MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,469 this week

Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)
"Alatriste" (original title)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 8,847 users  
Reviews: 82 user | 32 critic

Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 22 Dec 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)

Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer.

User Polls

4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pathfinder (2007)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savior in a fight against the Norsemen.

Director: Marcus Nispel
Stars: Karl Urban, Clancy Brown, Moon Bloodgood
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Director: Terry George
Stars: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan
Centurion (2010)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack.

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko
Valkyrie (2008)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Russian sniper and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson
Che: Part One (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac
Che: Part Two (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Demian Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Angélica de Alquézar
...
Íñigo Balboa
Eduard Fernández ...
Sebastián Copons
...
Conde de Guadalmedina
...
María de Castro
Juan Echanove ...
Francisco de Quevedo
...
Antonio Dechent ...
Curro Garrote
...
Fray Emilio Bocanegra
Francesc Garrido ...
Martín Saldaña
...
Mujer de Malatesta
Jesús Castejón ...
Luis de Alquézar
Cristina Marcos ...
Joyera
Luis Zahera ...
Pereira
Edit

Storyline

Spain 17th century.Diego Alatriste, brave and heroic soldier, is fighting under his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and near to die ask to Diego, as his last desire, to looking after his son Inigo and grow him as a soldier. Alatriste has to come back to Madrid. Written by 1felco

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

army | spain | 17th century | desire | trap | See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

1 September 2006 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Alatriste  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

€24,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Leonor Watling was offered a role but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

During the white flag scene at Rocroi, the corpses around the Spanish soldiers move between takes. See more »

Quotes

Conde Duque de Olivares: Without Flanders, there's nothing... Captain.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Spanish Movie (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
17th century brought to life
25 August 2006 | by (León, Spain) – See all my reviews

'Alatriste' is a film based in a series of novels by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (five until release time, with a sixth published four months later) which is hugely popular in Spain. But undoubtedly it was the news that Viggo Mortensen was to be playing the title character what put the project onto the international radar.

In fact, had it not been for Mortensen's acceptance of the role, the film would not have been made at all. Director Agustín Díaz Yanes, who also adapted the script, condensing the five novels into 134 minutes of action, said from the beginning that the film would be made only if a major movie star fronted it, and the search soon took him beyond the Spanish frontiers. To his credit, Mortensen accepted to follow up his stardom-achieving role in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy (the clinching conversation for 'Alatriste' took place during the Berlin premiere of 'The return of the king' in December 2003) with a daring move that raised many eyebrows: starring in a non-English language film, and speaking his whole part in Spanish with his own voice, whose accent he had to change from the South American he knew since childhood to the Old Castillian his role demanded.

The film follows 40-something Diego de Alatriste y Tenorio through 20 years of his life, from the wars in Flanders in 1623 to those against France in 1643, when Spain, under king Philip IV, accelerated its decline from its position as the world's dominating superpower. The film is bookended by two spectacular feats of arms taken from each of these conflicts, but in the middle we get to know the man under the wide-brimmed hat and the long cloak. When not in the thick of the action, he has to make a living hiring his skills, and those involve killing for a few gold coins back in the dark corners of Madrid or Seville: not for people of his type the kind of glamourised glory depicted in victory-celebrating murals. Mortensen's portrayal - raspy voice, cold-eyed gaze and menacing professional manner - is every bit what the role demands, and his performance is one of the triumphs of the film.

However, he is not all there is, even if the hype has made it seem that Mortensen was all that mattered in the film. He is surrounded by a crew he has celebrated as being as fine as any he's worked with anywhere, and a cast of the best 'hidden' talent Spain has to offer (no Antonio Banderas or Javier Bardem here). Accompanying the 'tired hero', as he is described in the books, we have Unax Ugalde as Íñigo de Balboa, the young buck Alatriste raises in lieu of his dead father; Elena Anaya as Angélica de Alquézar, the scheming ladyservant of the queen; and Ariadna Gil as 'la gran actriz' María de Castro, Alatriste's luscious love interest. They form the heart of the film from the perspective of personal relationships. In none of their hearts love for each other is the only ingredient by any means, and negotiating their twists and turns can be as dangerous as avoiding sharp and pointy steel objects in the street. In fact, they don't stay sheathed indoors all the time either…

The rest of the painting is full of extraordinary nuances and details. And 'painting' is the right word, because none other than one of the greatest masters of the trade ever, Diego Velázquez, has been the visual inspiration for the film, with his grave palette of black and brown colours, a world away from the splendour and shine of previous and later historical films. Spain was wealthy on the outside but poor and rotten on the inside, and his paintings show this, as does the film. The novels mix the imaginary characters hitherto mentioned with real-life figures, and two of the supporting ones are brought to life directly from his canvases. These are Javier Cámara as the Count-Duke of Olivares, the mover and shaker behind the throne, and Juan Echanove as the writer and poet Francisco de Quevedo. The first one is, as can be expected, important to move the political plot forward, and the second might seem peripheral and time-consuming, but his picture and verses are in every school textbook in Spain, so for Spanish people these two play the important role of making Velázquez's paintings move and speak, bringing closer to home the other characters. It's been Pérez-Reverte's aim from the beginning of the saga to use Alatriste's stories to re-educate Spanish people in their own history, too neglected in recent years (see trivia section on this site) and this is a way of seeing what could have happened 400 years ago in the streets one can still walk today. Not for nothing the premiere was planned, old fashion style, in La Gran Vía, in the heart of El Madrid de los Austrias.

This is the first English review of the film ever written (as far as I know), fully one week ahead of the official Spanish release, so it is mostly introductory and I am not going into more details on purpose. Outside Spain, the film will be seen mostly in festivals, with foreign releases happening gradually towards Christmas 2006. Just to say that those who have read the books will find, as it usually happens, many changes among a genuine attempt to be faithful to the spirit of the original material, and that one thing you should avoid doing is seeing it under the shadow of 'The Lord of the Rings', because of Viggo, or under the shine of glossy Hollywood historical recreations full of dizzying light and colour. The scale is much smaller, the atmosphere darker and grittier, and sword master Bob Anderson, who crossed blades with the likes of Errol Flynn (not to mention humming lightsabres and Elvish-lettered weapons), has never been happier teaching people 'a matar, y mucho'.


123 of 158 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Absolutely boring henrikfm
Empanada mental Darth_Aznar
I didn`t like it! Lady_Nathalie
Foreign distribution updates - Russia now, London 8 June rogornmoradan
Buen Libro mala Pelicula Emarzall
More films on spanish history frants-s

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?