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On Guard (1997)

Le bossu (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama, Adventure | 20 March 1998 (USA)
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The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's ... See full summary »

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Philippe de Broca
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Lagardère / Le bossu
Fabrice Luchini ... Gonzague
Vincent Perez ... Duc de Nevers
Marie Gillain ... Aurore
Yann Collette Yann Collette ... Peyrolles
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Cocardasse
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Passepoil
Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson ... Esope
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ... Blanche
Philippe Noiret ... Philippe d'Orléans
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... Caylus (as Jacques Sereys Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Renato Scarpa ... Paolo
Ludovica Tinghi Ludovica Tinghi ... Ornella
James Thierrée James Thierrée ... Marcello (as James Thiérrée)
Sacha Bourdo ... Giuseppe
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Storyline

The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's bastard, recently born. When the Duke learns of his child, he journeys to wed the mother, a baron's daughter, in her father's isolated chateau. The occupants of the castle are surprised and murdered by the Count and his men. The only ones to escape are the Duke's friend, the skilled swordsman Lagardère, and the infant, a girl, now the rightful heiress to the Duke's vast fortune. The Count believes the pair to have drowned, when in fact they have been concealed by a travelling troupe of Italian players. Twenty years pass. The Count has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain. But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Count, and employment as his bookkeeper, through his clever disguise as a hunch-back... Written by David Carless

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Taglines:

Si tu ne viens pas à Lagardère, Lagardère ira à toi!

Genres:

Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En guardia! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,158, 22 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,750, 9 February 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When the Duc dubs Lagardère, the sword he draws and uses is a fencing foil, complete with guarded tip, rather than the rapier he uses in a later scene. See more »

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Version of Le bossu (1944) See more »

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LE BOSSU (Philippe De Broca, 1997) ***
2 September 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

De Broca, who had made the marvelous swashbuckler CARTOUCHE (1962), returns to the genre after 35 years with this unexpectedly old-fashioned and highly entertaining romp.

Daniel Auteil is the unlikely hero, who is also called on to show his versatility as an actor by dressing up as the titular character. He's supported by a good cast: Vincent Perez as a womanizing aristocrat, Fabrice Luchini as a somewhat reticent villain and Philippe Noiret as a Regent; lovely Marie Gillain is Auteil's improbable love interest (she was raised by him after being saved from death's clutches).

The film's theatrical milieu brings forth obvious comparisons with SCARAMOUCHE (1952) but the sumptuous décor, Philippe Sarde's rousing score and a plot-packed narrative keep one watching. In fact, it was so well-received at the time of its release as to be nominated for several international film awards!

De Broca is a distinguished French film-maker but, unfortunately, very little of his early work is available for reassessment; I've only watched 5 myself (including this one) and all proved to be well worth watching.


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