The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Director: Richard Lester Cast: Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston, Raquel Welch

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Overview

Richard Lester's adaptation of The Three Musketeers was only the latest of many when released in 1974, but it arrived with a spirit all its own, one influenced as much by Lester's '60s work as the Alexandre Dumas classic. Even so, it followed the plot of Dumas' novel fairly closely, its liberties in interpretation taken elsewhere. Coming off the success of Cabaret, Michael York plays D'Artagnan, the provincial, would-be swashbuckler who travels to Paris to make his name. There he encounters the eponymous heroes: cynical Athos (Oliver Reed), dashing Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), and arrogant Porthos (Frank Finlay). The trio introduces him to the world of court intrigue as they work to protect the Queen (Geraldine Chaplin) from the schemes of the villainous Richelieu (Charlton Heston) and his followers, Rochefort (Christopher Lee) and Milady (Faye Dunaway). Lester shot the film in conjunction with its sequel, The Four Musketeers. Originally intended as a single film, the split prompted a lawsuit from the cast demanding payment for both films. ~ Keith Phipps

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2003
UPC: 0013131159738
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Joss Ackland D'Artagnan's Father
Ben Aris 1st Musketeer
Rodney Bewes Richelieu's Spy
Nicole Calfan Kitty
Angel del Pozo Jussac
Francis de Wolff Captain
Gretchen Franklin D'Artagnan's Mother
Michael Gothard Felton
William Hobbs Swordsman
Georges Wilson Treville
Honor Blackman Actor
Sybil Danning Eugenie
Roy Kinnear Planchet
Spike Milligan Monsieur Bonacieux
Geraldine Chaplin Anne
Simon Ward Buckingham
Jean-Pierre Cassel Louis XIII

Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
Michael Alexander Producer
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Eatwell Production Designer
George MacDonald Fraser Screenwriter
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Ilya Salkind Producer
Alexander Salkind Producer
John Victor Smith Editor
Pierre Spengler Producer
Ron Talsky Costumes/Costume Designer
David Watkin Cinematographer

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