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THE THREE MUSKETEERS

ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL! The Musketeers face adventure and challenges as they protect the Queen's honor and reputation,after being called into her service for a specific mission, which involves going to England to retrieve a damming piece of evidence. The Queen had used poor judgment and had an affair with the Duke of Buckingham, an enemy of France, giving him one of her diamonds from her necklace. A spy informs the Queen's biggest enemy, Cardinal Richelieu, who yearns to destroy her reputation, which adds danger and attempted road blocks to their mission along their way. 

The cast includes: Richard Chamberlain, Raquel Welch, Michael York, Faye Dunaway, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Geraldine Chaplin, and Frank Filnay.

Exec. Producer: Pierre Spengler and Ilya Salkind.

Director: Richard Lester.

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The story opens with young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arriving in Paris, hoping to join the King's Musketeers, like his father (Joss Ackland) had done. As his father advised him to fight whenever he could, he enthusiastically gets to work, finds himself challenged to 3 different sword fights, within an hour of coming to Paris; Musketeers he would soon be friends with. 3 Musketeers, Athos (Oliver Reed), Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), and Porthos (Frank Finlay), all meet in the nun's courtyard, and find themselves waiting in line to fight D'Artagnan. Before the dueling starts, the Cardinal's Guard arrives and tries to arrest them. Though scoffed as being a farm boy at in the beginning, D'Artagnan proves his mettle with these three Musketeers when he helps the trio defeat eleven soldiers of the Cardinal's Guard. and thus finds acceptance with these characters.

D'Artagnan takes on a comical servant, and finds a room in a house to rent, where he becomes acquainted with the Inn Keeper's wife, Constance de Bonancieux (Raquel Welch), a lovely if clumsy woman who is a companion to the Queen, Anna of Austria (Geraldine Page) who is the wife of bumbling King Louis XIII (Jean-Pierre Cassel).

Unfortunately, the Queen used poor judgment and had an affair with the Duke of Buckingham (Simon Ward) who is an enemy of France. As a testimony to their love, Anna the Queen gave the Duke a couple of her diamond studs from her lovely necklace given to her by her husband, King Louis XIII.

Through devious means, Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston), who wishes to ruin the Queen's reputation, finds out about the diamond studs, and suggests that the king have a gala ball where the Queen can show off this diamond necklace.

Constance de Bonancieux tells the Musketeers of the Queen's dilemma. The Musketeers are soon off to England on the assignment to get the Queen of France's famed diamond necklace from her secret lover, the Duke of Buckingham, before the King finds out, and Cardinal Richelieu (Heston) can successfully ruin the honor of this errant Queen. Cardinal Richelieu does his best to hinder their quest, causing problems for our heroes all along the way of their journey to England and back.

The screenplay, by George MacDonald Fraser, who based it on Alexandre Duma's lengthy novel, is witty, funny, well written and exciting, making it a light-hearted, adventure; a fun movie to watch. Because they knew that the plan was to divide Duma's epic tale into two films, the screenplay not only does a great job telling the whole story as Duma envisioned it, but the characters are well developed and the scenes are well done.

The chemistry between Reed, Chamberlain, Michael York, and Frank Finlay is most enjoyable, and works well to produce all that the script demands.

Raquel Welch is delightful as York's beautiful, but clumsy love interest.

Comical genius, Spike Mulligan, was wonderful as the inn keeper, husband of Constance, who is pressed into service by Cardinal Richelieu.

The villainous trio of Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee as Rochefort, and Faye Dunaway as Milady de Winter all work together to carry out various plots to try to stop the Musketeers' valiant task, but are barely defeated at the end of the film. Charlton Heston is a talented actor, who plays villains very well indeed, and gives an insight into the evil Cardinal's nature.

Richard Lester did a wonderful job directing this exciting comedy, as the pacing, the acting and the photography are all top notch, all adding to the great success of this brilliant adventure comedy. The sword fights are all very exciting and wonderfully choreographed.

Favorite Scenes Include: Sword fight at the nunnery, sword fight at the laundry room, mock fight at the restaurant, merry-go-around and chest with dogs scene, windmill scene, and the struggle to get the necklace diamond studs to the queen and party scene.

If you liked THE THREE MUSKETEERS you may like the second installment THE FOUR MUSKETEERS, or THE ADVNETURE OF ROBIN HOOD (1938), THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE MARK OF ZORRO , and/or ZORRO-THE GAY BLADE.