Le Bossu (On Guard) (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Le Bossu (On Guard) (1997)



Critic Consensus: A spirited, old-fashioned swashbuckler.

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This swashbuckler, set at the turn of the 17th century, is about the greedy Gonzague, who orders the Duke of Nevers and his family to be killed. Nevers's bodyguard Legarde manages to save his daughter, and the two hide as traveling actors until 16 years later when Legarde sets the stage for death.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Philippe de Broca, Phillippe De Broca, Jerome Tonnerre, Jean Cosmos
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On DVD: Mar 9, 2004
Empire Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Le Bossu (On Guard)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18)

Sometimes, nothing satisfies like old-fashioned swashbuckling. And in this regard, On Guard delivers.

Full Review… | January 24, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun.

Full Review… | January 3, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

An awkward and indigestible movie.

Full Review… | January 3, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's a tale well told and nearly irresistible.

Full Review… | December 24, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler that delivers its diversions in grand, uncomplicated fashion.

Full Review… | December 20, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The sword fighting is well done and Auteuil is a goofy pleasure.

November 27, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Le Bossu (On Guard)

As someone who doesn't make enough effort to track down the movies he'd really like to see, and who rarely troubles to watch anything a second time, the fact that I've now seen Le Bossu three times - having actively hunted for it on two of those three occasions(!) - must mean that I'm rather fond of it. Yes, some of the plot developments take a little swallowing, the love story is kind of kinky and the film never quite recovers from the loss of Vincent Perez, but it's romantic to a fault, the period recreation is exquisite, the performances are delightful and there's literally an exciting twist or turn every five or so minutes. What I admire most about Le Bossu, however, is that it's a textbook example of that seemingly effortless French lightness of touch which Hollywood invariably translates into indigestible stodge. Daniel Auteuil is wonderful here.

Stephen M

Super Reviewer


outlandish but loads of fun. the kind of film i thought they didn't make anymore: swashbuckling in grand style!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Fun to watch & nothing more

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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