France, 1625: Young d'Artagnan heads to Paris to join the Musketeers but the evil cardinal has disbanded them - save 3. He meets the 3, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, and joins them on their quest to save the king and country.
The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos (Kiefer Sutherland), Porthos (Oliver Platt), and Aramis (Charlie Sheen) - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell), to stop Cardinal Richelieu's (Tim Curry's) evil plot: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Countess D'Winter (Rebecca De Mornay). Rochefort (Michael Wincott), the Cardinal's right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King's Musketeers. Three, however, refuse to throw down their swords - Athos, the fighter and drinker, Porthos, the pirate and lover, and Aramis, the priest and poet. Arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, D'Artagnan uncovers the Cardinal's plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King Louis (Hugh O'Conor) and France.Written by
D'Artagnan (Chris O'Donnell) is saved from beheading by the Musketeers, who disguise themselves as a Priest and headsman. While this scene is not to be found in the original novel, "The Three Musketeers", there is a similar scene in the sequel, "Twenty Years After", in which the four Musketeers attempt to save England's King Charles I by disguising themselves as men working on the execution scaffold. See more »
In final fight scene, modern track lighting can be seen on the castle ceilings. See more »
Two scenes were cut from the German cinema version to secure a "Not under 12" rating (The murder of the prisoner is cut completely (ca. 13 seconds) and the death of the bald headed man in the prison at the end is shortened (ca. 6 seconds).) Second DVD release is uncut ("Not under 16") and bears the note "Uncut version" on the sleeve. See more »
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Performed by René Clemencic (as Rene Clemencic) & the Clemencic Consort
Recorded by Harmonia Mundi France
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi USA, Inc. See more »
I really like it!
I have read the book, which is very good, and I have seen the Gene Kelly version and the 1973 film which I think are both better. At least this adaptation kept me entertained. The sword fights were clumsy, but energetic. Chris O'Donnell was a bit weak as the protagonist known as D'Artagnan. The king and Queen were a bit young, but at least they can act, particularly the lovely Gabrielle Anwar. Now for the pros. Great music by Michael Kamen, and Tim Curry's (one of the better actors in the film) Cardinal Richelieu is very slimy. It's not his best performance,he overdid the character at times, but I was entertained by one of my favourite actors, as he had some good lines like "Austria's loss is France's gain ". Kiefer Sutherland was good too, and Michael Wincott was also impressive. Charlie Sheen likewise, but Oliver Platt had some truly funny lines, and delivered them with zany zest. The film itself looks beautiful, with nice locations, cinematography and costumes, and I liked Rebecca DeMornay as Milady. The only problem I had with Milady was the way she died, completely unfaithful to the book. Entertaining film, but I don't know what Alexandre Dumas would make of it though. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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