The Three Musketeers (1973) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Michael York, Raquel Welch, Charlton Heston, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, Spike Milligan, Geraldine Chaplin, Frank

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Young D'Artagnan (York) of Gascogne arrives in Paris, after years of training with his father, intending to become one of the king's musketeers. He immediately gets off on the wrong foot with seemingly every man he meets, exacerbated by his father's advice to fight. The first of these is the loathesome Rochefort (Christopher Lee), who becomes his sworn enemy.
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The young bumpkin immediately meets and quarrels with three more men -- Athos (Reed), Porthos (Finlay), and Aramis (Chamberlain) -- each of whom is currently in the service of the king. Each challenges him to a duel. He accepts. At the first scheduled duel, he finds that the three are friends.

D'Artagnan gets them out of a jam with deft swordplay when his pending duel with Athos is challenged by the cardinal's guard, charged with supressing duels. Through talking with his new-found companions, he finds that the cardinal (Heston) is exerting undue influence over the king, which the musketeers do not like.

The adventures of D'Artagnan continue when he is in the thick of a political and sexual intrigue involving his landlord's wife who is also the queen's dressmaker (Welch) and Milady De Winter (Dunaway), an enigmatic spy.

The film was much longer, made in two parts, the latter half of which was distributed as THE FOUR MUSKETEERS.
The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson

THE THREE MUSKETEERS is a British movie based on the Alexandre Dumas novel and was directed by Richard Lester in 1973.

The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris in order to be accepted as a musketeer. He soon becomes a friend of Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three musketeers who pass a lot of time fighting with the guards of the Cardinal Richelieu, the Prime Minister of France.

Richelieu becomes aware that the Queen Anne is cheating on Louis XIII with the prime minister of England, the Duke of Buckingham. He learns that Anne has given the Duke a necklace Louis gave to her. Richelieu asks Milady de Winter to steal the necklace from Buckingham and bring them to him, to make the royal couple fight with each other. Anne sends D'Artagnan to London in order to recover the necklace before the King insists on seeing them.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

This is Andre Dumas' classic literary work of the French Royal guards who must battle the evil Cardinal Richelieu and his henchmen in defense of their beloved Queen Anna and Louis XIII. The Musketeer's, Athos (Reed), Porthos (Finlay), and Aramis (Chamberlain) plus the young apprentice D'Artagnan, (York) after he initially challenges each to duel him, swash-buckle their way around France and England in service of the Queen Anna (Chaplin).

Her Majesty is sweet on the Duke of Buckingham (Ward). The two secret lovers exchange gifts, but not before the Cardinal (Heston) gets wind of the opportunity to gain the upper hand on the monarchy for his own gain. If it is learned that the jewels she has given to her lover are missing the Cardinal may be able to disgrace the Queen and bring about a coup. Assisting the nasty clergyman is Lady De Winter (Dunaway), who is equally ruthless and conniving and the truly evil, one-eyed Captain of the Cardinal's guard Rochefort (Lee). D'Artagnan has fallen for one of the Queen's servants, Constance (Welch), the wife of the elderly innkeeper, Mssr. Bonancieux (Milligan). The Musketeers prevail and save the Queen embarrassment or worse at the hands of the Cardinal.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Combat acrobatics/martial arts?    -   Yes Kind of movie    -   superfast sword fighting

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Is this movie based on a    -   book

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