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Three Musketeers, The (1974)

Director Richard Lester’s exuberant account of the Alexandre Dumas classic is a rousing mix of knockabout action and coarse-grained humour, performed with obvious merriment by a starry cast.

Michael York is the youthful and artless D’Artagnan with Frank Finlay, Richard Chamberlain and Oliver reed his trusty trio of comrades, up against some decent villains: Charlton Heston’s Cardinal Richelieu, Christopher Lee’s Rochefort, and Faye Dunaway as an acid Milady.

The film was shot at the same time as The Four Musketeers (1974) which resulted in a lawsuit from the actors, who believed they were filming (and getting paid for) one movie only. The £2 million budget took care of a crew of over 200, on 55 locations, with 110 separate and distinct sets and a transport corps of 90 vehicles.

The swordplay, battling and general mayhem produced several accidents: Oliver Reed was twice carted off to the hospital, once to have a broken finger set and once because his palm had been pierced by a sword blade.

Roy Kinnear (Planchet) did his own riding stunts. In 1988, during the filming of the third Richard Lester film in the Musketeers trilogy – The Return of the Musketeers –  Kinnear died on camera after falling from a horse.

Oliver Reed
Constance de Bonacieux
Raquel Welch
Richard Chamberlain
Michael York
Frank Finlay
Christopher Lee
Queen Anne of Austria
Geraldine Chaplin
King Louis XIII
Jean-Pierre Cassel
M. Bonacieux
Spike Milligan
Roy Kinnear
Georges Wilson
Duke of Buckingham
Simon Ward
Faye Dunaway
Cardinal Richelieu
Charlton Heston
D’Artagnan’s Father
Joss Ackland
Maid Kitty
Nicole Calfan
Michael Gothard
Sybil Danning
Gitty Djamal
Ángel del Pozo
Rodney Bewes
D’Artagnan’s Mother
Gretchen Franklin
Sea Captain
Francis De Wolff

Richard Lester