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The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

PG-13 | | 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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Madame Rotund
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Emmanuel Guttierez ...
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Storyline

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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13 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de la máscara de hierro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,271,450 (USA) (13 March 1998)

Gross:

$56,876,365 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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Trivia

This is the third in a trilogy of the Alexandre Dumas père novels about the adventures of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, which also include 'The 3 Musketeers' and 'Twenty Years After'. See more »

Goofs

When D'Artagnan arrived in the throne room immediately after realizing that something is awry, he nods to the King on his throne while standing on the far right of the King. When the camera shoots to Louis nodding back, he nods slightly to his left, even though D'Artagnan was just standing to the King's far right. See more »

Quotes

[the Four Musketeers and Phillipe are trapped by riflemen at the other end of the hallway]
Aramis: D'Artagnan... They're young Musketeers. They've been weaned on our legends. They revere us. It is an advantage.
Porthos: Yes. Why don't we charge them?
D'Artagnan: I trained these men. They will fight to the death. But if we must die - if WE must die - let it be like this.
[He draws his sword and points it at the floor. Aramis, Porthos, and Athos, join their swords with his]
Athos: One for all. All for one.
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References Caligula (1979) See more »

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A pleasant surprise!
23 January 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When this film started playing in theaters in March 1998, I thought: this is going to be another overrated film that Leo Di Caprio is in...so I avoided going to see it. But I decided to rent it yesterday, since I was in the mood to watch a period film. Was I surprised! I really enjoyed watching this film. Although it did have a few flaws here and there, it is still a very worthwhile and enjoyable film. The costumes were nice, yes, but the sets were even better. The cinematography was outstanding. Who cares if it "was not true" to the Alexandre Dumas novel--film adaptions of famous novels never are true to the books. This film didn't do so well at the box office because it started playing in theaters at a time when all of the Titanic hype was still taking place. Perhaps The Man in the Iron Mask should've been released in the fall of 98--I bet more people would've gone to see it in theaters. If you haven't seen this film, rent it. It's both an enjoyable story and a visual wonder. See it at least twice!


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