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Le Bossu (On Guard) (1997)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3

A spirited, old-fashioned swashbuckler.



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This period swashbuckler, set during the years 1699 to 1716, is the seventh screen adaptation of Paul Feval's 1857 serialized novel. Trained in circus stunts and fencing, Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil) becomes the bodyguard of the Duke of Nevers (Vincent Perez), whose cousin is the greedy Gonzague (Luchini). Nevers learns he is a father and plans to marry Blanche de Caylus (Claire Nebout) in order to raise an heir. Gonzague dispatches assassins to kill Nevers, Blanche, and their baby. Dying, Nevers

Mar 9, 2004

Empire Pictures

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

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

January 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun.

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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An awkward and indigestible movie.

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It's a tale well told and nearly irresistible.

December 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler that delivers its diversions in grand, uncomplicated fashion.

December 20, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The sword fighting is well done and Auteuil is a goofy pleasure.

November 27, 2002
Washington Post
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A dashing hero, dastardly villain and winsome distressed damsel, not to mention a melodramatic plot, thrilling sword fights and high-spirited comedy - all the elements you need to fashion the perfect swashbuckler.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

It was too silly and formulaic to get my undivided attention.

March 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For both the artsy foreign-film crowd and the blue-collar action-movie fans

May 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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January 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

Vastly enjoyable--a stylish, affectionate, old-fashioned swashbuckler...staged with such elan that the result is completely winning.

January 21, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Turns out to be a nifty swashbuckler whose plot easily could have been lifted from a number of Douglas Fairbanks silent pictures.

December 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

In the spirit of Voltaire and Molière, On Guard volleys great wit and deadly gestures in a milieu of lush apparel, landscapes, captivating music and 18th-century lacy sleeves.

December 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

"On Guard!" won't be placed in the pantheon of the best of the swashbucklers but it is a whole lot of fun and you get to see the one of the world's best actors, Daniel Auteuil, have a whale of a good time.

December 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

classic cinema served up with heart and humor

December 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Though it lacks the utter authority of a genre gem, there's a certain robustness to this engaging mix of love and bloodletting.

November 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

De Broca (who also co-wrote with Jean Cosmos) gives it a frisky energy.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

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.
December 26, 2010

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outlandish but loads of fun. the kind of film i thought they didn't make anymore: swashbuckling in grand style!
December 14, 2010
Stella Dallas

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