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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.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novels) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Gene Quintano (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | Luxembourg | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D'Artagnan See more »

Filming Locations:

Midi-Pyrénées, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$27,073,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,585,771
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first and only collaboration between Director Peter Hyams and Composer David Arnold. See more »

Goofs

The final scene takes place at the palace at Versailles which was not around when Louis XIII was king. It was built by Louis XIV. See more »

Quotes

D'Artagnan: This is not what you think.
Francesca bon Ansau: You have no idea what I think.
D'Artagnan: I-I wish to explain.
Francesca bon Ansau: You behave as though you've never seen a naked woman.
D'Artagnan: Never one quite so... naked.
[sighs]
D'Artagnan: Or so, uh, beautiful.
Francesca bon Ansau: You've seen many ugly naked women?
D'Artagnan: That's not what I meant!
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I was deeply interested... ...except sometimes.
18 November 2003 | by JeraldSee all my reviews

The movie opens well and sets the stage for for the rest of the film. This very well may be the best part of the film, so if you walk in on it during the opening credits, it might be wise to abandon it and see it some other time (it's a pre-credits sequence).

The Musketeer has a realistic look and feel to it, which I was very happy to see, even though there are times when a support cable or wire might pop in as an extra. There is even an airplane in one shot (don't worry, it's more than 30,000 feet away). Even though there are multiple "appearances" by support equipment, I was still happy with the overall look and feel. That's rare for me, as I am very detail oriented.

Another strong point of this film was the absence (or near absence) of blood. To be able to tell a story such as this, get the message across well, and have very little blood flow speaks for itself.

The weak point of this film. Yes, there is a weak point, and it's a strong enough weak point to make people wonder if they liked the movie or not. The action sequence editing... ...most notably the fight scenes. I can guess that the fight scene choreography was very good, but that's as close as I can get because I don't think I saw much fighting. It seemed to be mostly implied. I truly believe that the editors took all of the fight scene footage, put it in a food-processor, and made an attempt to splice it together somehow... ...in the dark. Those scenes are hard to follow and really confusing as to what's going on. If they were treated this way to avoid looking too violent, then there is a better way to do that. Some of the shots really resembled "cutting room floor" shots. What I mean by this is there would be a shot of some guys sword fighting, everyone is "anonymous", and it's a close-up of their legs. ???? What's that about? The scenes seemed to constantly hint that something cool just happened but it was something that we didn't see.

Although I liked this movie, I would warn potential viewers of it about the fight-scene editing (As I am attempting to do now), and of the characters getting really lightweight during those same fight scenes. The rest of the film is quite good and I would recommend it to almost anyone.


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