The 2021 Classic Literature on Film Blogathon – The Three Musketeers (1973)

This is my second of 3 reviews for the The 2021 Classic Literature On Film Blogathon taking place later this week and being hosted by Paul of Silver Screen Classics

Tnx for letting me partake Paul!

“[after challenging Athos, Porthos and Aramis to duels on the same afternoon]

Well, if I am to be killed; at least it will be by a Musketeer.” – D’Artagnan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A young man aspiring to be part of the King’s personal guards known as the Musketeers travels to Paris to fulfill his dream and gets caught up in a conspiracy to try and take over the kingdom.

My Take on it – Fun classic film based on the Alexandre Dumas novel of the same name.

The film sports a great cast which helps make things even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

Faye Dunaway, Charlton Heston, Michael York, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin are all superb here and help cement this story as a true classic due to the way that they all portray their various characters.

The way that the story takes the original premise and makes things a bit more entertaining with the humor works well even though it sometimes feels slightly strained.

The story plays out in the way that anyone knowing the story would expect, but they do add some nice twists and turns along the way that help make it even more enjoyable to watch as things progress.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As a result of producers Alexander, Ilya, and Michael Salkind splitting this movie into two parts, the Screen Actors’ Guild contracts now often feature what is called a “Salkind Clause”, which requires producers to state upfront how many movies are being shot, and that the actors and actresses involved must be paid for each. The latter clause applies even, or even especially, when producers make that decision during or after production. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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5 thoughts on “The 2021 Classic Literature on Film Blogathon – The Three Musketeers (1973)

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  2. I remember (rather vaguely) watching this film as a kid. I assume it was the sequel that was made at the same time – that seems like a very smart (and cost-saving!) thing to do, as long as you’re sure the audience is going to want to see the sequel…


  3. I really love this version and like the original novel, it’s a lot of fun. The casting is perfect although Oliver Reed could be dangerous with a sword in his hand. Apparently there were some injuries thanks to Reed – Christopher Lee claimed that he was just a little too wild with the sword.

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  4. I saw this when it first came out and enjoyed it immensely. The casting was perfect, and it had so much energy and humor (maybe a bit too much energy — and I suspect alcohol — in Oliver Reed’s case. Thanks too for the background on it being a sort of watershed production that resulted in reforms in movie contracts!


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