PG | | Action, Adventure, Romance
When French King Louis XIV (Beau Bridges) learns that his twin brother, Philippe (Beau Bridges), could usurp his crown, he sets out to imprison him in the Bastille prison but four loyal musketeers are protecting Philippe.
D'Artagnan was portrayed by Cornel Wilde in this movie and was the latest of many screen appearances for one of the most popular heroes of all time. First, beginning in 1915, D'Artagnan was portrayed in several early Biograph one and two-reelers. D'Artagnan made a major screen debut in the first lavish version of The Three Musketeers (1921) with Douglas Fairbanks in the role. Fairbanks also returned to the part in the initial screen version of The Man in the Iron Mask (1928). Walter Abel portrayed the first D'Artagnan in a movie with sound in The Three Musketeers (1935), and a short time afterward, Don Ameche had filled the adventurer's boots in the book's second re-adaptation, The Three Musketeers (1939), a movie that featured The Ritz Brothers. The production notes for this movie stated: "But Cornel Wilde probably brings the greatest authority to the character as a skillful fencer, who, at an early age, won National Fencing Championship titles and even landed himself a position on the U.S. Olympic Games Fencing Team,"
We can't let this happen and still call ourselves Musketeers.
In the longer version, titled Behind the Iron Mask, Sylvia Kristel, Beau Bridges and Ursula Andress are credited simultaneously (in this order). However, Bridges' name is positioned slightly higher on screen than the two ladies. This way it can appear that either Bridges is top billed (being the highest credit of the three) or Kristel (when reading from left to right). A similar construction was employed during the opening credits of Jaws (1975) for it's three leads.
The US release, running 1 hour and 44 minutes, was cut from an original version released overseas, running 1 hour and 56 minutes. Scenes excised from the US release: