The 5th Musketeer
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Trivia: The role of Athos, here played by Jose Ferrer, is played in the recent "Man in the Iron Mask" by John Malkavich. There is another pair of historical sword-fighting movies set in France where these two actors play the same character. In "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman, Ferrer plays the Dauphin. The same role was played by Malkavich in "The Messenger: the story of Joan of Ark" with Milla Jovovich.
If you can get ahold of the uncut version and can play it, do so. This is quite a good movie with lots of good performances, including turns by several mainstays of classic Hollywood - the great Rex Harrison in one of his last roles and Olivia de Havilland as the mother of Louis XIV, to name two. There's all the sword action you could expect from a Musketeers movie. Andress drips sex and menace as the scheming mistress of King Louis, while Kristel (best known, of course, as Emmanuelle) is sweet and winsome as the Spanish princess dispatched to marry the King who ends up falling for his lookalike. Beau Bridges makes a good foppish Louis, but I'm not sure he's quite dashing enough to play Philippe, the lookalike; however, he gives it the old college try and acquits himself decently.
The much-filmed Dumas tale has the Philippe, twin brother of the King of France, raised and protected by the Musketeers. Fourquet, acting for the King, has the twin arrested and hidden by the iron mask. He plans to use the twin as a decoy in public, and kill him with a bomb. Then when the King surprisingly survives the attempt, it?s supposed to make everything believe he is invincible. Only the musketeer is Johnny-on-the-spot to foil the plot, save their ward and then pull the switch by stuffing Louis the King in the iron mask and place Philippe on the throne of France.
It?s a good transfer. Just a shame the younger Bridges hurt the effort in the dual role and the directing could not have been stronger.
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Movie was , storyline was good, disappointed in younger Bridges actingPublished 20 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 on May 6, 2014 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 on April 8, 2014 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 on December 31, 2013 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