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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

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 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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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man in the Iron Mask See more »

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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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Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alexandre Dumas, the author of the book for which this is based, adapted his novel on a historical account of a mysterious prisoner in the Bastille who was forced to wear a leather mask on special occasions for the two years between his imprisonment and subsequent death. The idea that he was a royal lookalike comes from a jest made by the historian Voltaire in the mid 18th century, about 70 years after the historical events. See more »

Goofs

After rescuing Philippe, when Porthos and Aramis are sitting on the wall talking, Porthos' hat brim is up on both sides, when Aramis walks away and a bird drops a "gift" on Pothos' hat, one side of the brim is now down. See more »

Quotes

Phillippe: I've worn that mask so long I don't feel safe without it.
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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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Version of Vingt ans après (1922) See more »

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Leonard DiCaprio shines playing a double role along with the formidable musketeers
27 February 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture is a new version of Alexandre Dumas novel and is set in 17th century French court , where two twins , one evil monarch , Louis XIV (DiCaprio) of France , and the other , Phillippe , (DiCaprio in a dual role) is imprisoned in the Bastilla as an incarcerated inmate , number 6943800 , that hides his identity wearing an iron mask . Both of whom are sons of the Queen Mother Anne (Anne Parillaud) . The King falls for a beautiful girl (Judith Godreche) and while Athos (Peter Sarsgaard) leads to the summit of the dreary musketeers , thus : the brave Dartagnan (Gabriel Byrne) ; the responsible father Athos (John Malkovich) ; the joker (though with flatulence) Portos(Gerard Depardieu) and the Priest Aramis (Jeremy Irons). They join forces for the royal vengeance with the shout : ¨One for all and all for one¨ . They are planning a twisted plot , involving substitution of the villain King by his lookalike brother.

It's a good adaptation with big budget , a moving rendition of the classic tale with derring-do , intrigue , romance , action and exciting swordplay . An excellent casting and lavish production shot in France make for a fairly amusement swashbuckler . Glimmer and watchable cinematography by Peter Suschizsky who reflects stunningly French palaces (Versalles), gardens and interior-exterior scenarios . Besides , the atmospheric and spectacular music score by Nick Glennie Smith . ¨Three Musketeers¨ remade numerous times for big screen and television . Thus : 1929 silent retelling by Alan Dawn with Douglas Fairbanks , 1939 by James Whale with Louis Hayward , 1977 TV rendition with Richard Chamberlain . The film is well realized by usual screenwriter (Braveheart) and first-time director Randal Wallace . The motion picture will appeal to costume drama enthusiastic and DiCaprio fans.


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