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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

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

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Release Date:

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

The character D'Artagnan also appears in the play Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), which has also been filmed with Gérard Depardieu. See more »

Goofs

It's been pointed out that, since the twin brothers were not really fathered by Louis XIII, neither would have a claim to the throne and Louis would not be king to begin with. However, since the origins of the twins' birth was clearly unknown to any (excepting the real parents) in the film, including the twins themselves, this is highly irrelevant. See more »

Quotes

Athos: It has everything to do with it. The king is a dog. A dog and a coward.
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Referenced in Hvezdná párty: Episode #1.6 (2016) See more »

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Utterly putrid
16 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

I almost don't know where to start in criticizing this film. Nearly everything about it--I am not exaggerating--is utterly terrible.

DiCaprio, for example, offers one of the finest examples of miscasting I have ever seen. Not for one instant does he come across as a monarch, let alone Louis XIV, one of the most adamant believers in the divine right of kings who ever lived. He has literally *no* royal presence. DiCaprio not only looks far too young (he looks like a boy who would still be at the girls are "icky" stage of life, not seducing everyone at court), he makes no attempt to speak like anything but a young, modern American male--at one point, his Louis actually finishes a sentence with "huh?"

But perhaps I should not assume that DiCaprio slipped that in on his own. Given the bargain-basement level of the rest of the dialogue, I can easily believe that writer-director Randall Wallace penned that "huh" himself. Top-notch actors like Jeremy Irons, Gabriel Byrne and John Malkovich must have been choking on their lines; Malkovich's flat performance does make it seem like he was bored out of his mind. I can only hope that the French members of the cast, including Gerard Depardieu, didn't realize just how bad their dialogue was.

My personal favorite was Byrne's statement to Queen Anne (Anne Parillaud): "I know that to love you is a crime against France, but not to love you is crime against my heart." I literally rolled off my chair laughing. That isn't even historically accurate: at that point, the Queen was a widow and no one would have cared a whit if she was sleeping with everyone in the court.

Such overblown statements and actions are rampant throughout the film. Rioting peasants toss an apple at D'Artagnan; he not only slices it with his sword, he catches it on the blade and deftly takes a bite. The scene is so ludicrously melodramatic, it must be seen to be believed.

My list of possible complaints is endless, but to wrap up with just a few: the cast members' accents are all over the place, the music overwrought and the entire film far too long. I sincerely advise all readers to avoid this movie, unless you're teaching a class on how not to make a film.


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