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The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (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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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.


Action | Adventure

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

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Release Date:

13 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de la máscara de hierro  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Anthony Hopkins was the first choice of Randall Wallace to play Aramis. Though he turned it down due to filming commitments with The Mask of Zorro (1998). Sam Neill and Alan Rickman were also considered for the role before Jeremy Irons excepted the part. See more »


When D'Artagnan is dealing with the angry peasants about the spoiled food, and the apples are thrown, the second apple that D'Artagnan "stabs in the air" is visible on his sword before the slow-motion shot. See more »


Athos: D'Artagnan, I have never known a finer man than you nor cared more for a friend, but if this king harms my son merely to take a lover, then this king will become my enemy. And so will any man who stands between that enemy and me.
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Slick-Looking Dumas Tale
14 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a well-made, polished-looking version of another famous Alexander Dumas 'Three Muskateers" story and looked great on DVD when it came out in the earlier days of that format.

This is an old tale of the Muskateers in latter days and the efforts to get rid of an evil king, Louis XIV and replace him with his twin brother. Both roles are played by Leonardo Di Caprio. The twin had been unjustly imprisoned and put in an iron mask for years.

The film has an interesting cast of international actors: DiCaprio and John Malkovich from the United States; Jermey Irons from Britain; Gerald DePardieu, Anne Parillaud and Judith Godreche, all from France and Cabriel Byrne from Ireland.

Malkovich, as usual, plays the most interesting character. Parillaud plays Louis' mother and she's too young-looking for that role.

This is a fairly long movie and doesn't have an overabundance of action but doesn't need to, to keep one's attention. Randall Wallace, of "Braveheart" fame, directed this - another plus for the movie.

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