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The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 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?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... King Louis / Phillippe
... Aramis
... Athos
... Porthos (as Gerard Depardieu)
... D'Artagnan
... Queen Anne
... Christine (as Judith Godreche)
... Lieutenant Andre
... Raoul
... King's Advisor
... King's Advisor
... Madame Rotund
Matthew Jocelyn ... Assassin
Karine Belly ... Wench
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.

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Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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13 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de la máscara de hierro  »

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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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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

Lt. Andre: All my life, all I ever wanted to be was him.
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References Caligula (1979) See more »

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you can watch this over and over again
29 May 2004 | by See 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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