The Three Musketeers (1973 film)

The Three Musketeers is a British comedy film of the American director Richard Lester from the year 1973. The screenplay by George MacDonald Fraser is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas the elder. The shooting took place in Spain, the film premiered in France on 11 December 1973. The work is the first in a series directed by novels of Dumas The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, with the following year - was continued Revenge of Milady, and concluded in 1989 with The Return of the Musketeers.


Paris in the 17th Century: King Louis XIII. has almost lost all his power to Cardinal Richelieu, as it does not recognize the dangers that lurk around him. His wife, Anne of Austria, although does not love him, he is nevertheless true and wants to support the regent in all ways. Both can only hope for the support fewer friends and the Musketeers, a guard of loyal men, including the young, ballsy Hicks D' Artagnan encounters.

As D' Artagnan travels to Paris, he had an unpleasant encounter with Rochefort, a close confidant of Cardinal and leader of the Garde. Just arrived in Paris, he must first join the fight with the three musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis make, with them, however, are their sworn enemies, the guards of Cardinal Richelieu, in the way. In this battle to D' Artagnan takes the side of the Musketeers and fought with them their opponents. So notes the close friendship between him and the Musketeers their start. In addition, D' Artagnan falls in love with the young wife of his host, Constance Bonacieux, who serves the Queen as the body of a dressmaker and closest confidante.

The whole of France except the king knows that Cardinal Richelieu had long wants to overthrow the monarch. In order to finally achieve his goal, he wants to take advantage of the secret liaison between the Queen and the English Duke of Buckingham. When he learns that the Queen has the Duke left a valuable twelve -part Collier as a deposit on her last secret rendezvous, which was a gift from the king, he developed an ingenious plan. For the next ball, to be held in two weeks, the cardinal suggested the king to ask to see his wife the necklace; if they can not fully show it, it would cause a scandal that would overthrow the Queen into the deepest disgrace. At the same time instructed his agent Richelieu Lady de Winter, the Duke of stealing two diamonds from the necklace.

As D' Artagnan learns by Constance of the matter, he declares himself ready to come to England and retrieve the necklace. His Musketierfreunde and his servant Planchet travel with him, but Richelieu and Rochefort have already received their plan wind and arranges several ambushes, which Athos, Porthos and Aramis fall victim. Despite all this, d'Artagnan arrived in England, and with the support of the Dukes the missing stones can be replaced quickly.

D' Artagnan just returns to the beginning of the ball back to the castle and he manages to get up in front of the window of the queen. But when he wants to pass the Constance Collier, try De Winter and the Cardinal guards to prevent this. Only with the sudden reappearance of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis succeeds D' Artagnan, literally to fulfill its mission in the last second. In recognition of his services he shall then be placed in the ranks of the Musketeers, but also has won next to a lover and new friends new enemies who now seek revenge ...



" Dumas known adventure novel in a magnificent and artistically witty remake as unmasking of history kitsch and misunderstood heroism. "

"Noble warriors fight in colorful costumes: The umpteenth film version of the novel by Alexandre Dumas turns out to be fun, brightly colored costume adventure with everything that goes with it: voltage, lard and slapstick. This time drew Beatles' - director Richard Lester ( Yeah Yeah Yeah ',' Hi- Hi- help! ') For staging with top cast responsible. 1974 Lester turned the not entirely serious sequel, The Four Musketeers - Revenge of Milady. '"

Awards (selection)

Society of Film and Television Arts Awards (Stella Awards) 1975


  • Best Original Score ( Michel Legrand )
  • Best Production Design (Brian Eatwell )
  • Best Cinematography (David Watkin )
  • Best Costume Design ( Yvonne Blake )
  • Best Editing ( John Victor- Smith)

Golden Globe Award 1975


  • Best Actress - Comedy or Musical ( Raquel Welch)


  • Best Picture - Musical or Comedy