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On Guard!

Released Oct 18, 2002 2h 8m Adventure History Drama List
88% Tomatometer 32 Reviews 78% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil), a commoner, meets the Duc de Nevers (Vincent Perez), and the two, both expert swordsmen, develop a close bond. When the duke discovers he has fathered an illegitimate daughter in the countryside, he decides to marry the baby's mother, and brings Lagardere along for the journey. On the day of the wedding, though, the duke is killed by his fiendish cousin, Count Gonzague (Fabrice Luchini). Lagardere escapes with the infant and bides his time until he can exact revenge. Read More Read Less

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A spirited, old-fashioned swashbuckler.

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Doris N. Truong Dallas Morning News Sometimes, nothing satisfies like old-fashioned swashbuckling. And in this regard, On Guard delivers. Rated: B+ Jan 24, 2003 Full Review Wesley Morris Boston Globe Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun. Rated: 3/4 Jan 3, 2003 Full Review Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune An awkward and indigestible movie. Rated: 2/4 Jan 3, 2003 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com In the grand tradition of the once beloved swashbuckler, de Broca's On Guard is a topnotch example, especially considering it was material produced several times before. Rated: 4/5 Sep 30, 2020 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk A dashing hero, dastardly villain and winsome distressed damsel, not to mention a melodramatic plot, thrilling sword fights and high-spirited comedy - all the elements you need to fashion the perfect swashbuckler. Mar 14, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 21, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Fun to watch & nothing more Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Swordplay in the classic style. Great fun. Watched it 4 times then my old vhs tape gave up the ghost and snapped. Daniel Auteuil is a great actor.....so versatile.....'Harry' in 'The Eighth Day' and 'Ugolin' in 'Jean de Florette'. In 'Le Bossu' he ends up holding the baby.....and there's a hunchback in it (again). Very good film if you like The Three Musketeer type movie.....french style. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A plot worthy of Dumas but, alas, the execution is not there. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Rousing, old-fashioned swashbuckler. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliant story, cast and performance! Highly recommended :-) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member outlandish but loads of fun. the kind of film i thought they didn't make anymore: swashbuckling in grand style! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil), a commoner, meets the Duc de Nevers (Vincent Perez), and the two, both expert swordsmen, develop a close bond. When the duke discovers he has fathered an illegitimate daughter in the countryside, he decides to marry the baby's mother, and brings Lagardere along for the journey. On the day of the wedding, though, the duke is killed by his fiendish cousin, Count Gonzague (Fabrice Luchini). Lagardere escapes with the infant and bides his time until he can exact revenge.
Director
Philippe de Broca
Screenwriter
Jean Cosmos
Distributor
Empire Pictures
Production Co
Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinema
Genre
Adventure, History, Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 18, 2002, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 10, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$261.0K
Runtime
2h 8m
Sound Mix
Surround
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