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The Man in the Iron Mask (1977)

Not Rated | | Adventure, History | TV Movie 17 January 1977
D'Artagnan and his fellow Musketeers plot to replace the ineffectual Louis XIV of France with his secretly imprisoned twin brother Phillipe, who is the firstborn and rightful King.

Director:

Mike Newell

Writers:

William Bast (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Phillipe / Louis
Patrick McGoohan ... Fouquet
Louis Jourdan ... D'Artagnan
Jenny Agutter ... Louise
Ian Holm ... Duval
Ralph Richardson ... Colbert
Vivien Merchant ... Maria Theresa
Brenda Bruce ... Anne of Austria
Esmond Knight ... Armand
Godfrey Quigley ... Baisemeaux
Emrys James Emrys James ... Percerin
Denis Lawson ... Claude
Ann Zelda Ann Zelda ... Henriette (as Anne Zelda)
Hugh Fraser ... Montfleury
Stacy Davies Stacy Davies ... Blacksmith (as Stacy Davis)
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Storyline

The story of Louis XIV of France, and his attempts to keep his identical twin brother Philippe imprisoned away from sight and knowledge of the public, and Philippe's rescue by the aging Musketeers, led by D'Artagnan. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Classic Adventure of Heroism, Betrayal and Triumph.

Genres:

Adventure | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man in the Iron Mask See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The source story is derived from the third part three section of chapters 181-269 in Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later". See more »

Goofs

Phillipe identifies Cardinal Mazarin as his father's first prime minister. Louis XIII had at least one previous prime minister, Cardinal Richelieu. See more »

Quotes

Colbert de Voliere: The King, Fouquet, is dead. Long live the King.
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Connections

Spoofed in Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992) See more »

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Musical Dictator
26 September 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

There seems to be an inferiority complex about this version of THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK but why ? Mike Newall is a competent director and he's assembled a fine cast in something that doesn't resemble a made for television movie . The story itself is based upon a Dumas swashbuckling classic but there's a fly in the ointment that is an obvious giveaway that this version lacks confidence .

What am I talking about ? Why the music of course . Whenever the film wants us to feel something Allyn Ferguson's score dictates how the audience should be feeling . Certainly the score for THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK goes with the visuals but did it need to be so obvious ? It's almost like listening to PETER AND THE WOLF where the music itself is the narrative and I'm not sure if that's a good thing in cinema


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