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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Alexandre Dumas père, the author of the book for which this is based, adapted his novel on a historical account of a mysterious prisoner in the Bastille who was forced to wear a leather mask on special occasions for the two years between his imprisonment and subsequent death. See more »

Goofs

The film is said to take place in 1662, which is consistent with King Louis XIV's apparent age as played by Leonardo DiCaprio and with the presence of his mother, Queen Anne of Austria, who in real life died in 1666. But this is inconsistent with references to the war against the Dutch (actually in 1672-78). (According to Voltaire, however, the real-life man was imprisoned in 1661, not 1669 as some sources say, making that part consistent.) See more »

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Athos: What gives you the right to judge me, to play God with the lives of others? Is it because you're so much holier than everyone else?
Aramis: Well yes, there is that. But also because I'm more intelligent than anybody else.
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you can watch this over and over again
29 May 2004 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

The only problem with this movie that the plot is a bit implausible, but nevertheless, everything was great. I must say that I've seen this movie more times than any movie in the world and i still say it's great. It has a star-studded cast, and all of them did an excellent acting job (DiCaprio, Byrne, Malkovich, Depardieu and Irons). This is a perfect ensemble cast, it's as if the roles were written for the actors. The acting was just well done. The events are exciting and sometimes heart-wrenching, the music is great, and the dialogue is truly, truly exceptional. Trust me, after watching this movie at least 18 times, I've realized that the dialogue is just superb. I very much recommend the movie, however, the story is very, very far from the original book by Alexander Dumas.


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