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High Adventure, low comedy and a galaxy of international stars highlight this rousing, tongue-in-cheek swashbuckler. Louis XIV of France (Beau Bridges) who is as brave as the King is scurrilous. Toraise money, the monarch plans to wed the Spanish Infanta (Sylvia Kristel), despite his continuing affair with the cunning Madame de la Valliere (Urdula Andress). In the meantime, D'Artagnan (CornelWilde) and the aging Musketeers are teaching Philippe the ways of chivalry. Soon, Louis has his twin arrested and imprisoned in the Bastille, hidden behind forged head-gear. But after the Musketeers free him, Philippe concocts a daring plot to win the sexy Infanta and make his royal double "The Man in the Iron Mask."
An appealing cast of film veterans makes this 1977 action-adventure version of Alexandre Dumas's The Man In the Iron Mask particularly watchable. Lloyd Bridges co-stars as swordsman Aramis, one of several Musketeer tutors of young and brave Phillippe (Beau Bridges, Lloyd's son), who doesn't know he's the identical twin brother of King Louis XIV. Captured by Louis, his features briefly disguised by an uncomfortable iron mask, Phillippe is forced to play his villainous sibling in an assassination scenario designed to fool France into believing its mad emperor is dead. Phillippe, however, turns the tables, and with the aid of Aramis, Athos (Jose Ferrer), Porthos (Alan Hale Jr.), and D'Artagnan (Cornel Wilde), makes a bold attempt to take his country's destiny in hand. Also on view are Rex Harrison, Ursula Andress, and Olivia DeHavilland; the star wattage and attractive settings compensate somewhat for director Ken Annakin's stiff and unimaginative direction. --Tom Keogh
Movie was , storyline was good, disappointed in younger Bridges actingPublished 10 months ago by Ginny R
I saw this in the theatre on opening weekend many years ago. I didn't like it then, and still don't like it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Raisuli the Magnificent
The acting could have been better. The original version with Gene Kelly will always be a masterpiece. This story line followed the Man in the Iron Mask.Published 18 months ago by Clifford Adams
It carries on the 3 and 4 musketeers and isn't too bad. Not as good as the other two, but a descent view.Published 21 months ago by Dale L Coppock
It was not what I expected. It was disappointing. I saw clips where Ursler Andress did a naked scene.
That scene along with a naked scene by S. Kristal were not on my DVD. Read more