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The Three Musketeers (1973)

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (novel)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Athos
Raquel Welch ... Constance de Bonacieux
Richard Chamberlain ... Aramis
Michael York ... D'Artagnan
Frank Finlay ... Porthos / O'Reilly
Christopher Lee ... Rochefort
Geraldine Chaplin ... Queen Anna
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... King Louis XIII (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
Spike Milligan ... M. Bonacieux
Roy Kinnear ... Planchet
Georges Wilson ... Treville
Simon Ward ... Duke of Buckingham
Faye Dunaway ... Milady
Charlton Heston ... Cardinal Richelieu
Joss Ackland ... D'Artagnan's Father
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Storyline

The young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a King's Musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos (Oliver Reed), Porthos (Frank Finlay), and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are Musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston), who wishes to increase his already considerable power over King Louis XIII (Jean-Pierre Cassel). D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux (Raquel Welch) and the passionate Lady De Winter (Faye Dunaway), a secret agent for the Cardinal. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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. . . One for All and All for Fun!

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Spain | Panama | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,018,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joss Ackland (D'Artagnan's Father) played D'Artagnan in The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967). See more »

Goofs

Richlieu refers to Buckingham as the Prime Minister of England. However, the title was not adopted until the early 1700s, and even then was an unofficial name for the First Lord of the Treasury. It was not until 1937 that it was enshrined in law as the title of the Head of Government. Although Buckingham was undoubtedly one of the most powerful members of the English Court, he had no formal position as such, as there was no equivalent of a Prime Minister: the King himself was regarded as the Head of Government as well as Head of State. See more »

Quotes

Bonacieux: I think you'll like it here, Monsieur. For only two francs a day, this chamber, most s'enormous and scrupulously clean, as you can observe. The slop is emptied every second day, hey! And laundry done at a modest fee. Aha! Your rascal can sleep out there and when Monsieur beats him for insolence, the screams will scarce be heard. Oh, no, Monsieur, they don't fall off trees, chambers like these In Paris.
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Could give Errol Flynn a run for his money!
16 August 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

Let me begin by expressing how refreshing it feels to watch a series of action scenes without wretched shaky cam! After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy and the new Ninja Turtles movies at the cinema recently, I had almost forgotten what it was like to have a comprehensible fight sequence.

This 1973 version of The Three Musketeers is the best version of the story I have ever seen, even better than the over-praised Gene Kelly adaptation. It's athletic, earthy, and light-hearted, paired with one of the most perfect casts ever brought together for a movie and Michel Legrand's amazing score which proves adventurous and heart-achingly romantic in equal turns.

If you love action and comedy, then I cannot recommend this enough. I never wanted it to end and cannot wait to watch the sequel.


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