The Three Musketeers
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Alexandre Dumas timeless tale of epic adventure and swashbuckling romance comes to life in this classic BBC production starring Brian Blessed, Jeremy Young and Gary Watson. Determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a musketeer, DArtagnan leaves home with only an old horse and a letter of recommendation to the Captain of the Kings Musketeers. Although the letter is stolen, he quickly proves himself worthy and joins the ranks of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The four become fast friends and band together to protect the King of France from the devious Cardinal Richilieu who plans to overthrow the monarchy.
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This BBC mini-series sticks pretty closely to Dumas's classic tale of love, honor, and swordplay. In ten chapters, we get to witness the high points of the book: our young Gascon, D'Artagnan, on his way to meet M. Treville in hopes of becoming a Musketeer, initially ruffling the feathers of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and consequently scheduling dueling appointments with them on three successive hours; D'Artagnan meeting and falling in love with Constance, the lovely but married seamstress and confidante of the Queen, who, unwisely but very Frenchlike, engages in secret liaisons with the Duke of Buckingham; D'Artagnan's heroic mission for his queen and his friends' noble sacrifices along the way so that D'Artagnan's mission is successful. And so on...
The cast is comprised of outstanding British actors. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are respectively and vigorously played by Jeremy Young, Brian Blessed, and Gary Watson, who are all very, very good and passionate in their roles - in particular, Jeremy Young, whose tortured character has always stood out in my eyes. Unfortunately, Constance remains a tepid character, much like in the book.Read more ›
The best is Jeremy Brett playing D'artagnan.
Of course a must have for any Brett's fan.
Yet, that having been said, there's much to recommend it. An early glimpse of some of the actors who will go on to become mainstays of British tv, for one thing. For another the sheer joy of the familiar story of these brothers in arms who will draw the rapier and leap to the attack at the slightest provocation. The script is adequate, if unexceptional (George Macdonald Fraser's script for the early 1970's MUSKETEERS is to my mind the gold standard)and the acting frequently hits a fine, satisfying stride.
If you can get past the production weaknesses, it's a pleasant few hours of historical romance.
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a BBC version of the Three Musketeers which is a refreshing change from the efforts of the last couple of decades. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul Sayles
BIG THREE MUSKETEER FAN AND ALSO LIKE BRIAN BLESSED, TOO BAD HE DIDNT GET TO DO MORE IN THIS 10 EPISODE BLACK AND WHITE VERSION FROM THE MID 60SPublished 9 months ago by JOHN SNIPER
I've read and enjoyed the Alexander Dumas novel twice but have been unable to find a movie that is true to the book - until now. Read morePublished 10 months ago by old arkiedan
Best version still lacking so much......... but when you have nothing to compare to.......well
As to other versions,i.e. Gene Kelly, 3musk/4musk,........... Read more
This is an old black and white series closely based on the original story line from the book starring a very young Jean luc Picard of Star Trek fame. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Hashima Shata
As good as I remember. I've wanted to see this series since it was first shown. It wasn't in colour. Not that it matters, still brilliant. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Peter Tinkler