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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.

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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:

El hombre en la mascara de hierro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The French Vaux-le-Vicomte chateau of the real-life Nicolas Fouquet (Patrick McGoohan) was used for the grand ball finale sequence. See more »

Goofs

At about 35:50 min, when Colbert is at the tailor's to check the dress for the king, in the moment when the dress is brought into the room, you can see an electrical switch near the door frame as well as a cable running along the frame. See more »

Quotes

Phillipe: What are you?
Fouquet: A Minister.
Phillipe: Not of the Church, I'll be bound.
Fouquet: Perhaps I missed my vocation.
Phillipe: The Church should thank God.
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Version of The Man in the Iron Mask (1985) See more »

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"What price a crown?"
24 April 2007 | by bygardSee all my reviews

While watching this film it's hard at times to remember this was only meant to be a TV production. This must be the most lavish and successful television movie made in the 70's that I have seen. I saw it first time as a child and was much fascinated. Now almost two decades later I still love to see it again on DVD. Here Alexandre Dumas' classic story has received an equally classic adaption.

Richard Chamberlain in the double role of the royal twin brothers has often been compared favorable to Errol Flynn and I quite agree. It's not just the mustache but the swashbuckling and charisma also, not forgetting that he is a truly fine actor. Here it shows especially well because the whole cast is absolutely loaded with talent and presence; Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, Louis Jourdan, Jenny Agutter and one of my favorite British actors, Patrick McGoohan as the most sinister minister. Mike Newell's directing combined with obviously a very healthy budget, handsome shooting and locations has worked wonders. The film does not only look wonderful, it also have a wonderful feeling in it. As a piece of classic romantic adventure stories in film from the last three decades I consider this one of the best.


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