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Three Musketeers

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  Three Musketeers Review
Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
3.00 /10
Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell
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Directed by: Stephen Herek
Written by: David Loughery, Freely adapted from Alexandre Dumas's novel

Released: 1993
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 106

After Young Guns 2, it’s Young Muskets 3 - with Aramis (Charlie Sheen), Athos (Kiefer Sutherland) and Porthos (Oliver Platt). But don’t expect Pathos.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Stephen Herek’s film lacks the panache of Richard Lester’s 1973 version. It is let down by tatty editing and inept plotting, but most of all by the charmless central characters: they come across as slightly less differentiated than Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as the would-be Musketeer, D’Artagnan, Chris O’Donnell is an all-American pain. No one will pretend this is a good film.

But, if you’re in the mood, it’s an enjoyable bad one: fast-moving, irreverent and with flashes of wit. It fails to repeat the success of Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves ; but there’s the same swordplay, cheerful contempt for period accuracy and another terrific British actor as chief villain.

Tim Curry effortlessly steals the show as a wickedly camp Cardinal Richelieu (a foul calumny by Dumas, incidentally, against an upright and respected statesman). Curry has all the best lines, not least when he updates the Musketeers’ motto to suit himself: “One for all,” he smirks, “and more for me!” Not for the first time in such films, you may find yourself cheering on the villain.


Handsome but pallid affair aimed squarely at a young Disney audience... Curry steals the film... Also aces is Platt.


Tim Curry as Cardinal Richelieu camps his villainy up to a ludicrous degree. It is fast, often silly, but certainly enjoyable, and the Austrian locations have been used with considerable imagination.

(George Perry, Sunday Times)


There should be a better reason for re-making The Three Musketeers than to provide a vehicle for whiskery Brat-packers whose careers are on the slide.

(Sheila Johnstone, Independent)

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