- The Three Musketeers (1973 film)
name = The Three Musketeers
caption = 1974 movie poster
Alexander Salkind Ilya Salkind Pierre Spengler
George MacDonald Fraser
based on the novel by
Alexandre Dumas, père
Oliver Reed Charlton Heston Raquel Welch Faye Dunaway
20th Century Fox
released = flagicon|France
December 11, 1973
March 29, 1974
runtime = 105 min.
language = English
followed_by = "The Four Musketeers"
amg_id = 1:49690
imdb_id = 0072281
"The Three Musketeers" is a 1973 film based on the novel by
Alexandre Dumas, père. Directed by Richard Lesterand written by George MacDonald Fraser(famous for his Flashmanseries of historical comic novels). It was orignally proposed in the 1960s, as a vehicle for The Beatles, whom Lester had directed in two other films. The film was originally intended to run for three hours, but later the film was split in two (resulting in 1974's "The Four Musketeers)". The actors themselves were not informed that they were working on two films simultaneously, only Charlton Heston — handsomely paid for his handful of scenes — did not feel cheated by this duplicity. In 1989, the cast and crew returned to film " The Return of the Musketeers", loosely based on Dumas' " Twenty Years After".
The film adheres strongly to the novel, but it also injects a fair amount of humour. The films were shot by David Watkins, with an eye for period detail. The fight scenes were choreographed by master swordsman William Hobbs and turn the swashbuckling movies of the Forties and Fifties on their collective ear; these are more like brawls, with the combatants using knees, fists, furniture and even wet laundry as often as they do their swords. The humor also can swing to the bawdy, with some double entendres and a bit of silliness that takes full advantage of Raquel Welch's (as Constance Bonacieux) charms, for instance.
* Michael York as
Oliver Reedas Athos
Frank Finlayas Porthos
* Richard Chamberlain as
Jean-Pierre Casselas ("King") Louis XIII
Geraldine Chaplinas ("Queen") Anne of Austria
Charlton Hestonas Cardinal Richelieu
Faye Dunawayas Milady de Winter
Christopher Leeas the Count De Rochefort
Simon Wardas the Duke of Buckingham
Raquel Welchas Constance Bonacieux
Spike Milliganas M. Bonancieux
Roy Kinnearas Planchet
The Three Musketeers (film)for a list of other "Musketeer" adaptations.
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