The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 24
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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 296,945
Oscar-nominated Randall Wallace (Braveheart) made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the 1848 classic by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role. Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis (Jeremy Irons), Athos (John Malkovich), and Porthos (Gerard Depardieu) fought together with their friend D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne). The arrogant, tyrannical King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) desires the beautiful Christine (Judith Godreche), so he orders her
Mar 13, 1998 Wide
Aug 11, 1998
MGM Home Entertainment
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Louis XIV, Philippe
The Man in the Iron Mask needed more of a jaunty twinkle, more wolfish grins, less thinking and more doing.
Leonardo DiCaprio times two. What more could you want? Perhaps more thrilling swash and buckle.
...this version of The Man in the Iron Mask owes more to Star Wars than Star Wars owes to Dumas.
Though a fine actor, DiCaprio is no Errol Flynn. With his choirboy face and chess-club physique, he is scarcely fit to play swashbuckling hero or villain.
Reveals how important it is in middle age to keep one's spiritual ideals alive and shining.
A laughably flimsy remake of a frequently told adventure.
Para sorte de Randall Wallace, o material com que ele trabalhava era bom demais para ser estragado. Alexandre Dumas salvou o filme.
One big advantage this film has -- now brace yourselves -- some of the actors actually speak with French accents!
Alongside previous men in the iron mask, the '98 contender doesn't amount to much.
Unless you have a thing for DiCaprio, you're better off renting any of the other adaptations.
Audience Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask
- Aramis: [narrating] Some of this is legend, but at least this much is fact - when rioting citizens of France destroyed the Bastille, they discovered within its records this mysterious entry: Prisoner # 64389000 - The Man in the Iron Mask.
- Athos: [to Phillipe] Once I, once all of us, believed in serving something greater than ourselves. Aramis had his faith, Porthos his lust for life, D'Artagnan his devotion and I had Raoul. But we all had a common dream. That one day we would finally be able to serve a king who was worthy of the throne. It is what we dreamt, what we bled for, and what we have waited a lifetime to see. I taught Raoul to believe in that dream, and now my son is dead. And now I want to know if my son's life was in vain, and the only person who can answer that is you.
- Athos: D'Artagnan, I have never known a finer man than you nor cared more for a friend, but if this king harms my son merely to take a lover, then this king will become my enemy. And so will any man who stands between that enemy and me.
- Philippe: I wear the mask. It does not wear me.
- D'Artagnan: Anne, to love you is treason against France. But not to love you is treason against my heart.
- Louis XIV: D'Artagnan, you will hunt down Porthos, Athos, and Aramis, and bring me their heads, or I will have yours. And as for you, my brother, back to the prison you will go, and into the mask you hate. Wear it 'til you love it! And die in it.
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