On Guard (1997)
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Critic Reviews for On Guard
Sometimes, nothing satisfies like old-fashioned swashbuckling. And in this regard, On Guard delivers.
Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun.
A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler that delivers its diversions in grand, uncomplicated fashion.
The sword fighting is well done and Auteuil is a goofy pleasure.
Audience Reviews for 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.
outlandish but loads of fun. the kind of film i thought they didn't make anymore: swashbuckling in grand style!
Fun to watch & nothing more
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