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The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 13 March 1998 (USA)
The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother whom he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

Director:

Randall Wallace

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novels), Randall Wallace (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... King Louis / Phillippe
Jeremy Irons ... Aramis
John Malkovich ... Athos
Gérard Depardieu ... Porthos (as Gerard Depardieu)
Gabriel Byrne ... D'Artagnan
Anne Parillaud ... Queen Anne
Judith Godrèche ... Christine (as Judith Godreche)
Edward Atterton ... Lieutenant Andre
Peter Sarsgaard ... Raoul
Hugh Laurie ... King's Advisor
David Lowe ... King's Advisor
Brigitte Boucher ... Madame Rotund
Matthew Jocelyn Matthew Jocelyn ... Assassin
Karine Belly Karine Belly ... Wench
Emmanuel Guttierez Emmanuel Guttierez ... King's Friend
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Storyline

Paris is starving, but the King of France is more interested in money and bedding women. When a young soldier dies for the sake of a shag, Aramis, Athos and Porthos band together with a plan to replace the king. Unknown to many, there is a 2nd king, a twin, hidden at birth, then imprisoned for 6 years behind an iron mask. All that remains now is D'Artagnan, will he stand against his long time friends, or do what is best for his country? Written by Leonardo DiCaprio

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For the honor of a king. And the destiny of a country. All for one.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gérard Depardieu, Anne Parillaud and Judith Godrèche dubbed themselves in the french version. See more »

Goofs

Though Louis XIV is in his twenties in the film, there is a bronze statue of him on a horse that was sculpted when he was much older. The statue now stands in the courtyard of Versailles. See more »

Quotes

Louis: Of all the wonders I have seen, I've never looked upon anything as beautiful as you.
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Alternate Versions

When Philippe is in prison and Aramis comes disguised as a hugely fat friar to hear his confession and offer mass, Philippe kneels down and makes the sign of the cross. When the movie was released on VHS, Philippe's making the sign of the cross was left out. See more »

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Featured in The Man in the Iron Mask: Director's Take (2010) See more »

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you can watch this over and over again
29 May 2004 | by musicalfanSee all my reviews

The only problem with this movie that the plot is a bit implausible, but nevertheless, everything was great. I must say that I've seen this movie more times than any movie in the world and i still say it's great. It has a star-studded cast, and all of them did an excellent acting job (DiCaprio, Byrne, Malkovich, Depardieu and Irons). This is a perfect ensemble cast, it's as if the roles were written for the actors. The acting was just well done. The events are exciting and sometimes heart-wrenching, the music is great, and the dialogue is truly, truly exceptional. Trust me, after watching this movie at least 18 times, I've realized that the dialogue is just superb. I very much recommend the movie, however, the story is very, very far from the original book by Alexander Dumas.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,271,450, 15 March 1998

Gross USA:

$56,968,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,968,902
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Company Credits

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United Artists See more »
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DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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