The Three Musketeers (1993) Poster


Tim Curry plays a role previously played by Charlton Heston, something he would do again a few years later in Muppet Treasure Island (1996).
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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.
Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell and Oliver Platt all endured six weeks of fencing and riding lessons. Charlie Sheen missed out on all this, as he was then embroiled in the filming of Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993).
Disney wanted Robert Downey Jr. for a part.
Brad Pitt turned down the role that ultimately went to Chris O'Donnell. William Baldwin, Johnny Depp, Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cary Elwes and Al Pacino were also sought out by Disney for parts in the film.
Gabrielle Anwar was pregnant during filming and had to have her costumes let out.
After filming Chris O'Donnell kept his sword. He jokingly claims this was by accident.
D'Artagnan is saved from beheading by the other Musketeers, who disguise themselves as a priest and headsman. While this scene is not to be found in the original novel The Three Musketeers, there is a similar scene in the sequel, Twenty Years After, in which the four musketeers attempt to save England's King Charles I by disguising themselves as men working on the execution scaffold.
Charlie Sheen was originally sought for the role of Porthos.
Mostly shot in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria, where Rebecca De Mornay attended high school and college.
Cary Elwes was also considered for one of the roles until well into the casting process, and appeared in a pre-production interview from New York's Planet Hollywood with Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland that was broadcast on E! Network.
The throwing weapon with cords and weights that Porthos uses to catch the guard during the fight at the convent is real. It is called "bolas" or "boleadora" and was used by Patagonian gauchos, in modern day Argentina. As for the time of the film these weren't known in Europe, this could support Porthos' claims of his many travels and adventures, despite generally being considered as fabricated.
Athos calls Countess D'Winter "Sabine". In the original novel, her character is known by several names (Milady de Winter, Anne de Breuil, Comtesse de la Fère, Lady Clarik, Charlotte Backson, or simply "Milady") but Sabine is not one of them.
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Winona Ryder was considered for the role of Countess D'Winter.
Charlie Sheen really hated horses.
When Charlie Sheen's character Aramis says "See you in Calais", it is a reference to the famous General George S. Patton Jr. quote yelled at Dwight D. Eisenhower out of Patton's hotel window - three hundred years after the film is set.
A rival TriStar version was also in development at the same time as this film, with star Johnny Depp and director Jeremiah S. Chechik attached. Ultimately, it fell through. Oliver Platt had also been approached to play Porthos in that version as well. Interestingly, Chechik would direct Platt two years later in the film Tall Tale (1995).
Stephen Dorff turned down the role of D'Artagnan.
The dungeon scenes were filmed at Seegrotte, Austria: an old mine which was flooded early in 1900's due to an underground water source and was later used by the Nazi's during the second war to conduct military research. The site is now open to the public and famous for its underground lake. The scene decoration of one of the prison cells, as well as the dragon-head boat are still kept intact at Seegrotte and could be visited.
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During the final duel with Rochefort D'Artagnan leaps over him, and spins, landing on the other side of him to avoid a blow. Rochefort, all decked in black, says, powerfully, "Impressive!" Mirroring, in homage, Darth Vader's fight with Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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Some sequences were shot in Cornwall, England. A small woods called Golitha Falls was used in one sequence when the musketeers are being pursued by guards. The small harbour village of Charlestown is home to the galleon that was used in a night-shoot. Scenes were also shot on Pentire Head, Boconnoc Estate, Doyden Castle and in the grounds at Llanhydrock House
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Made again in 2011 as The Three Musketeers (2011). In that film, Kiefer Sutherland role of Athos is played by Matthew Macfadyen. His father, Donald Sutherland, worked with Macfadyen in Pride & Prejudice (2005) and "The Pillars of the Earth (2010)_. Oliver Platt worked with Macfadyen in Frost/Nixon (2008).
During a bar scene, D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell) asks Aramis (Charlie Sheen) why Athos (Kiefer Sutherland) is drinking alone. Aramis replied "Because he takes his drinking seriously". This is somewhat ironic, given Sutherland's many arrests for DUI.
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Paul McGann plays two different roles in the movie Girard and Jussac.
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One of the previous Musketeer films was The Fifth Musketeer (1979), loosely based on the final novel, The Vicomte of Bragelonne, AKA The Man in the Iron Mask. In that film, the roles played by Charlie Sheen (Aramis) and Kiefer Sutherland (Athos) were played by Lloyd Bridges and José Ferrer. Sutherland appeared with Miguel Ferrer in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), and Sheen appeared with both Lloyd Bridges and Miguel Ferrer in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993). Chris O'Donnell worked with Miguel Ferrer on NCIS: Los Angeles (2009).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Lady Sebine jumps off a cliff, she became the first character in a movie released under the Walt Disney banner to commit suicide.

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