The Three Musketeers

Overview

Richard Lester's adaptation of The Three Musketeers was only the latest of many when released in 1974, but it arrived with a spirit all its own, one influenced as much by Lester's '60s work as the Alexandre Dumas classic. Even so, it followed the plot of Dumas' novel fairly closely, its liberties in interpretation taken elsewhere. Coming off the success of Cabaret, Michael York plays D'Artagnan, the provincial, would-be swashbuckler who travels to Paris to make his name. There he encounters the eponymous heroes: ...
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Overview

Richard Lester's adaptation of The Three Musketeers was only the latest of many when released in 1974, but it arrived with a spirit all its own, one influenced as much by Lester's '60s work as the Alexandre Dumas classic. Even so, it followed the plot of Dumas' novel fairly closely, its liberties in interpretation taken elsewhere. Coming off the success of Cabaret, Michael York plays D'Artagnan, the provincial, would-be swashbuckler who travels to Paris to make his name. There he encounters the eponymous heroes: cynical Athos (Oliver Reed), dashing Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), and arrogant Porthos (Frank Finlay). The trio introduces him to the world of court intrigue as they work to protect the Queen (Geraldine Chaplin) from the schemes of the villainous Richelieu (Charlton Heston) and his followers, Rochefort (Christopher Lee) and Milady (Faye Dunaway). Lester shot the film in conjunction with its sequel, The Four Musketeers. Originally intended as a single film, the split prompted a lawsuit from the cast demanding payment for both films. ~ Keith Phipps
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It might have seemed unlikely at the time, but in The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, Richard Lester found one of the best outlets for his unique sensibility. All the swashbuckling presented endless opportunities to indulge his love of slapstick set pieces, but, just as importantly, the schemes and double crosses of the plot opened the door for an abundance of jaded political commentary. The musketeers find themselves fighting against the malevolent selfishness of Charlton Heston to a far greater degree than they fight for the more or less benign selfishness of Geraldine Chaplin, presented throughout as vain, childish, and generally unworthy of the loyalty shown her. What matters far more is the camaraderie of the musketeers themselves, the bond between a handful of friends far more worthwhile than any ideology, a theme emphasized even more heavily in the sequel. Only poorly implemented post-sync dialogue undermines the project, occasionally negating the performances of a perfectly cast ensemble.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2003
  • UPC: 013131159738
  • Original Release: 1973
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oliver Reed Athos
Charlton Heston Cardinal Richelieu
Raquel Welch Constance
Faye Dunaway Milady
Richard Chamberlain Aramis
Frank Finlay Porthos
Michael York D'Artagnan
Christopher Lee Rochefort
Joss Ackland D'Artagnan's Father
Ben Aris 1st Musketeer
Rodney Bewes Richelieu's Spy
Honor Blackman
Nicole Calfan Kitty
Jean-Pierre Cassel Louis XIII
Geraldine Chaplin Anne
Sybil Danning Eugenie
Francis de Wolff Captain
Gretchen Franklin D'Artagnan's Mother
Michael Gothard Felton
William Hobbs Swordsman
Roy Kinnear Planchet
Spike Milligan Monsieur Bonacieux
Angel del Pozo Jussac
Simon Ward Buckingham
Georges Wilson Treville
Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Michael Alexander Producer
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Eatwell Production Designer
George MacDonald Fraser Screenwriter
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Alexander Salkind Producer
Ilya Salkind Producer
John Victor Smith Editor
Pierre Spengler Producer
Ron Talsky Costumes/Costume Designer
David Watkin Cinematographer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    An All-Time Favorite

    Good direction, fine acting from a great cast and very faithful to the book. These movies together tell the funny, exciting and ultimately tragic tale in all it's varied splendor. A great cinematic rendering of a classic book. Obviously one of my all time favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Best Adaptation of Dumas' Masterpiece

    These two films are my favorites of all time. I think the movie was brilliantly filmed and cast. It is by far the closest to the Dumas book, with costumes, backdrops and music that are historically accurate for the period.

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