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Musketeer Movies

There are over 65 Musketeer movies in the Internet Movie Database.

Family Safe means, generally, a G or a PG rating of content, although many of these movies were produced before the ranking system was in place.

The Three Musketeers, 1973

The classic version directed by Richard Lester, staring Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Christopher Lee and Charlton Heston. The producers filmed so much they released it as two movies: "The Three Musketeers", and "The Four Musketeers". These two movies actually show the Musketeers earning their pay as soldiers during the siege of La Rochelle.

Screen Play by George MacDonald Frazer who wrote the Flashman novels.

Great Line: Porthos: "May one delicately ask the cause in which we are expected to die?"
Aramis: "When you go on a campaign, does the King give his reasons? He says Porthos fight, and you fight."
Porthos: "I do, I do."
Aramis: "Then let's go and be killed where we're told to. Is life worth so many questions?"

The Four Musketeers, 1974

The sequel to the 1973 "Three Musketeers", it was filmed at the same time. In the beginning there is a great scene of the Huguenot firing squad trying to execute Rochefort using matchlock muskets - Musketeering at its worst!
Great Line: "Only Porthos could invent a new way of disarming himself".
Mistakes: Athos threatens Milady with a wheel lock pistol that has not been spanned or cocked, and Milady can't tell that it's not ready for firing. Milady also attempts to murder Buckingham with a cap lock pistol that could not be earlier that 1840.

Return of the Musketeers, 1989

Directed by Richard Lester, it's still a sequel to the 1973 and 1974 movies and uses most of the same cast and crew. Kim Catrall as Milady's daughter.

At Sword's Point, 1952

Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara, Alan Hale, Jr.
Girl wants to become a Musketeer. Not the normal Musketeer story. Yes, the Skipper was once a Musketeer - Porthos.
Family Safe. You might only be able to watch this one three times.

The Lady in the Iron Mask, 1952

A new version of 'The Man in the Iron Mask'. This is currently unavailable, so I haven't actually seen it.
Alan Hale, Jr plays Porthos for the second time.

The Fifth Musketeer, 1979

Also known as "Behind the Iron Mask". Sylvia Kristel, Beau Bridges, Ursula Andress, Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale Jr, Jose Ferrer, Rex Harrison.
The Skipper plays Porthos for the third time!
La Fille de d'Artagnan, 1994 (French) (Revenge of the Musketeers)

Literal title: "The Daughter of d'Artagnan". d'Artagnan's daughter drags out retired Musketeers to avenge the murder of her Mother Superior and expose a conspiracy.
Some nudity, dead nuns.
French language, English subtitles.

The Three Musketeers, 1993

Tim Curry, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Oliver Platt and Rebecca De Mornay.
A good variation on the Three Musketeers.
Great Line: "It's Porthos the pirate!"
Great Line: "With a flick of my wrist I can change your religion"
Great Line: "I love my work!"
Some female nudity.

The Man In The Iron Mask, 1976

ITV (British TV) production. Starring Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jordon, Jenny Agutter, Ian Holm, Sir Ralph Richardson Family Safe

The Man In The Iron Mask

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu.

La Femme Musketeer, 2004 (English)

Nastassja Kinski, Michael York, John Rhys-Davies and Gerard Depardieu.
Good writing except for the many mistakes, good cast. D'Artagnan's daughter runs off to be a Musketeer, dueling with the children of Porthos, Athos and Aramis...meanwhile the original four have become traveling performers. This actually works. Really.

The geography stinks as the writers think that a person traveling from Gascony in the south west of France to Paris would meet someone traveling from England to Paris.
The Musketeers actually ride off to war, but don't take Muskets. The Cardinal’s Guards wear shiny vinyl uniforms and use 19th century cap lock pistols. The Musketeers actually use three (count them) matchlock muskets, but they don't have match, no smoke appears and the sounds are from bolt action rifles. :-(

It's amazing how many movies have people practicing sword play with sharp weapons.
As far as I can tell, this is an English movie. The only things French in the movie are the title and the actor portraying the Italian, Mazarin. All the Musketeers speak with English accents; the Italian has a French accent.
English Language, No subtitles
Family Safe.

The Three Musketeers (Walt Disney)

Blurb: All For Fun And Fun For All. Stars: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
Rated G
Family Safe but I could not watch the whole thing.



16th, 17th Century and Swashbuckler Movies

Shakespeare in Love, 1998

Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Judy Dench...

No Musketeers, but one of the best movies ever made. You need to know "Romeo and Juliet" to catch many of the jokes. There isn't a great deal of sword play, but what there is, is excellent.
Great Lines: Countless.
Slight nudity, some bedroom scenes, references to female anatomy.

Romeo and Juliet, 1968

Olivia Hussey, Michael York. Possibly the best "Romeo and Juliet". Romeo and Juliet is before the Musketeer period, but there is plenty of sword play and it was written in the Musket time frame. This is the one to watch before "Shakespeare In Love".
Great Lines: Too many too count.
Slight nudity, bedroom scenes.

Romeo & Juliet, 1994

Geraldine Somerville, Jonathan Firth, Jenny Agutter
Thames Television version.

Scaramouch, 1952

Stewart Granger, Elanor Parker, Janet Leigh and Mel Ferrer. The famous Rafael Sabatini novel set in the French Revolution. It's not actually in the Musketeer period, but it is too good to ignore. Fair amount of sword play and a fencing lesson. This movie is excellent.
Family Safe.

Cromwell, 1970

A rather one-sided (biased) version of the English Civil War. Gunners may like the nice shot of a cannon being mounted on a carriage. It's not as inaccurate as Hollywood usually makes them...
Fairly Family Safe, if you don't mind Cromwell smashing up a church. But you won't want to see it four times.

To Kill A King, 2003

The DVD I am reviewing is region 2 PAL/UK. It is supposed to be available in region 1 NTSC/USA (and Canada & Japan). The dispute between Lord Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell over the trial and execution of King Charles.

The text at the end is under the impression that Cromwell created a great republic, however the writers do recognize that Robespierre was his political heir...

No fighting, short bedroom scenes.

The King's Thief, 1955

Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven, George Sanders, Roger Moore. They are not really Musketeers, but it's 17th century, Hollywood style.
Family Safe.

Sharpe's Rifles

British TV series set the Spanish campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. Thirteen two hour episodes. Very Good.
Slight female nudity, bad language.
Not really for children.

La Reine Margot, 1994 (French) (Queen Margot)

Another Alexandre Dumas novel, this time in 1572 and Massacre of St. Bartholomew. This is a real movie, not an adult feature. Some sex and nudity, lots of violence and dead animals. Queen Margot's mother is Catherine de Medici.
French Language, English subtitles.
Not for children!

The Last Valley, 1970

Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Brian Blessed.

During the Thirty Years War, a band of mercenaries occupy an isolated German valley for the winter. For soldiers in this period, they have a shocking lack of firearms.

Cyrano de Bergerac, 1950

Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers.
Famous swordsman woos Roxanne.

Cyrano de Bergerac, 1990 (French)

Gerard Depardieu, Anne Borchet.
Famous swordsman helps his friend woo Roxanne.
French language, English subtitles.

  Le Bossu, 1997 (French) (On Guard)

Literal title: The Hunchback

Lagardère, a robber turned bodyguard vows to avenge his employer's murder on his wedding day and protect the man's infant son. Legardère hides the child for 16 years until fate forces him to avenge the murder and restore the child's inheritance.
Slight male frontal nudity and a female breast.
French language, English subtitles, which you must manually activate on the DVD version.
Well written.

By The Sword Divided, 1983

A two season BBC TV series set in the English Civil War. Ten episodes per season.
Family Safe
Only available in Region 2/PAL DVDs and PAL VHS tapes. You require a multiregional VCR or DVD player to view this, or you may be able to play this on your computer if you have a DVD drive.
The technical advisor was the founder of the Sealed Knot.
Well written.

  Conqueror Worm, 1968

Horror Movie
Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy
Fictional account of Mathew Hopkins, self styled 'Witch Finder General'. Hopkins hunted 'witches' during the English Civil War. Hopkins profited from this activity by keeping the accused possessions.
Vintage movie torture scenes seem tame by today's standards.

  Elizabeth, 1998

Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston
Early life of Elizabeth I.
Family Safe

  Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007

Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen
The story of Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Sir Walter Raleigh. Sequel to Elizabeth (1998)
Family Safe

  Elizabeth R, 1971

Glenda Jackson
Acclaimed miniseries.

Alatriste, 2006

Spanish language, English subtitles.
An attempt to turn seven Alatriste novels into one movie. They would have been much better off doing one of the novels. Captain Alatriste is a sometimes employed Spanish soldier.
Weapons use seems to be much more accurate than most movies.
This is a very dark movie.




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