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On Guard (1997)

Le bossu (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Adventure | 20 March 1998 (USA)
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The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe de Broca
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Lagardère / Le bossu
Fabrice Luchini ... Gonzague
Vincent Perez ... Duc de Nevers
Marie Gillain ... Aurore
Yann Collette Yann Collette ... Peyrolles
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Cocardasse
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Passepoil
Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson ... Esope
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... Blanche
Philippe Noiret ... Philippe d'Orléans
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... Caylus (as Jacques Sereys Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Renato Scarpa ... Paolo
Ludovica Tinghi Ludovica Tinghi ... Ornella
James Thierrée James Thierrée ... Marcello (as James Thiérrée)
Sacha Bourdo ... Giuseppe
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Storyline

The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's bastard, recently born. When the Duke learns of his child, he journeys to wed the mother, a baron's daughter, in her father's isolated chateau. The occupants of the castle are surprised and murdered by the Count and his men. The only ones to escape are the Duke's friend, the skilled swordsman Lagardère, and the infant, a girl, now the rightful heiress to the Duke's vast fortune. The Count believes the pair to have drowned, when in fact they have been concealed by a travelling troupe of Italian players. Twenty years pass. The Count has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain. But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Count, and employment as his bookkeeper, through his clever disguise as a hunch-back... Written by David Carless

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Si tu ne viens pas à Lagardère, Lagardère ira à toi!

Genres:

Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original piece writing was made in 1857. The movie was produced 140 years laters that its original writing. The same time between the related history and the writing. See more »

Goofs

When the Duc dubs Lagardère, the sword he draws and uses is a fencing foil, complete with guarded tip, rather than the rapier he uses in a later scene. See more »

Connections

Version of El jorobado (1943) See more »

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Superb, Fun, Romantic
5 July 2004 | by bob-1075See all my reviews

If you want to escape from the world Le Bossu is a brilliant holiday.

The subtitles are badly done as usual - give us Literal Translations please - we are not idiots!

The story is a great romping swashbuckler that would make Errol Flynn proud. Perez and Autiel are especially good but the man that steals it is Fabrice Lucini - his voice would give anyone a lesson in French and he is very funny and diabolical - he should be a massive star.

This film rollocks along and just shows you don't need complex plots to have a great movie - once again Hollywood scriptwriters - read it and weep... The French and the British are the only ones that can truly do justice to this sort of film.


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Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En guardia! See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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