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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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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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Although the book is often published under the title The Man in the Iron Mask, Philippe is not made to wear the mask throughout the book. Though he is imprisoned in the Bastille, it is only after the failed attempt to supplant Louis with him that Louis gives the order to have his face covered. See more »

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The pronunciation of 'Athos' varies throughout the movie. Not only do different characters say his name differently, the same character - Philippe - pronounces it differently at different points in the movie. See more »

Quotes

D'Artagnan: Anne, I know that to love you is a treason against France, but not to love you is a treason against my heart.
Queen Anne: Then we will both die traitors, D'Artagnan.
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Spoofs Caligula (1979) See more »

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Much better than I expected!!!
27 December 2000 | by (Ile Ste. Marguerite) – See all my reviews

I was wary... VERY WARY... due to the fact of DiCaprio's role(s).... Anything was better than the book however.... The musketeers were incredibly well-cast, Irons making up for my original hostility for Aramis and Malkovich, Depardieu, and Byrne giving me greater reason to respect these four men of chivalry and honour. Lee D. on the other hand.... well, what can I say? He downplayed both characters, with Philippe is was immensely effective, with LouisXIV a travesty of performing. The mask was perhaps the most attractive bit of metal put together in any movie version. Besides the initial appearance, it looked the most "functional." After I swallowed my Pride and Prejudice I rented it, watched it, thought about it, then bought it. Can I say more? Accurate costuming, GREAT SCRIPT!!! A great movie for a "video-rental night."


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