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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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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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

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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 twelfth movie version of Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later", according to allmovie.com. 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

Phillipe: Did you know my father well, D'Artagnan?
D'Artagnan: Enough to love him ever.
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Connections

Version of The Iron Mask (1929) See more »

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New version of the Dumas's novel with a handsome Richard Chamberlain in a dual role
12 March 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an epic retelling about the durable Alexandre Dumas's novel and is set in 17th century French court where appears two twins brothers (Richard Chamberlain playing a double role) , separated at birth , one nasty become in Louis XIV of France married to Mª Teresa of Spain (Vivien Merchant) and the other Phillippe who is unjustly imprisoned in the Bastilla . Both of whom are sons of the Queen mother , Anna of Austria (Brenda Bruce) . Later on , Phillippe is jailed in an island and hidden his identity wearing an iron mask but his existence threatens the reigning . But D'Artagnan (Louis Jourdan) and the Prime Minister named Colbert (Ralph Richardson) scheme a plan to free Phillippe clashing against a malicious Fouquet (Patrick McGooham) , the Louis XIV's favorite.

It's an excellent rendition from the immortal novel with quite budget , though is made for television . The picture contains rousing action , intrigue , exciting swordplay , romantic adventure , mayhem and results to be pretty entertaining . Marvelous casting with a magnificent Richard Chamberlain as a suffering inmate turning valiant swashbuckler and a selfish King . He gives a charming acting and manages to use his fists , swords and to do some acrobatics . Exceptional cinematography by the classic cameraman Freddie Young who has a distinguished and long career crowned with three Oscars for David Lean's films . Spectacular and evocative musical score by Allyn Ferguson . Lush production design by John Stoll is well reflected on the luxurious interiors and exteriors filmed in England and French palaces (Fointeneblau , Versalles , among others) . The motion picture was well realized by Mike Newell .

This classy story is previous and subsequently remade in several versions , firstly is shot with Douglas Fairbanks (mute rendition , 1929) and the first sound (1939) retelling was made by James Whale with Louis Hayward and Joan Bennet . A French adaptation (1962) by Henry Decoin with Jean Marais , Jean Rochefort , Claudina Auger , Sylva Koscina . A 1998 recounting by William Richert with Edward Albert , Dana Barron , Timothy Bottoms , Meg Foster , James Gammon . And finally in 1998 , the most recent and lavish adaptation of the classic story by Randall Wallace with Leonardo DiCaprio , Jeremy Irons , Gerard Depardieu , John Malkovich . This is the better adaptation for TV of the classy and will appeal to the costume genre fans


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