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.
Constance de Bonacieux
Queen Anne of Austria
King Louis XIII
Duke of Buckingham
Ángel del Pozo
Francis De Wolff