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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.


Mike Newell


William Bast (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (based on the novel by)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Phillipe / Louis
Patrick McGoohan ... Fouquet
Louis Jourdan ... D'Artagnan
Jenny Agutter ... Louise de la Valliere
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)


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.


Adventure | History


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Did You Know?


In the novel, the plot to replace Louis with Phillipe is engineered and executed by the Musketeer Aramis, with some unwitting aid by Porthos. Neither character, nor the third Musketeer Athos, appears in this movie. However, Louis and Phillipe are played in this movie by Richard Chamberlain, who also played Aramis in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974), and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). See more »


When Phillipe gives Louise the rose, he gives it with his left hand and pricks it. Louise then puts her handkerchief on his right hand. In the next scene, it is on his left hand. See more »


King Louis XIV: You find a simple flower more beautiful than our creation?
Louise de la Vallière: Only in that its beauty is natural, not painted on or contrived.
King Louis XIV: There
[shreds her flower to pieces]
King Louis XIV: you see how transitory your natural beauty is.
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Spoofed in Killer Tomatoes Eat France! (1992) See more »

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Compressed Dumas's novel, but fully enjoyable!!!
10 March 2020 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

On my school days I had read some novels from the French creative genius Alexandre Dumas, what a time immersed in those pages, revisiting this fine movie on DVD with the same leading actor of Count of Monte Cristo, Richard Chamberlain on dual role of Phillip and Louis XIV of France, nevertheless who really shines is Patrick McGooran as the greedy Fouquet, embodying the evil character optimally, cold, smirking and manipulative, the angelical beauty of Jenny Agutter as Louise is another high point, adorning the picture, also Louis Jourdan as D'Artagnan who don't stay clear if was one of Three Musketeers, but very possible, shot on several palaces on France provide a natural authenticity to improve the movie, as expect the Dumas's wit the changing of Louis for Phillip is cunning, good portrait of seventeen century, compressed Dumas's novel, but overall an enjoyable picture!!


First watch: 1986 / How many: 3 / Source: TV-DVD / Rating: 7.25

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17 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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