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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 who 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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:

El hombre de la máscara de hierro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,271,450, 15 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,968,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,968,902
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Company Credits

Production Co:

United Artists See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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

In one of the bedroom scenes, a close-up of Christine clearly shows the machine-stitching on the neckline of her nightgown. See more »

Quotes

Porthos: [a naked Porthos has tried to hang himself but failed] Aramis! You sawed the beam! You knew I would I try to hang myself and you sawed the beam! Admit it. Admit it!
Aramis: Of course I knew! And now that you've got the idea of killing yourself out of your head you can stop boring everyone and be useful for a change. And put some clothes on!
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Alternate Versions

In some television versions, the scene with Porthos in the hay with the three girls is cut, which provides no explanation as to why he's walking around in a loincloth. However, the three girls can still be seen coming around the corner after the barn collapses. See more »

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Much better than I expected!!!
27 December 2000 | by ParagonFreedlySee all my reviews

I was wary... VERY WARY... due to the fact of DiCaprio's role(s).... Anything was better than the book however.... The musketeers were incredibly well-cast, Irons making up for my original hostility for Aramis and Malkovich, Depardieu, and Byrne giving me greater reason to respect these four men of chivalry and honour. Lee D. on the other hand.... well, what can I say? He downplayed both characters, with Philippe is was immensely effective, with LouisXIV a travesty of performing. The mask was perhaps the most attractive bit of metal put together in any movie version. Besides the initial appearance, it looked the most "functional." After I swallowed my Pride and Prejudice I rented it, watched it, thought about it, then bought it. Can I say more? Accurate costuming, GREAT SCRIPT!!! A great movie for a "video-rental night."


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