The Three Musketeers (1974)

7.21 h 46 min1974PG
A mixture of comedy and adventure based on the Alexander Dumas classic novel of three rollicking musketeers who are "all for one and one for all!"
Richard Lester
Oliver ReedRaquel WelchRichard Chamberlain
English [CC]
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Michael YorkFrank FinlayChristopher Lee
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Musketeers movie ever
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I've seen many film versions of this story and recently re-read the book, and this is the best film version by far. The acting is superb: Michael York as the young D'Artagnon, eager to please and to follow his father's wish to fight whenever possible; Oliver Reed as the intensely competent yet jovial Athos; Charlton Heston as the Cardinal, constantly scheming yet remaining above the fray like a chessmaster; Faye Dunaway as Milady de Winter, the ultimate femme fatale; and others. The costumes and set pieces are very elaborate and accurate as far as I can tell: hand-cranked carousels, flour mills, ridiculously impractical clothing, mechanical practice dummies for fencing. The story follows the book as closely as is prudent for turning a 700-page novel into two movies. Plot simplifications like re-using the familiar characters Buckingham and Rochefort for scenes that originally involved new characters Lord de Winter and the Comte de Wardes make the movie more watchable.

Some viewers may be turned off by the amount of slapstick humor in The Three Musketeers. I suggest you watch The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge. This is a continuation of the same book, not a sequel, and it takes a much more serious tone, perhaps because the book becomes more serious after the affair of the diamond studs. Anyway, I found the slapstick surprisingly appropriate for the historical context. This was a ridiculous time in history. Men fought duels over the slightest perceived offence. Protecting the Queen's honor was far more important than the Queen's behaving honorably in the first place. The ruling class was amazingly out of touch with their country's problems. Casual cruelty was shown toward servants and peasants. Watch this movie and you'll understand why France had to have a revolution.
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PaulReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
good entertainment - and raquel welch
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I purchased this movie because it is a good depiction of the Alexander Dumas classic book - the Disney version has a couple awkward (why did they do that?) moments - this version which Leonard Maltin (film critic) says is 'unforgettable' - and what do you know - I saw this movie many years ago when it was televised - so I'm happy to have the opportunity to see again - its swashbuckling, sometimes humorous, action-adventure and perhaps the best available and closest to the book version in film of the classic story - Raquel Welch (actress) being in the movie is also a plus of course - there's plenty of rich entertainment besides raquel of course - and in the end the King was pleased too
Mark J. WernerReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
An oldie but a goodie...
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This is my favorite of all the screen adaptations of Dumas' classic. The earlier versions were fun, but the 15-minute-long effortless duels were a bit much. The later versions, like the one with Kiefer Sutherland et al....Everyone looked so clean...The dueling was ridiculous, and they changed the plot...
This one kept true to Dumas, everything looked thoroughly period, dirt and all, and the fight scenes were wonderful with the guys sweating, panting, cursing and using the environment to their advantage.
The humor was true to Dumas as well; I recall laughing out loud several times when reading the novel.
There were little bits in this and the sequel....Like "Athos" threatening Milady DiWinter with a wheel-lock pistol, and applying a spanner to the mechanism to "cock" it. This sort of thing is just not done in most period films.
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TD BauerReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best musketeer movie and cast, ever.
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I am a huge fan of the musketeer novels written by Alexander Dumas, and they, as well as this movie and one that followed it with the same cast (the Four Musketeers), have greatly influenced my over the years on a personal level in regards to my writing.

This movie follows the story as written by Alexander Dumas closer than any of the musketeer movie ever made. Sure, there are some obvious Hollywood liberties taken during the story process, but by far and large the content is there from the book.

What I loved the most: The costumes, the scenery, the authentic swordplay, and of course seeing the musketeers come alive on my big screen TV. If you can, look for The Four Musketeers, as that movie of the same cast completes the story as told in the novel, The Three Musketeers. The filmmakers had to split the movie into two separate features because the duration of a single film would have been too long for movie-goers.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb 70's Filmmaking!
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This is filmmaking as it should be: each frame bustles with energy, convincing background business, and gorgeous location shoots. The actors are uniformly great -- especially a very young Michael York and Racquel Welch. Oliver Reed & Richard Chamberlain are superb. The script is lyrical, paying homage to the book while adding scenes which seamlessly meld. Altogether, a mighty example of 1970's film, before the era of tentpoles, the Uncanny Valley, and unending Supermen. Enjoy it, since they literally aren't making 'em like this anymore.
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eliphillips2013Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
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Five Stars
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love this version! It’s like being there. The filth, the sweat, the majesty. Versailles used to smell according to my architecture professor for miles around due to the trenches of sewer in and out of the palace. But we also know from history that it was magnificent and we get to see glimpses of all of that in this movie. This movie humanizes historical fiction. Love it one of my favorites of all time. My mother let me see this in the middle of the night one time when I was small and it remains hilarious and exciting. The vignettes are the best!
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Nick SaganisReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's exciting fun with plenty of comedic
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What makes this worth seeing? It's exciting fun with plenty of comedic, sometimes slapstick, flavor. The cast is great and the acting is better. Of all the Three Musketeers movies made to date this one written by George McDonald Fraser and Directed by Richard Lester is closest to the original Dumas novel written in 1848. A swashbuckling historical adventure with Principal Cast: Oliver Reed (Athos), Charlton Heston (Cardinal Richelieu), Raquel Welch (Constance), Faye Dunaway (Milady), Richard Chamberlain (Aramis), Frank Finlay (Porthos), Michael York (D'Artagnan), Christopher Lee (Rochefort), Geraldine Chaplin (Anna of Austria), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Louis XIII), Spike Milligan (M. Bonancieux), Roy Kinnear (Planchet), Simon Ward (Duke of Buckingham), Joss Ackland (D'Artagnan's Father), Sybil Danning (Eugenie). If you're a movie lover you'll love this movie.
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Elizabeth LeviReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best version ever
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Oliver Reed, Michael York, Charleston Heston, Faye Dunaway, Rachel Welch... Best version of the story EVER. Oh and Christopher Lee!!! Directed by Richard Lester and soundtrack by Michel Legrand. It's all so Grand!!!
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