The Musketeer

2001, Adventure/Action, 1h 45m

99 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Hong Kong inspired action sequences take center stage in this latest Three Musketeers adaptation. Unfortunately, the oversimplification of the story and an uncharismatic lead character leave the movie flat. Read critic reviews

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Weds the classic swordplay and chivalry of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" with the gravity-defying dazzle of Hong Kong action choreography. The film's fight sequences mix eastern and western styles, fusing 17th century swashbuckling with samurai action.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Rea
Cardinal Richelieu
Jeremy Clyde
Lord Buckingham
Tsilla Chelton
Madam Lacross
Luc Gentile
D'Artagnan's Father
Katherine Erhardy
D'Artagnan's Mother
Max Dolbey
Young D'Artagnan
Gene Quintano
Screenwriter
Jan Fantl
Co-Producer
Mark Damon
Executive Producer
Steven Paul
Executive Producer
Rudy Cohen
Executive Producer
Frank Hübner
Executive Producer
Romain Schroeder
Executive Producer
Peter Hyams
Cinematographer
Xin Xin Xiong
Stunt Choreographer
Philip Harrison
Production Designer
David Arnold
Original Music
Raymond Hughes
Costume Designer
Cynthia Dumont
Costume Designer
Meinir Stoutt
Unit Production Manager
Charlie Watson
First Assistant Director
Dina Eaton
Music Editor
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Audience Reviews for The Musketeer

  • Jan 18, 2012
    I love anachronism! If you've ever watched The Man In The Iron Mask and found yourself wishing there were more gravity-defying, Matrixy fight sequences, then this is the movie for you. The story is as engaging as any of the other musketeer movies, the villains just as slimy, the stakes just as high and the characters just as heroically iconic. Here, though, the action is a bit bigger and I found the sequences, while somewhat incongruous, even more exhilarating.
    Emily A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    With well decorated fight sequences, this movie just stays in the attempt to do something big in the book of Dumas.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2011
    The Musketeer opens up on a young D'Artagnan as he witnesses the unprovoked murder of his parents over unpaid taxes. Little D'Artagnan is a spunky boy, and he tries to fight back but for some reason, the merciless, heartless tax-collector-cum-killer lets the little boy live. This turns out to be a big mistake as D'Artagnan is raised by his old friend Planchet (Jean-Pierre Castaldi). Becoming the finest swordsman in France, D'Artagnan tries to follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a King's Musketeer. Times are not good for these heroes though with their leader Treville (Michael Byrne) imprisoned and the evil Febre (Tim Roth) out for blood! Anyways he meets up with Arthos, Porthos, and Aramis. The Three Musketeers were unrecognizable in the film, not the dashing heroes we're used to. They are portrayed as drunken, miserable, lazy jerks. Apparently D'Artagnan is the only one who still holds the ideals of the Musketeers. Along the way, D'Artagnan falls in love with a feisty chambermaid, Francesca, portrayed by Mena Suvari. (I had trouble accepting Mena Suvari as an eighteenth century housemaid, after seeing her in American Beauty and American Pie and here she makes a wooden and ornamental Francesca. The only saving grace about this movie was Tim Roth who makes a great "bad" guy. We can all agree than Asian style martial arts and 17th century France, by nature, does not match. You can either choose to see this as a good thing or a bad thing. Somehow, it feels a little too over the top and artificial for a 17th century French epic. The sword fights weren't your usual prancing about, but intense and frantic; with the ladder fight scene a direct rip off from Jet Li's Once Upon A Time In China.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2011
    Story wise, it sucks, but the fighting is good-ish.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer

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