7.2/10
14,469
86 user 37 critic

The Three Musketeers (1973)

A young swordsman comes to Paris and faces villains, romance, adventure and intrigue with three Musketeer friends.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (novel)
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Michael York, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In France in 1649, the services of the Four Musketeers are needed again, and they run into some old foes from twenty years before.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Michael York, Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades thwart the plans of Royal Prime Minister Richelieu to usurp the King's power.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Lana Turner, Gene Kelly, June Allyson
Royal Flash (1975)
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ne'er-do-well Captain Harry Flashman (Malcolm McDowell) is coerced by Otto Von Bismarck (Oliver Reed) into impersonating a Prince.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan
Certificate: M Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman causes a group of assassins to face their greatest challenge.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The professional and romantic misadventures of an advertising executive in 1960s swinging London.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Charles Aznavour, Maria Rohm, Adolfo Celi
The Big Sleep (1978)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Grizzled American private detective in England investigates a complicated case of blackmail turned murder involving a rich but honest elderly general, his two loose socialite daughters, a pornographer and a gangster.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, Richard Boone
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the leading lady of a low-budget musical revue sprains her ankle, the assistant stage manager is forced to understudy and perform in her place, becoming a star and finding love in the process.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian
Mahler (1974)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague
The Trap (1966)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods.

Director: Sidney Hayers
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Oliver Reed, Rex Sevenoaks
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Athos
Raquel Welch ... Constance de Bonacieux
Richard Chamberlain ... Aramis
Michael York ... D'Artagnan
Frank Finlay ... Porthos / O'Reilly
Christopher Lee ... Rochefort
Geraldine Chaplin ... Queen Anna
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... King Louis XIII (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
Spike Milligan ... M. Bonacieux
Roy Kinnear ... Planchet
Georges Wilson ... Treville
Simon Ward ... Duke of Buckingham
Faye Dunaway ... Milady
Charlton Heston ... Cardinal Richelieu
Joss Ackland ... D'Artagnan's Father
Edit

Storyline

The young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a King's Musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos (Oliver Reed), Porthos (Frank Finlay), and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are Musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston), who wishes to increase his already considerable power over King Louis XIII (Jean-Pierre Cassel). D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux (Raquel Welch) and the passionate Lady De Winter (Faye Dunaway), a secret agent for the Cardinal. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

. . . One for All and All for Fun!

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Spain | Panama | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,018,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Roy Kinnear played the servant to D'artagnan. In The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), he played the henchman Finney to Professor Moriarty. See more »

Goofs

When M. Bonancieux is in the Bastille and a torturer places a hot rock for him to unknowingly sit on, it is placed in a bowl in a close up but in all the long shots, it is on a flat plate. See more »

Quotes

Porthos: I'd rather wager on a Huguenot for the papacy than gamble on you two.
See more »

Connections

Version of All for One (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

greatest cast ever assembled to tell this great tale
20 October 1998 | by Holden_PikeSee all my reviews

Richard Lester did what no one before or since has been able to do: tell Dumas' story as magnificently as it deserves to be told. This tale gets told again and again in Hollywood, but leave it to a European to do it right. The cinematography, sets, and costumes are all fantastic, but they aren't all clean and impossibly perfect like the 1948 Gene Kelly or 1993 Kiefer Sutherland versions. Lester infuses this familiar story with an energy and tone that made his work with the Beatles successful. Yes, "The Three Musketeers" is an intriguing adventure, but the humor in their friendship, that's what draws me in again and again. And what an amazing cast he had to work with: all the Musketeers are perfect, especially big Oliver Reed, who can be silly, witty, and scary all in the same scene. The supporting cast is full of great actors, including Charlton Heston (having fun at being evil here), Christopher Lee (gets to mix deadpan humor in with his menace), Raquel Welch (cast as beautiful but clumsy, really enabling her to be a character and not just a live mannequin), Spike Milligan (doing what he does best), and most wonderfully Faye Dunaway (seductively evil: my favorite kind!). And, of course, holding it all together as D'Artagnan is Michael York, who never found a greater role.

Besides handling the shifts in tone well, Richard Lester also had the great rare luxury of breaking Dumas' large novel into two seperate movies which he filmed simultaneously. This really allows for greater character development and a truly epic scale. All of the other film versions try to cram all of that plot into 120 minutes. Not only is it impossible (in the 1993 version they simply change it completely using only the basic idea of Dumas' book), but it makes this huge complicated story with many threads seem contrived and ridiculous (the 1948 version has such dramatic and sudden shifts of tone - from wacky comedy, to romance, to heavy drama - that it can confuse and lose the audience).

This is great moviemaking.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed