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Korvessa27 Jun 2020 2:55 p.m. PST

Inspired by a recent thread on who made the best Napoleon, I ask who were your favorites from the zillion movies on The three Musketeers?
Personally, I love everything about the 1973 version and hate just about everything from the 1993 & 2011 versions.

1921 1948 1973 1993 2011
D'Artagnan Douglas Fairbanks Gene Kelly Michael York Chris O'Donnell Logan
Athos Leon Bary Van Heflin Oliver Reed Keifer Sutherland Matthew Macfadyen
Porthos George Siegmann Gig Young Frank Finlay Oliver Platt Ray Stevenson
Aramis Eugene
Pallette Robert Coote Richard Chamberlain Charlie Sheen Luke Evans
Constance Marguerite
de la Motte June Allyson Raquel Welch Julie Delpy Gabriella Wilde
Richelieu Nigel
De Brulier Vincent Price Charlton Heston Tim Curry Christopher Waltz
Rochefort Boyd Irwin Ian Keith Christopher Lee Michael Wincott Madds Mikkelson
MiLady Barbara
la Marr Lana Turner Faye Dunaway Rebecca
De Mornay Milla Jojovich

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse27 Jun 2020 3:03 p.m. PST

The 1973 version is definitely my favorite, as well as the sequel. I don't hate the 1993 version though.

Prof Pate27 Jun 2020 4:19 p.m. PST

You have give Tim Curry as best Richelieu. He's a superb villain in anything.


Shout out for Roy Kimber whose phobia about horses proved tragically prophetic.

Basha Felika27 Jun 2020 4:22 p.m. PST

I'm with you on 73. Scripted by George McDonald Fraser ((Flashman), Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch and a host of great supporting actors, it cannot be bettered.

You know that the 2 films were shot simultaneously, which created problems later when the actors realised they'd dome 2 films for the price of one?

Basha Felika27 Jun 2020 4:24 p.m. PST

Prof Pate: I'd have to agree, it's a tough call between Charlton Heston and Tim Curry as Richelieu!

William Warner27 Jun 2020 4:43 p.m. PST

I vote for the '73 version as well. The sword fighting scenes were really intense and the actors were hard to beat. I especially liked Michael York's D'Artagnan.

USAFpilot In the TMP Dawghouse27 Jun 2020 5:04 p.m. PST

73 for me too. May have been the first version I ever saw. As I get older, I find that I prefer older movies.

Robert le Diable27 Jun 2020 5:06 p.m. PST

Korvessa; Eugene Pallette? Wasn't he "Friar Tuck" in the Errol Flynn film of "Robin Hood"? Admittedly, in 1921 he'd have been a good fifteen years younger, but still….
Not very familiar with all these films/movies – I think the Gene Kelly one was that which I first saw, as a child, and so established the mental image of Dumas' texts – but I do remember thinking the Michael York, Oliver Reed and Spike Milligan version/versions too often deliberately farcical. Mind you, I was by then no longer a child!
What about Gabriel Byrne as d'Artagnan in a comparatively recent version of "The Man in the Iron Mask"?

Korvessa27 Jun 2020 6:07 p.m. PST

Of course who could forget Alan Hale Sr. portrayal of Porthos in "Man in the iron Mask."

Although all I could see is the Skipper.

john snelling27 Jun 2020 6:48 p.m. PST

The Three Musketeers (1948 film), an MGM production starring Gene Kelly, Van Heflin, Lana Turner, and June Allyson. For me.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2020 7:34 p.m. PST

Yep, 1973 for me as well.

Rachel, Charleton and others are simply superb.

Some of the others are pretty decent too, though they all kind of run together for me, since I haven't seen them in some time, so can't comment on the others.

KevinV27 Jun 2020 7:53 p.m. PST

Jean Pierre Cassel as Louis Xiii was so perfect.
I love the 1973 version. We watch them at paint night often.

Korvessa27 Jun 2020 8:10 p.m. PST

I watched it last night
Probably watch it 2-3 times a year these days

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2020 8:49 p.m. PST

1973 and sequel for me, they were the best.

BillyNM27 Jun 2020 10:43 p.m. PST

The '73 Richard Lester versions are the ones for me and I agree that Charlton Heston's Richelieu is great – he plays him as a statesman rather than a cardboard cut out villain.

parrskool28 Jun 2020 1:34 a.m. PST

The Three Musketeers (1948 film), for more stylish fencing !

Sho Boki Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2020 6:39 a.m. PST

1961 version. Best film about French Musketeers must be made by French.

Huscarle28 Jun 2020 7:30 a.m. PST

1948 version for me, closely followed by the 1973 version. I can easily watch either film grin

Prof Pate, I believe you mean Roy Kinnear.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jun 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

The 1973 version is my favorite. It has a subtle sense of humor and little sight gags throughout the film. For example, one of the good guys is riding his horse underneath a large tree and a bad guy jumps out of the tree, trying to land on top of the good guy to do him in. Bad Guy's timing is really bad as he just misses landing on the rider, falling face first into the ground while Good Guy just keeps riding on, oblivious to what almost happened to him. It gave me a good laugh.

Legion 428 Jun 2020 8:12 a.m. PST

Any movie with Rachel Welch in it is my favorite ! evil grin "Hubba hubba !" wink

mghFond28 Jun 2020 9:50 a.m. PST

OK, I will be in the minority here but…

I actually really enjoyed the 2011 version. Good casting, first time they cast someone the right age for the novel D'Artagnan. Mila Jovovich excellent Lady de Wynter.
Also good swordfight sequences.

That said I always enjoy the two Lester 1973 movies too. Heston is by far my favorite Cardinal portrayal. He even looks like the real portraits of the historical figure.

KSmyth28 Jun 2020 10:09 a.m. PST

The 1973 Richard Lester movies, without question, are my favorite. They were well-acted and fun. It's no accident the excellent Eureka Three Musketeer figures are modeled on Frank Finlay, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York and Raquel Welch. The DVD set that was released a few years back offers an explanation of why the movie was so controversial-that actors were paid for only one movie, but it was released in two parts and they shared none of the profits from the second movie. That practice is now banned in Hollywood.

Dukewilliam Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2020 1:03 p.m. PST

Yeah 73 for me. My big brother and idol took me. Kinda hard to beat that for me.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2020 4:00 p.m. PST

Absolutely Lester's '73 versions. Nothing before or since has come close to the quality of casting, acting, realistic costumes, settings, pacing, and action.

Korvessa28 Jun 2020 6:12 p.m. PST

I like the small touches.
In one scene you can here a fisherman calling the mackerels.

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