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A 1978 Soviet miniseries, one of many, many adaptations of the Creator/AlexandreDumas novel ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''. This particular version, however, is the most well-known and definitely the most iconic in the former Soviet Union. Executed as a low-budget semi-musical, with most of its songs becoming national classics, it consists of three episodes making 220 minutes in length in total -- a common practice in the country at that time.

The four lead actors -- Mikhail Boyarsky as d'Artagnan, Veniamin Smekhov as Athos, Valentin Smirnitsky as Porthos and Igor Starygin as Aramis -- became famous overnight in the Union after the movie's release, and "playing musketeers" quickly became one of the favorite pastimes of Soviet kids. They remained good friends after the filming, and were so enthusiastic about the project that they often assumed their character identities even off stage -- for example, when heading out to local bars in Odessa, having no time to take off their musketeer costumes because of the tight filming schedule.

The four later reprised their roles in three sequels, filmed after the Soviet Union fell: two based on Dumas' sequels to the novel (''Musketeers Twenty Years After'', 1992, and ''The Secret of Queen Anne or Musketeers Thirty Years After'', 1993), and [[TrilogyCreep a fourth one]] in 2007, of which the less is said, the better.

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!! Provides examples of:

* AgeLift: The King, The Queen and Monsieur de Treville are all twentysomethings in the book but played by middle aged actors.
* AscendedExtra: Jussac is an episodic character in the book but becomes a recurring antagonist for the heroes (though not the BigBad) by replacing several other minor antagonists.
* BarBrawl: Several.
* BigDamnHeroes / TheCavalry: When d'Artagnan arrives to the royal palace with the diamonds, [[OneManArmy he fights the hordes of the Cardinal's guards]] but [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll is ultimately overpowered]]. And then the three musketeers ride in to save the day.
* ChessMotif: During d'Artagnan's audience with the Cardinal they play chess. [[WorthyOpponent Richelieu praises d'Artagnan for stalemating]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Madlen in the sequel, full stop.
* CompositeCharacter: Lord Winter is removed from the movie, and Felton assumes his role.
** Jussac who besides his book counterpart filfulls the roles of Comte de Wardes and a couple of characters from the sequel.
** Madame de Chevreuse from ''Twenty Years After'' is a composite of her book counterpart and Madame de Longueville.
* CrashIntoHello:
-->'''La Chesnaye''': First part of the Ballet of La Merlaison!
-->''[everyone dances]''
-->'''La Chesnaye''': Second part of the Ballet of La Merlaison!
-->''[d'Artagnan, hurrying to return the queen's diamond studs, runs from offscreen and falls onto him]''
* DawsonCasting: Boyarsky was 28 at the time the movie was filmed, while d'Artagnan is 18 in the book. This made for some {{Narm}} in a scene when d'Artagnan states his supposed age.
** [[PlayingGertrude Inverted]] in the sequel with Madame de Chevreuse. Olga Kabo was 22 when the production started - far too young to [[spoiler: have a 15-year old son]].
* DisproportionateRetribution / EvilIsPetty: As the result of CompressedAdaptation, Milady's only reason for trying to murder d'Artagnan and murdering Constance Bonacieux is d'Artagnan upstaging her with the queen's diamonds.
* DistressedDude: Raoul [[AdaptationalWimp is turned into this]] in ''Musketeers Twenty Years After''.
* EasyEvangelism: Apparently the woman he was sent to kill claiming to be of one faith with him is enough to convince Felton to turn against his master and kill HIM instead. In the book it takes days of [[ManipulativeBitch careful and well-thought manipulation]] on Milady's part to convert him to her side. In the movie she pulls it off in ''minutes'' of one emotional scene.
* GratuitousFrench: In the songs ("Paris needs money, ''c'est la vie''"). Averted in regular dialogue, even though the setting just begged for it.
* IHaveManyNames: Pointed out by Athos in a line absent from the book.
-->'''Athos''': Anne de Breuil, Lady Clarick, Charlotte Backson, Baroness of Sheffield, Comtesse de La Fère, Lady Winter. See — there are so many of you, and so few of me.
* LiveActionAdaptation
* {{Mondegreen}}: Thanks to its large number of memorable songs, this was one of the richest sources of Mondegreens for its time. "Pourquoi pas" (French for "why not?") was interpreted variously as "pol-klopa" (Russian for "half a bedbug") or nonsensical non-words like "purklapa" or "kuklafa". Purely Russian lyrics weren't free either: "krasavitse i kubku" ("to the beautiful woman and the cup") is often misheard as "krasavitse Ikuku" ("to the beautiful woman Ikuku").
* {{Mooks}}: The Cardinal's Guard.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Milady ''claims'' this was the reason she poisoned Constance. Wierdly enough this scene is absent from the book even though the whole romantic plot between d'Artagnan and Milady was cut out from the movie.
* TheMusical
* PragmaticAdaptation: Many of the less plot-important scenes from the novel were removed to make the whole story fit into 220 minutes. (And to make room for the songs.)
* SparedByAdaptation: Mordaunt in ''Musketeers Twenty Years After''... sort of. He does die, but much later in the story.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Both the Queen and her maid try using this to conceal the letters the Queen had written to her secret lover. It never works.