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The Musketeer (2001)

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Alexander Dumas' novel is updated with an eastern influence as D'Artagnan attempts to join the king's elite guards, the Royal Musketeers, and find the man who killed his parents.


Peter Hyams


Alexandre Dumas (novels) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Gene Quintano (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... The Queen
Mena Suvari ... Francesca Bonacieux
Stephen Rea ... Cardinal Richelieu
Tim Roth ... Febre the Man in Black
Justin Chambers ... D'Artagnan
Bill Treacher ... Bonacieux
Daniel Mesguich ... King Louis XIII
David Schofield ... Rochefort, Richelieu Henchman
Nick Moran ... Aramis
Steve Speirs ... Porthos
Jan-Gregor Kremp Jan-Gregor Kremp ... Athos
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Lord Buckingham
Michael Byrne ... Treville, Head of the Musketeers
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Planchet
Tsilla Chelton ... Madame Lacross


In 17th century Paris, a dashing swordsman named D'Artagnan finds himself at odds with the powerful forces taking over France. He sets out to avenge the murder of his parents and finds his country cleaved by chaos and civil unrest. His heart softens only for Francesca, a fiery peasant girl who claims D'Artagnan's heart on sight. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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As you've never seen it before. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D'Artagnan See more »

Filming Locations:

Midi-Pyrénées, France See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,312,740, 9 September 2001, Wide Release

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film that Director Peter Hyams had directed without his long time editor Steven Kemper, who vowed not to work with the Director after the last few films he had directed which included End of Days and The Relic were too darkly lit and shot causing editorial problems. See more »


Nearly all of the characters have straight and perfect teeth. This would not be possible given that most dentistry of that era consisted of pulling teeth. Additionally, there are several scenes where it is clear that the actors have fillings which wouldn't been available until several centuries later. See more »


Febre the Man in Black: What if I absolutely must kill someone?
Cardinal Richelieu: Well, if you must, you must.
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Version of The Three Musketeers (1970) See more »

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A sinful piece of film-making...
1 March 2002 | by giancarlorocksSee all my reviews

It is imperative to note that before reading the following critical assessment of ‘The Musketeer', I have a personal bias towards Director Peter Hyams. I have never met the man, nor would I bask in his company. Yet I would like to ask him one question. The question would be along the lines of, `Why do you continuously make horrible films?' This Director has made films in the past that have proved to be deplorable, yet he still continues to work in Hollywood. Before a reader mistakes this review for a critical ‘bashing' of this Director, they are not mistaken. Simply watch the horrendous film that fuses Hong Kong style action with 17th century swordplay and one can determine the result without even viewing this film. Peter Hyams has directed Jean Claude Van Damme in ‘Sudden Death' and ‘TimeCop'. He has also directed Arnold Schwarzenneger in ‘End of Days'. In his early work, he made ‘2010' and ‘The Presidio'. These two films were generally regarded as decent films, yet it is clear that his best days are behind him. ‘The Musketeer' proves to be one of the worst films ever.

If I possess hatred towards the man, I do not. I respect all Directors. The role of Director is the most respectable and most difficult task of any of the Cinematic tasks. Yet, what I do not respect is when Directors make no attempt at creating a vivid and intriguing film. Clearly such is the case with the misdirected and ultimately devastatingly boring of films with ‘The Musketeer'. Hyams' latest debacle stars Justin Chambers (The Wedding Planner) as D'Artagnan; a man hell-bent on joining the Musketeers in order to avenge his parents' death. The classic Alexandre Dumas story has been adapted for the screen many times, yet never in a way that crucifies the script for the sake injecting a new style. Director Hyams adds an infusion of Hong Kong style to the swashbuckling scenes in hopes of creating an updated Hollywood-ized Eastern version of the great tale. The result – another failure on Peter Hyam's resume.

Not convinced of this film's ridiculousness? View the first half hour of the film and witness for yourself the most badly lit scenes ever captured on film. In broad daylight sequences revolving around indoor discussions, Hyams (who serves as his own Director of Photography) captures his subjects speaking in shadows and dark profiles that seen completely out of place. Simply put, I could not get past this flaw. By this point, one may have realized the utter wretchedness of the film. I am deeply apologetic because for such a massive production, it is a poor, poor attempt at updating a premise that should be finally left alone.

On another note, I loathe the film and the Director simply because there is no attempt at creating a ‘fun' film. The film's greatest flaw is that it takes itself too seriously. Notice Hyam's direction, the entire film is shot rarely without any moving camera shots or intense close ups. The discerning viewer may count how many times the camera actually swoops and follows the action on screen. Even thought the fight sequences are choreographed in an outlandish style and could have been somewhat entertaining, Hyams simply sets up his cameras from various angles and lets it roll. Unfortunately, the film is a horrible attempt at a fresh and inventive spin on a great tale. One last aspect to be noted – the opening credits. They are completely amateur and moody just like Hyam's lighting. In conclusion, save your time and although the 1993 Disney Version was also horrible, it still was a whole lot more enjoyable to watch than this sinful piece of filmmaking.

Giancarlo's rating: Can you spell G-A-R-B-A-G-E?

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