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The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Milady. Rochefort, the Cardinal's right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King's Musketeers. Three, however, refuse to throw down their swords - Athos the fighter and drinker, Porthos the pirate and lover, and Aramis the priest and poet. Arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, D'Artagnan uncovers the Cardinal's plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King and Country. Written by
During production, Tim Curry was offered the role of the Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who (1996). He was interested in playing the role, but he didn't know how to play the character. One day during filming, Curry approached Paul McGann on how he would play the Eighth Doctor if he was cast. Curry eventually turned down the role because of scheduling conflicts with several movies, and McGann was cast as the Eighth Doctor. See more »
When D'Artagnan jumps down from the carriage to unhitch the horses, he throws the reins forward over the nearest horse's back. A few moments later Porthos grabs the reins which are now resting on the driver's seat, and throws them forward again. See more »
[a really drunk Porthos sees Athos]
Ooh. May I have this dance?
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Nope, it's by no means an accurate adaptation of Dumas' original work. Umm, does nanyone really care? Dumas' plot, while interesting in and of itself to many, is probably not one that many folks who think of "the Three Musketters" could actually _tell_ you.
This movie sets out to more or less capture the feel of such films, rather than the source material itself. In that regard, it's not too badly done. The characters are pretty broadly drawn, but adequate for the younger audience they're aimed at. Sutherland, Platt, and Sheen all seem way too young, but at least the first two are entertaining. Platt in particular manages to steal every scene he's in.
By the same token, Richelieu's character is simplified to "generic bad guy." The King and Queen seem too young as well (although they're represented age may be novelistically and/or historically accurate - again, could most folks really tell you, or care?).
Overall, I'd recommend the movie for some light entertainment, but don't take it too seriously.
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