The Four Musketeers

  • 1974
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Adventure, Historical

A sequel to THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Both pictures were originally supposed to have been one huge 3 1/2-hour epic, but the producers decided to release them as two films--and lawsuits followed immediately from a cast and crew who wanted to be paid for making two films. That aside, this sequel is a worthy follow-up to the original. In this installment, Milady...read more

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A sequel to THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Both pictures were originally supposed to have been one huge 3 1/2-hour epic, but the producers decided to release them as two films--and lawsuits followed immediately from a cast and crew who wanted to be paid for making two films. That aside, this

sequel is a worthy follow-up to the original.

In this installment, Milady DeWinter (Dunaway) plans to wreak revenge on D'Artagnan (York), his cohorts (Chamberlain, Finlay, and Reed), his "lady fair" Constance (Welch), and the Duke (Ward) for foiling her plans in the first film. Milady attempts seduction and later allows herself to be arrested

so as to manipulate a religious-fanatic jailer into assassinating the Duke. She also kidnaps Constance, a move certain to bring the swashbuckling quartet into the picture.

Much of the film is played for merry comedy, and the cast makes a good job of it. Welch, for example, handles both the physical and the verbal comedy with the same brio which marked her work in the earlier film. Dunaway, on the other hand, does not make the pivotal role of Milady DeWinter quite as

fascinating as one would like. Although there is less slapstick than in THE THREE MUSKETEERS, the lightness of the enterprise stays constant until the swashbuckling climax and dramatic resolution. What is especially notable in this sequel is Lester's determination to deglamorize life in the 1620s,

and his film is amply populated with mercenaries, boors and slobs.

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  • Released: 1974
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: A sequel to THE THREE MUSKETEERS. Both pictures were originally supposed to have been one huge 3 1/2-hour epic, but the producers decided to release them as two films--and lawsuits followed immediately from a cast and crew who wanted to be paid for making… (more)

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