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The Musketeer (2001)



Critic 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.

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense action violence and some sexual material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Gene Quintano, Fabrice Ziolkowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2002
Box Office: $26.6M
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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
Anne Marie Pisani
as Buxom woman
Catherine Erhardy
as D'Artagnan's Mother
Max Dolbey
as Young D'Artagnan
Sve Walser
as Man 1 at bar
Ann Marie Pisani
as Buxom Woman
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....
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

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32)

For the third time in less than a decade, Alexandre Dumas is turning over in his grave.

Full Review… | September 26, 2001
Top Critic

A stale Euro-pudding.

Full Review… | September 11, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

The results are mind-numbingly moronic.

Full Review… | September 10, 2001
Top Critic

Save your dough for this one...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Errol Flynn can rest easy in his grave.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003

Hyams is hoping that the newfangled wall-climbing swordplay will compensate for the inexperience of the young and relatively unknown cast members populating most of the central roles. It doesn't.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Musketeer


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 Armstrong

Super Reviewer



Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Silly muddled version of the classic tale. Poorly acted by everyone but Tim Roth and Catherine Deneuve and she is given very little to do. Ponderous direction and murky lighting help not at all. Try one of the many other versions of the story. Even the Keifer Sutherland/Charlie Sheen version, while not terribly faithful to the book, was much better than this. At least they seemed to be having fun in that one.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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