PG | | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In France in 1649, the services of the Four Musketeers are needed again, and they run into some old foes from twenty years before.
Richard Chamberlain quit this movie because he was angry at the producers lack of reaction over the death of Roy Kinnear. This is why Chamberlain's role is so brief in the final cut. The producers had previously refused Kinnear a stunt double for his riding scenes.
The people of England will permit anything - except cruelty to horses and a rise in the price of beer.
Cromwell is portrayed as leader of the Parliamentarian ('Roundhead') Army and de facto ruler after Charles I's execution. In 1649, however, he was still only second-in-command of the Army (he would not become commander-in-chief until well over a year later, following Sir Thomas Fairfax's resignation). William Lenthall, as Speaker of the House of Commons, was the nearest thing the new English Republic had to a Head of State until Oliver Cromwell took up the reigns of power as Lord Protector in 1653.
The (2009) French DVD edition differs from the earlier UK VHS (and cinema) version. Both Philip Noiret and Jean Pierre Cassel had their voices re-dubbed in the VHS version, but here - on the English language option - their own voices are heard in English. Also several scenes are cut including the scene where D'Artangan gets his assignment from Mazarin to look up his old friends The Three Musketeers and the later scene where King Charles I is playing golf while being arrested by Oliver Cromwell's forces (likewise Michael York's narration of these scenes have been omitted).