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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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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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Also Known As:

El hombre de la máscara de hierro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Aramis: We are offering you the chance to be King.
Phillippe: No, you are offering me the chance to pretend to be King.
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Referenced in Ausverkauft! (1999) See more »

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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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