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Swords drawn and adrenaline pumping, D'Artagnan and his fellow Musketeers are poised for battle. As always, these legendary men of action are sworn to fight duels and right wrongs, but never before have they plunged into the fray with such balletic grace and acrobatic freedom. Because in this telling of their courageous feats, the Musketeers are not only defying the powers-that-be in 17th century France, they are also defying gravity.

Peter Hyams' action-adventure The Musketeer weds the classic swordplay and chivalry of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers with the gravity--defying dazzle of Hong Kong action choreography. The film's tight sequences mix eastern and western styles, fusing 17th century swashbuckling with samurai action.

The result is a Musketeer film like none ever seen before, a new and thrilling vision of Dumas' classic, done in a style that is both timeless and contemporary.

The Musketeer stars newcomer Justin Chambers as D'Artagnan, a dashing swordsman whose courage and willful nature place him at odds with powerful forces in 17th century Paris. The film's international cast also includes Tim Roth as the ruthless Febre, Irish actor Stephen Rea as the ultra-political Cardinal Richelieu, French film icon Catherine Deneuve as the Queen of France and Mena Suvari as the beautiful Francesca, who claims D'Artagnan's heart on sight.

Hot Hong Kong action choreographer Xin-Xin Xiong (Time and Tide, The Colony) joined Hyams' behind-the-camera team to design the film's fight sequences, some of the most breathtaking and imaginative since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Now when the Musketeers cross swords and vault palace walls, they transcend space, gravity and the limits of their own bodies as they fight to save a nation and regain their honor.

Set in a time of intrigue and betrayal, the film follows D'Artagnan's exploits as he embarks from the village of Gascogne intent on a dual mission: to join the King's elite guard, the Royal Musketeers, and search for the man who killed his parents 14 years earlier. In addition to the expected thieves and cut-throats on the road to Paris, he meets formidable enemies in the capitol: the conniving Cardinal Richelieu and his army of enforcers, led by the cold-blooded man in black, Febre.

The young swordsman searches Paris for Aramis (Nick Moran), Athos (Jan Gregor Kremp) and Porthos (Steve Speirs), the robust trio at the heart of the King's guard. But instead of heroes, he finds aimless, disheveled and bitter men. The entire legion of Musketeers has been stripped of its commission, and their captain, the chivalrous Treville, has been imprisoned for a sensational political murder, a murder actually committed by Febre.

D'Artagnan will fight alone if he must, but is pleased when the lovely Francesca becomes his ally. Like D'Artagnan, the feisty chambermaid is an orphan, whose mother was the Queen's dressmaker. She has the Queen's ear and is not afraid to risk her own life to protect the embattled Sovereign. She enlists D'Artagnan in her cause and as the two embark on a daring mission to save the Queen from Febre's brutal hand, they also fall in love.

Meanwhile, the Musketeers grow more restless. D'Artagnan's father had fought with these very men and the young man's grizzled guardian, Planchet (Jean-Pierre Castaldi), has schooled him in their ways. Their motto burns in his heart: "One for all and all for one!" The time for action has come...

DVD Features

  • Region 1
  • Keep Case
  • Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85:1
    Audio:
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French
  • DTS Surround 5.1 - English
    Additional Release Material:
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Cast

Catherine DeneuveThe Queen
Mena SuvariFrancesca Bonacieux
Stephen ReaCardinal Richelieu
Tim RothFebre the Man in Black
Justin ChambersD'Artagnan
Bill TreacherBonacieux
David SchofieldRochefort
Nick MoranAramis
Steve SpeirsPorthos

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Peter Hyams
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 104 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 7, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 4, 2003
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