia player
German Estebas ... Commedia player
Jesús García ... Commedia player
Fernando Simón ... Commedia player

Directed by
Richard Lester 
Writing credits
George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay) (as George Macdonald Fraser)

Alexandre Dumas père (book "Twenty Years After") (as Alexandre Dumas)

Produced by
Wayne Drizin .... executive producer
Mario Sotela .... executive producer
Pierre Spengler .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Claude Petit  (as Jean Claude Petit)
Cinematography by
Bernard Lutic (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith  (as John Victor Smith)
Production Design by
Gil Parrondo 
Art Direction by
Raul Paton 
Set Decoration by
Michael Seirton 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
Cynthia Cruz .... makeup artist: Ms. Cattrall
Paquita Núñez .... hair stylist
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Susana Sánchez .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Christian Fuin .... production manager
Fernando Marquerie .... production manager
Francisco Molero .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Javier Balaguer .... second assistant director
Alejandro Calvo-Sotelo .... assistant director
Karen Morgan .... second assistant director
Clive Reed .... first assistant director
Manuel L. Cañizares .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
José María Alarcón .... assistant production designer
Eddie Fowlie .... locations and property
Julián Mateos .... set dresser
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Tadeo Villalba hijo .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Samuel Cohen .... boom operator
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound mixer
Stan Fiferman .... sound editor
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Wiggins .... supervising sound editor
Jeremy Child .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Costas Charitou .... titles & opticals: Image to Image (uncredited)
Antony Hunt .... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company (uncredited)
Joaquín Parra .... stunt arranger
Gonzalo Hernández .... horse wrangler (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel A. Clavijo .... focus puller
Antonio Colmenar .... key grip
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
Federico G. Grau .... still photographer
José Luis Martínez .... gaffer
Alfredo Mayo .... camera operator
Luis Peña Heredia .... focus puller
Roland Neveu .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Concha Campins .... madrid casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Debbie McWilliams .... casting: London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martín Díaz Porras .... wardrobe master
Andrés Fernández .... wardrobe master
Delfín Prieto .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Neil Farrell .... assistant film editor
María Luisa Pino .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Chris Clad .... music producer: CMC Productions
Chris Clad .... music publisher: CMC Productions
Dick Lewzey .... music mixer
Jean-Claude Petit .... conductor (as Jean Claude Petit)
Ruth Schell .... music editor
Transportation Department
Fernando Megino .... driver
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial support
Paco Ardura .... wrangler
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Ramón Díaz de Laspra .... accountant
Ceri Evans .... continuity
Manolo García .... location manager
William Hobbs .... fight arranger
Trudy Kling .... assistant: Mr. Spengler
Oscar F. Kolombatovich .... swords
Jennie McClean .... assistant: Mr. Lester
Vicente Ortega .... location manager
Vincente Ortega .... location manager
Susana Prieto .... production coordinator
Alejandro Ruiz .... location manager
Bette L. Smith .... completion bond company representative: The Completion Bond Company
Richard Turner .... production accountant
Roy Kinnear .... dedicatee
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
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Jean-Pierre Cassel who plays Cyrano de Bergerac played Louis XIII in the two previous films The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).See more »
Anachronisms: Balloons (both hot air hydrogen) were invented in 1783, 122 years after the death of Cardinal Mazarin.See more »
Justine de Winter:King Charles' death is inevitable, and France must not interfere. General Cromwell insists.
Cardinal Mazarin:Roundhead diplomacy. Does he think he can cut off a crowned head, even an English one, and royal France will stand by doing nothing?
Justine de Winter:What will France do?
Cardinal Mazarin:Stand by... protesting.
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THE RETURN OF THE MUSKETEERS (Richard Lester, 1989) **1/2, 15 April 2011
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

To be honest, though I have not watched them in ages, I am not quite as much a fan of Richard Lester's revisionist version(s) of Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling saga as I would like (being more partial to the 1948 version which is the one I grew up with); with this in mind, I did not actively seek out to catch up with the belated third entry, neither when it opened in local theaters nor on its sporadic Italian TV appearances! That said, having purchased Anchor Bay's SE DVD set of the 1973/4 adaptations regardless, I also made it a point to finally acquire the film under review…and, though I have been wanting to check it out for the longest time, only got to it now jointly in tribute to James Whale (by way of his definitive 1939 version of THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK) and as part of my current Easter epic marathon!

To cut a long story short, I quite enjoyed the film (though the comedy is still very much frenzied and hit-and-miss in the traditional Lester style) – which had been thoroughly ignored at the time, another reason I was in no special hurry to watch it. Of course, Lester re-acquired the services of most of the principals save, obviously, for the ones who had expired or been replaced (Faye Dunaway and Charlton Heston respectively: amusingly, when the latter wished there was some way to bring Cardinal Richelieu back, the director obliged by having a portrait of him in character hanged up in his replacement Mazarin's office throughout the film and which he later donated to the actor!). Still, Jean-Pierre Cassel exchanges roles from the French royal to that of nasally-deformed poet/buffoon Cyrano De Bergerac; incidentally, he had previously 'met' this other popular literary figure – reincarnated by Jose' Ferrer after his 1050 Oscar win! – when himself playing the Musketeer D'Artagnan in an obscure but worthwhile 1963 film by Abel Gance!

The new recruits, however, also proved surprisingly effective: Philip Noiret as Cardinal Mazarin, Prime Minister and Regent in lieu of the child King Louis XIV (though his openly carrying on a relationship with Geraldine Chaplin's Queen Mother is rather in poor taste!); C. Thomas Howell as the adopted son of Oliver Reed's Athos (the sole link to Dumas "Le Vicomte De Bragellone" aka "The Man In The Iron Mask" – whereas the rest is an adaptation of "Twenty Years After", already solidly brought to the screen in 1952 as AT SWORD'S POINT); and Kim Cattrall as the true villainess of the piece (inevitably, we had to have one here as well), memorably introduced as an axe-wielding monk(!) catching up with the executioner who had beheaded her mother, Milady De Winter – born out of the latter's relationship with Rochefort (played once again by Christopher Lee, despite his vociferous protests over the years of having been paid for the previous outings on a two-films-for-the-price-of-one basis!) and whom she detests and humiliates for having abandoned her.

The plot finds Michael York's D'Artagnan still struggling for a court position, Oliver Reed's Athos typically raising hell under the influence (as befits the actor who passed away in Malta 10 years later during the filming of GLADIATOR {2000} following yet another massive binge in a local bar that was subsequently rename "Ollie's Pub"!!) – however, whenever he chooses to flex his serious acting muscles, he is as commanding as any thespian, Frank Finlay as an inertly-wealthy Porthos, while Richard Chamberlain's Aramis is now confessor to Chaplin and, though relegated to a "Special Appearance" credit, he does get a reasonably meaty role as a womanizing cleric! Also on hand is Roy Kinnear as an amiably impish Planchet: unfortunately, he would himself die when thrown off a horse while shooting this, an unfortunate accident which led the director to give up film-making altogether (without wishing to pass judgment on him, this decision is in stark contrast to John Landis' essentially unruffled reaction at the even more tragic death of Vic Morrow while TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE {1983} was being made!).

Anyway, the narrative here incorporates the taking of power from British King Charles I (Chaplin's character's brother) by Oliver Cromwell – in cahoots with Mazarin and Justine De Winter! The Queen Mother dispatches the Musketeers to save him, but they hilariously fail since, having kidnapped the executioner and hiding under the gallows ostensibly to strike at the opportune moment, Cattrall deals the deadly blow herself unheralded! Earlier, the quartet of swordsmen also had found their loyalties divided when D'Artagnan and Porthos opt to serve the Cardinal, while Athos and Aramis take the side of a rather fey Duke (while escaping the unaccountably bumbling Rochefort's clutches – the latter even expires comically in an explosion aboard ship!) which an opposing faction supports. The swordplay is reasonably vigorous (despite the Musketeers showing their age), with Justine often taking them – and Howell – on all at once; her athletic exit, then, rips off Rupert Of Hentzau's from "The Prisoner Of Zenda"! In the end, the film (that, watched on a 40" screen, occasionally exhibited smudgy visuals) essentially marks the transition between the classical era of adventure films to the youth-oriented pictures prevalent today.

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