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      The Return of the Musketeers

      PG 1989 1 hr. 43 min. Adventure List
      60% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 34% 500+ Ratings Audience Score When ambitious Oliver Cromwell (Alan Howard) overthrows the king, Cardinal Mazarin (Philippe Noiret) enlists a down-and-out D'Artagnan (Michael York) to rally the Musketeers against him. Porthos (Frank Finlay) accepts at once, but Athos (Oliver Reed) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain) are reluctant. Still, the three reunite, but they are soon torn apart by infighting. They get a chance at redemption when they are sent to England to save the life of King Charles I (Bill Paterson). Read More Read Less

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      Fred J Sequels are generally expected to be worse than the originals, but this is even much worse than expected. A comedy without laughs, it starts off mediocre and continuously declines as it goes on. Apparently the makers thought it would be funny to make the Musketeers, who were highly competent in the other films and in the original books, nothing but a bunch of bumbling fools with minimal swordfighting skills. The film is loosely based on "Twenty Years After," not one of Dumas' best by a longshot, and makes a lot of changes for the worse, like making the character Mordaunt female for no good reason, and adding a lot of irrelevant farcical material and far too much lame slapstick that misses the mark. Skip this turkey and watch any other Musketeers film instead. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 08/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Has a wonderful cast & a great concept that pits the musketeers on the receiving end of now being hunted themselves, now that they are retired & separated. But alas, this film plays like a silly comedy which ruins the concept. Some fun humor interaction was expected to keep the film fun, but this was overkill. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Silly, but better than expected. Entertaining for kids. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Some 15 years later we have this late trilogy bookend for this noteable franchise. Funnily enough the film is based on Dumas' sequel novel 'Twenty Years After' and that's almost the same amount of time which had passed from 'The Four Musketeers' and this third film. So to look at the characters it really does feel very authentic as everyone has indeed aged some 20 years...almost. In fact the entire cast has all been brought back once again to don their fancy pants and wigs, quite impressive I must say for the continuity. Again its pretty much business as usual for Lester and his crew, and once again they have produced/created a sterling offering which still manages to look and sound just as lavish and authentic as the previous two films. I can't fault anything on display in this film whatsoever, all the visuals, locations, props, sets, costumes, weapons etc...everything just like before is beautifully crafted and visualised. The comedy is as you have come to expect from Lester with these films, both silly pratfalls wise and the various subtle little dubbed gags. The action is fair but feels a little too childish this time round, of course we know its suppose to be but this time it does feel just a bit too silly with very few kills. Can't help but mention that the age of the main four fellows clearly hinders the swashbuckling somewhat, makes everything feel a bit like a Benny Hill sequence at times. Age aside everyone is still on top form, no slacking here as all cast members are clearly having a great time hamming it up in a flurry of swords, facial hair n wine. Oliver Reed was born for this role I believe, I'm not even sure if he knew he was in a film, just drinking, fighting and being loud. A great shame about Roy kinnear though, such a lose, even worse when its a needless accident. It seems that one problem is that of Kim Cattrall as 'Justine de Winter'. She doesn't quite fit the bill in this role methinks, I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe her face looks too 'present day' or 80's, but she just doesn't fit in. I can see her in a daft sexy comedy alongside someone like Tom Hanks but just not in a period piece like this. It also bugs me that people must always alter things when they adapt, 'Milady de Winter' was suppose to have a son not a daughter, so why change it??. Overall this is still a great fun film which all the family can enjoy no doubt. Though despite it still looking superb I can't help but feel its not really required. The first two films gave you your complete Musketeer fix, they explored every avenue, every nook and cranny of 17th Century France and pretty much gave you everything you could ask for in a swashbuckler. This does feel a bit tired, a bit late in the day and a bit of a rehash really, just the same as before. Sure its not a bad thing and the characters being old is a nice spin which of course connects to the original source material but it just doesn't really offer you anything new. The first two films did it all perfectly and to be honest...better, this just feels like a return trip without the freshness. Still a great film but simply not in the same league as the first two, it may even bore you in parts. And how the hell does the 'Count De Rochefort' survive the previous film to here?! He was well n truly run through, even in this day and age you wouldn't have much of a chance with that one, so how on earth he overcame that little nick is anyone's guess haha. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This was very bad. What better way to add some chemistry on screen by adding in C. Thomas Howell? Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This was very bad. What better way to add some chemistry on screen by adding in C. Thomas Howell? Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 23, 2005 Full Review Scott Weinberg eFilmCritic.com Better than you might reasonably expect ... but only slightly. Rated: 3/5 Apr 3, 2005 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall Rated: 2/5 Nov 15, 2003 Full Review Brandon Judell PopcornQ Rated: 3/5 May 8, 2003 Full Review Brian Mckay eFilmCritic.com A fun follow-up to Lester's fantastic "Musketeer" films of the seventies - with most of the original cast! Rated: 4/5 Mar 18, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis When ambitious Oliver Cromwell (Alan Howard) overthrows the king, Cardinal Mazarin (Philippe Noiret) enlists a down-and-out D'Artagnan (Michael York) to rally the Musketeers against him. Porthos (Frank Finlay) accepts at once, but Athos (Oliver Reed) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain) are reluctant. Still, the three reunite, but they are soon torn apart by infighting. They get a chance at redemption when they are sent to England to save the life of King Charles I (Bill Paterson).
      Director
      Richard Lester
      Production Co
      Sofica Sofinergie 5, Iberoamericana Films Producción S.A., Timothy Burrill Prod. Ltd.
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Sound Mix
      Surround