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The Three Musketeers (1973)

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Athos
Raquel Welch ... Constance de Bonacieux
Richard Chamberlain ... Aramis
Michael York ... D'Artagnan
Frank Finlay ... Porthos / O'Reilly
Christopher Lee ... Rochefort
Geraldine Chaplin ... Queen Anna
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... King Louis XIII (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
Spike Milligan ... M. Bonacieux
Roy Kinnear ... Planchet
Georges Wilson ... Treville
Simon Ward ... Duke of Buckingham
Faye Dunaway ... Milady
Charlton Heston ... Cardinal Richelieu
Joss Ackland ... D'Artagnan's Father
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Storyline

The young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a King's Musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos (Oliver Reed), Porthos (Frank Finlay), and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are Musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston), who wishes to increase his already considerable power over King Louis XIII (Jean-Pierre Cassel). D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux (Raquel Welch) and the passionate Lady De Winter (Faye Dunaway), a secret agent for the Cardinal. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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. . . One for All and All for Fun!

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Spain | Panama | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,018,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the director was to be Tony Richardson, but he was discarded after he said that the entire movie should take place in a convent. See more »

Goofs

As the Musketeers race on horseback to Calais to deliver a note from the Queen to Buckingham, the countryside is not of northern France, but arid portions of southern Spain. See more »

Quotes

Athos: You will find, young man, that the future looks rosiest through the bottom of a glass.
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A must see for Dumas fans!
15 October 2002 | by piaffe417See all my reviews

I must admit that I was a fan of the Disney-fied version of "The Three Musketeers" in my misspent youth. The first time I saw it, I was a wide-eyed 12-year-old who thought that Kiefer Sutherland's Athos was IT as far as the character was concerned - that is, until I stumbled across this version of the much-done movie on cable last year. It was then that I watched Oliver Reed breathe a whole new life into the character of Athos with the help of a magnificent supporting cast. I have to say, I never fell off the couch laughing at the Disney version the way I did during the scene at the inn where Porthos and Aramis are attempting to pull Athos out of the well. Moreover, I never felt as though I understood the characters very well until I watched Lester's interpretation and compared it with the text of Dumas. He could not have chosen a finer cast of actors for his movie - Reed is superb as the quiet, thoughtful leader, Finlay is outlandish as Porthos, Chamberlain brings a flair to Aramis, and York seems completely immersed in D'Artangan. Yet great casting aside, the movie would be nothing if Lester had not incorporated the reality of life at court during the Musketeers' time period - the laziness and sheer excess (dogs as chess pieces on the palace lawn, wine fountains, and palace games). The fight scenes are also to be commended. They are not the overly-choreographed dances of Disney's "The Three Musketeers," but rather have a harsh reality to them. (Reed's fighting style is particularly all-out - he uses his entire body as a weapon.) In short, this movie has completely replaced the Disney version for me - as has its "sequel," "The Four Musketeers" (a must-see if you want to get the whole story and watch Porthos find "a new way to disarm himself").


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