The Musketeer

2001

The Musketeer

Critics Consensus

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.

11%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 99

33%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 20,746
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Movie Info

Director Peter Hyams brings the modern choreography talents of famed Hong Kong fight sequence designer Xin Xin Xiong to this action adventure that departs widely from its classic novel source material, focusing exclusively on the D'Artagnan character and either excising other characters completely or relegating them to minor supporting roles. Justin Chambers stars as D'Artagnan, a country-bred lad whose skill with a sword has led to aspirations of becoming a Musketeer, one of the French king's elite guard. Upon arriving in Paris, however, he finds that the Musketeers have been disbanded by order of Cardinal Richelieu (Stephen Rea), who is usurping the king's authority with the help of a lethally gifted henchman, Febre (Tim Roth). Soon, D'Artagnan is embroiled in an effort to prevent a war between his native country and England, meeting up with a beautiful love interest (Mena Suvari) along the way. As he has often done before, director Hyams doubles as his own cinematographer.

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Cast

Justin Chambers
as D'Artagnan
Mena Suvari
as Francesca
Tim Roth
as Febre
Stephen Rea
as Cardinal Richelieu
Bill Treacher
as Bonacieux
Daniel Mesguich
as King Louis
David Schofield
as Rochefort
Nick Moran
as Aramis
Jeremy Clyde
as Lord Buckingham
Tsila Chelton
as Madame Lacross
Michael Byrne
as Treville
Catharine Erhardt
as D'Artagnan's mother
Steve Speirs
as Porthos
Tsilla Chelton
as Madam Lacross
Luc Gentile
as D'Artagnan's father
Catherine Erhardy
as D'Artagnan's Mother
Anne-Marie Pisani
as Buxom woman
Max Dolbey
as Young D'Artagnan
Ann Marie Pisani
as Buxom Woman
Sve Walser
as Man 1 at bar
Carrie Mullan
as Mathilde
Oscar Ortega Sánchez
as Marquis de Spota
Sven Walser
as Man No. 1 at Bar
Marco Lorenzini
as Inn Keeper
Jean-François Wolff
as Cardinal's Guard No. 1
Stefan Weinert
as Mercenary No. 2
Sve Nichulski
as Guard at door
Dean Patrick Jones
as Febre messenger
Christian Bergmann
as Last Febre man
Sascha Schiffbauer
as Jail Guard No. 1
Sven Nichulski
as Guard at Door
Frank Ferner
as Jail Guard No. 3
Jean-Luc Ristic
as Pastry chef
Roland Stemmer
as Musketeer No. 1
Jo Stock
as Another musketeer
Dean Gregory
as Musketeer No. 2
Ciaran Mulhern
as Musketeer No. 3
Sigal Diamant
as Josephine
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Critic Reviews for The Musketeer

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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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