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      The Three Musketeers

      PG 1973 1 hr. 45 min. Adventure Action List
      88% 16 Reviews Tomatometer 77% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score An adaptation of the classic Dumas novel, this film tells the tale of aspiring swordsman D'Artagnan (Michael York), who arrives in Paris with hopes of joining the royal guard. After clashing with three musketeers, Athos (Oliver Reed), Porthos (Frank Finlay) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), he joins them in fighting the forces of corrupt Cardinal Richelieu, led by Rochefort (Christopher Lee). When Richelieu attempts to undermine the queen, D'Artagnan and the musketeers must thwart his plans. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 04 Buy Now

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      DW L The beginning of two parts that taken together make one of the best adventure movies of all time. This is a fun and funny movie with a great script, a light tone, and amazing sets. It sets up the Four Musketeers which is better only because of the intensity level. I love all the people in their parts but feel Oliver Reed is underused (something that part two makes up for). I loved it as a kid... it is the first movie I ever saw in a theater... and I love it now. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/24 Full Review Larry L I made the mistake of watching this after watching the fantastic BBC TV show, 'The Musketeers' (Prime video). While Rachel Welch and Faye Dunaway were nice castings, the rest were not particularly good. Richard Chamberland as a swashbuckling swordman? Sorry! I thought the sword fights looked cartoonish. Again, if you want to see the best version of this ever made, watch the BBC version of 'The Musketeers'. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 10/22/23 Full Review isla s This is a funny, visual slapstick style comedy action adventure film, with very much a madcap element and some great people in the cast (including Spike Milligan). The choreography in terms of the fights, I thought was reaonsably impressive. I suppose in a way its a bit like a pre-cursor to the martial arts comedy films of Jackie Chan et al. Its a pretty engrossing watch and its fast paced enough to have kept me watching and entertained throughout. I particularly liked that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review jordan m I had such low expectations for this movie that I began to watch it without my wife to save her from sitting through it. I was so surprised at the quality that I had to stop the movie 30 minutes in and start it again the next day to make sure she saw it as it is in my opinion the finest film adaptation of the Musketeer story that has been made. York could've used a few more of the characteristics that made Fairbanks a legend, but his overall look & line delivery made up for the lack of outright athleticism and then some. What really elevates this above other interpretations was the comedy - it caught me by surprise in each instance that they took the time to insert it while still following the source material very closely. My second favorite thing was the extensive set pieces - they made me feel as though the movie had an endless budget, building entire wooden structures just for background material or for very brief foreground interactions. The fight scenes were well-crafted but did start to drag a bit toward the end as the plot called for an increasing amount of them, reducing the available spots for comedy and causing them to blend together a bit. Of all the old movies I've seen this is surely in the top 3 or 4 of the ones I'm most proud to say that I watched! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member There's no doubt that the pageantry and breadth of the historically accurate props and settings would alone make this fantastic and hilarious film a great watch— but the comedy is matched by the most realistic sword fighting ever put on film— and the musketeers are in a world where everyone wields a blade and are pretty damn good at it! Add the distain the writers and director had for the concept of monarchy, the idiot king and his manipulative Cardinal Richelieu played to diabolical charm by none other than Charlton Heston... add peak era Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Michael York, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finely, Geraldine Chaplin, Faye Dunaway, Spike Milligan... and the most realistic sword fighting put to screen in great abundance... oh.. I said that already... ;) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Early 70's light-hearted period piece that serves as a first half technically according to this film's sequel. The cast is just as stunning as the set pieces, locations and costumes while the physical humor is inconsistent along with the mixed tonality of this charming swashbuckling picture. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Penelope Gilliatt New Yorker The pratfalls, and the rude turnings taken by antique speech, are very funny. They are ready-made for the beady attentiveness of humorists and children. Dec 15, 2021 Full Review David L. Overbey Sight & Sound If one gag does not come off, there is another following fast on its heels which does. The film is also often stunning to watch. Mar 27, 2020 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Richard Lester’s film is... a rousing, lively, witty take on Dumas’ story scripted by novelist and first-time screenwriter George Macdonald Frasier, whose rollicking screenplay combines boisterous adventure and roguish humor with marvelous characters. Mar 4, 2023 Full Review Dick Lochte Los Angeles Free Press Genius will out, however, and [director Richard] Lester's shines in every foot of Musketeers. Dec 16, 2019 Full Review Bernard Drew Gannett News Service Every generation should have its own version of Dumas' The Three Musketeers. For the present one, Richard Lester now offers a stylish, fast moving, farcical, rowdy romp. Oct 28, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis An adaptation of the classic Dumas novel, this film tells the tale of aspiring swordsman D'Artagnan (Michael York), who arrives in Paris with hopes of joining the royal guard. After clashing with three musketeers, Athos (Oliver Reed), Porthos (Frank Finlay) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), he joins them in fighting the forces of corrupt Cardinal Richelieu, led by Rochefort (Christopher Lee). When Richelieu attempts to undermine the queen, D'Artagnan and the musketeers must thwart his plans.
      Director
      Richard Lester
      Production Co
      Este Films
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Adventure, Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 1, 2011
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