The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Randall Wallace's visually sensational, alternately corny and brooding version of the Alexander Dumas legend features the Three (Old) Musketeers, a tormented D'Artagnan, and a set of man-boy twins, with Leonardo DiCaprio as both King Louis XIV and brother Philippe.
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Iron Mask
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
I love period dramas with a great cast. King Louis XIV of France is a cruel ruler, who oppresses his people and is a womaniser. He has a secret twin brother whom he has hidden away and is covered by an iron mask. One of my faves - double Leo! The ending always makes me cry.More
The Man in the Iron Mask is a tale of a the Musketeers who must reunite to capture the evil King Louis XIV and replace him with his much kinder, but unknown, twin who has been unjustly locked away in the dungeons. I am not a fan of Leonerdo DiCrapio. Yes I spelt that wrong on purpose. I think he's too cocky and thinks his shit don't stink. So excuse me while I don't flutter at the sight of him. I've seen better performances from all these actors. DiCrapio included. So the reason I gave it three stars is because I did enjoy the story. It was interesting and it played out well enough.More
While DiCaprio can be a fine actor and an arresting presence, that is not the case here. He is completely miscast, his nasally voice grating and at the point in his career when this was made he didn't have the gravitas to hold the dual roles at center stage. Malkovich is similiarly out of place not in any way suggesting anything remotely contentenial in his bearing and since the rest of the cast that surrounds them are all European the casting of those two is fatal to the picture's unity and flow.More
At first I wasn't quite convinced by Leo's acting, I played it off by his youth and the fact that he did this after being directed by Cameron. James wouldn't care about good acting if it hit him in the face. However this was resolved when he became Philippe.
Overall, the movie was okay. I'm not sure I appreciated the few comedic gags in there, but what gives this movie an extra overall boost was the acting. Beautifully done. Even if for whatever reason, Dicaprio and Malkovich did not see fit to attempt British accents.
The Man in the Iron Mask Quotes
- Lieutenant Andre:
- Magnificent Valor!
- [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.
- [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.
- 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.
- I wear the mask. It does not wear me.
- Anne, to love you is treason against France. But not to love you is treason against my heart.
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