The Four Musketeers

1975

The Four Musketeers

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This comic interpretation of Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure saga picks up where 1974's The Three Musketeers left off, as D'Artagnan (Michael York), Athos (Oliver Reed), Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), and Porthos (Frank Finlay) scuttle the plans of Lady de Winter (Faye Dunaway) to remove Queen Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) from the seat of power. De Winter is determined to get revenge against the Musketeers, and when she learns that D'Artagnan is infatuated with the lovely Constance (Raquel Welch), she first tries to foil their romance by seducing D'Artagnan herself, and then by persuading Rochefort (Christopher Lee) to kidnap Constance. She then engineers the assassination of the Duke of Buckingham (Simon Ward), a close friend of D'Artagnan; when word of the Duke's death and Constance's imprisonment reaches D'Artagnan and his comrades, the foursome ride off to rescue the fair lady and see that justice is done against de Winter. The Four Musketeers was filmed concurrently with The Three Musketeers; it was originally intended to be one film, but when director Richard Lester realized the movie would be over three and a half hours long, the decision was made to release it as two separate features instead. This led to lawsuits filed by several of the stars, claiming that they were hired under false pretenses and entitled to be paid for making two films rather than one. The actors won their case, but their settlement was significantly less than the salary they hoped to receive.

Cast

Michael York
as D'Artagnan
Frank Finlay
as Porthos
Raquel Welch
as Constance
Faye Dunaway
as Lady de Winter
Christopher Lee
as Rochefort
Geraldine Chaplin
as Queen Anne of Austria
Simon Ward
as Duke of Buckingham
Charlton Heston
as Cardinal Richelieu
Roy Kinnear
as Planchet
Nicole Calfan
as Maid Kitty
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Audience Reviews for The Four Musketeers

  • Oct 21, 2016
    "The Four Musketeers" is nowhere near as good as its predecessor, due to an uncompelling story (what little there is of it) and far less humor. Famous cast members Geraldine Chaplin, Charlotte Heston and Richard Chamberlain are barely given anything to do, and a couple of major characters die with strangely little fanfare or repercussions. A confused sequel that reflects its unusual origin, piggybacked onto the simultaneous production of 1974's "The Three Musketeers."
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    This film needs to be watched back to back with 'The Three Musketeers' as they were both shot at the same time and then the film was split in two so that the producers could get more money for two features. Despite this both films still work as separate stories that continue the character arcs and lead to a dramatic conclusion. This film ends up being slightly darker which is hardly surprising as it was subtitled 'The Revenge of Milady'. To that end Dunaway is given much more to do here as she is ravishing as the villainess of the piece. Unlike other screen incarnations of the role she is evil through and seems to revel in this. Reed also gets to flex his acting muscles this time with Athos' backstory coming to the fore and in the scenes where he is reminded of his past you are reminded of what an amazing actor Reed was when he put the effort in. The film follows the book pretty faithfully and don't expect happy ending for everyone by the end. However DO expect excellent swordplay (even better than the first film), great comic moments, intense drama and brilliant performances from an amazing ensemble. I'd be interested to see if they ever do a 'Directors Cut' of the two films and actually combine them to produce the epic film this story deserves. In the meantime enjoy a great sequel.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2011
    I couldn't imagine the first film of these back-to-back classics being topped. I'm happy to be wrong. I actually like this one better than the first and I'm not quite sure why. Maybe because it's darker, or maybe because there's more action than the first. I'm not exactly sure, but I know that I fell in love with it upon seeing it. I'll be watching this one again for years to come!
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2010
    first off, this is by no means a sequel to the three musketeers but rather the second half of what was intended to be a 3 1/2 hour roadshow film with intermission. it wasn't meant as a stand alone film and it seems a little unfair to judge it as such. seeing the first half without seeing this is just like reading half of the novel, which it follows closely. this half is quite a bit darker and mostly concerned with the machinations of milady dewinter, a marvelously evil performance by faye dunaway, who will stop at nothing to have her revenge on d'artagnan and the musketeers. for this it has earned a spot in my femme fatale list :D
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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