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The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  13 March 1998 (USA)
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The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

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Paris is starving, but the King of France is more interested in money and bedding women. When a young soldier dies for the sake of a shag, Aramis, Athos and Porthos band together with a plan to replace the king. Unknown to many, there is a 2nd king, a twin, hidden at birth, then imprisoned for 6 years behind an iron mask. All that remains now is D'Artagnan, will he stand against his long time friends, or do what is best for his country? Written by Leonardo DiCaprio

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For the honor of a king. And the destiny of a country. All for one.

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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DEM 3,659,092 (Germany) (17 April 1998)

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$56,876,365 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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This film is one of the few, if not only film versions, that features the subplot of Louis XIV stealing Rauol's fiancée from him. The story plays out differently, however. Christine was originally Louise de la Valliere, a historical figure who was in fact Louis's mistress, and according to some document had previously been involved with a man called Bragelonne, on whom Raoul was based. However, in the book Louis does not immediately send Raoul to Africa to be killed. He is instead sent to England on a diplomatic mission, and is recalled only when Louis's previous lover, Princess Henrietta (his brother's wife) calls him back. It is well after the failed attempt to replace Louis with Philippe, and after he realizes that Louise loves Louis in return, that a heartbroken Raoul accepts a position with the King's cousin, Beaufort, in Africa, where he is killed. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, we clearly see King Louis XIV inside and outside of the castle Vaux Le Vicomte. Louis XIV never lived in this castle, as it belonged to Nicolas Fouquet. Vaux Le Vicomte became a source of inspiration for the Versailles castle. Versailles was the living place of Louis XIV when he was old and is shown in the movie. Therefore, all castle sets are wrong, since the young Louis XIV lived mostly in the Louvre/Tuileries palace, in the center of Paris, not shown in the movie. See more »

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Familiar tale with a new cast
28 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leonardo DiCaprio is "The Man in the Iron Mask" and also King Louis XIV in this re-telling of the famous Dumas story. He is surrounded in a sumptuous production by a stellar cast that includes Gabriel Byrne, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu and Jeremy Irons. The oft-filmed plot concerns the twin brother of the cruel, selfish Louis IV who is guarded loyally by D'Artagnan. Phillipe, the twin, was taken from his mother at birth and once found by the King, imprisoned and placed in an iron mask to hide his identity. When the poverty and the uprisings become too much, Aramis (Irons), who knows of Phillipe's existence, breaks him out of prison with the help of Porthos (Depardieu) and Athos (Malkovich) with the idea of having him replace Louis at an upcoming masquerade ball. It falls to Athos, who has just lost his son Raoul in war because of Louis' lust for Raoul's fiancée, to teach Philippe how to be king in a short time. Things do not go as planned.

This tremendous cast and huge production make for absorbing viewing, different yet as entertaining as the Richard Chamberlain TV version and the Louis Hayward version in the 1930s. Here the emphasis is on the old Musketeers, which works well - Porthos who feels his age and misses the old lusts, the grieving Athos and Aramis, given an impossible job by Louis, which means that Louis must go; and, of course, D'Artagnan, fiercely loyal to his King and insisting that he can be molded into a great ruler, despite evidence to the contrary. The acting is fabulous - there really isn't a standout among the four men as they are all so good.

Leonardo DiCaprio creates two completely different characters with Louis and Philippe and does an excellent job. Though he was trending toward matinée idol/chick flick territory, he pulled himself out to take on weightier roles - though there's no doubt this film was meant to bring in the teenagers. And what's wrong with that - a classic story once in a while won't kill them.

Entertaining viewing.


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