''The Three Musketeers'' (1973) and ''The Four Musketeers'' (1974) are a two-part film adaptation of the novel ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas. Directed by Richard Lester from a screenplay by Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser, they star Michael York as D'Artagnan, OliverReed, Richard Chamberlain, and Frank Finlay as the three musketeers, and Creator/CharltonHeston and Creator/ChristopherLee as the villains.

The director, screenwriter and much of the cast reunited for ''The Return of the Musketeers'' in 1989, loosely based on the novel ''Twenty Years After''. And in 2003, Michael York returned to the role again in the French film ''La Femme Musketeer'', about D'Artagnan's daughter.

!!These films provide examples of:

* AudibleSharpness: The first film opens with it.
* {{Angrish}}: Porthos's initial reaction to his hat being destroyed (see Inflationary Dialogue, below).
* AntiVillain: Richelieu. The heroes support Richelieu's goal (the integrity and greatness of France), they just can't stomach his methods (exposing the Queen's adultery, having Buckingham assassinated to prevent an English invasion).
* BedmateReveal: ''The Four Musketeers'' has D'Artagnan waking up in bed with Milady. And then he spots something she doesn't want him to see and she comes after him with a [[AwesomeButImpractical glass dagger filled with acid]].
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: In ''The Four Musketeers'', Milady nearly steps into a bath that has been turned pinkish-red by Rochefort's blood.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: D'Artagnan and Rochefort have their epic final duel in a church.
* CombatHaircomb
* CombatPragmatist: See below under Sword Fight.
* CoolSword: D'Artagnan is given a sword with a spring-activated knife blade in the hilt by the Duke of Buckingham.
* DarkActionGirl: Justine de Winter.
* DeconstructorFleet: The films manage to land as an affectionate homage to classic swashbuckling movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood, even while they viciously subvert tons of the genre's tropes.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: D'Artagnan treats his servant [[ButtMonkey Planchet]] like dirt. This is PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Sailor:''' This pass is only for one person!
-->'''D'Artagnan:''' ''I'' am only one person. That is a servant.
* DividedForPublication: Planned and shot as a single film before the decision was made to split it into two, resulting in some legal wrangling over how many films' worth of payment the actors were due.
** CharltonHeston was allegedly the only cast member who didn't feel cheated by the double shoot - he felt fully compensated as the part of Richelieu was not much bigger than a cameo (though far more important).
* TheDragon: Rochefort to Richelieu.
* DrowningMySorrows: Athos gets drunk to forget about his betrayal by Milady De Winter.
* EyepatchOfPower: Christopher Lee started a trend for movie Rocheforts by sporting one. Michael Wincott and Mads Mikkelsen had one in the 1993 and 2011 versions, and Tim Roth had one in 2001 though his character wasn't Rochefort, but an {{Expy}} of Wincott's (and the actual Rochefort was a separate character.)
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Before Rocheforts is to be executed by firing squad, a man is trying to put a blindfold on him, but can't figure out how to work around the eye patch. He dryly says, "perhaps I could just close one eye".
* ForgedMessage: In ''The Four Musketeers'', Milady send d'Artagnan a case of poisoned wine along with a letter supposedly from Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Luckily d'Artagnan decides to find them first before drinking the wine.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Athos (phlegmatic), Porthos (choleric), Aramis (melancholic), d'Artagnan (sanguine).
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Milady's and Queen Anne's are particularly beautiful.
* HatDamage: Happens to Porthos and leads to the InflationaryDialogue below.
* HeroicBSOD: D'Artagnan has one after he finds [[spoiler: that Constance has been murdered]]
* HighDiveEscape: Justine de Winter in ''The Return of the Musketeers''.
* HollywoodDarkness: The lantern-light duel between D'Artagnan and Rochefort.
* InflationaryDialogue: Porthos ransacks his enemy's purse after his hat gets ruined in a fight:
-->'''Porthos''': God's blood!! Look at that...! Ruined by you and your, your street-corner ruffians! By God, you'll pay for it! ''[Rifles the purse of a fallen Guardsman]'' Ten pistoles it cost me! ''[Reconsiders on seeing the contents of the purse]'' No -- twenty! Twenty pistoles! And twenty more, as a fine to teach you manners! Hah!
* MarkOfShame: the brand on Milady's shoulder.
* NoodleImplements: One scene shows a group of torturers preparing to torture Monsieur Bonacieux in the Bastille, with the usual rack and branding irons and such, with an incongruous shot of a fist-sized potato being placed in a copper bowl near the end.
** And then Richelieu glances at the potato and glares at the torturers, who shrug nonchalantly.
*** The potato in question is removed from the same brazier that's heating up the branding irons. Either a roasted potato is crucial in some nefarious torture, or one of the torturers is feeling peckish and getting a head start on lunch. Given his exasperated look, Richelieu is probably leaning towards the latter explanation.
* PowderTrail: One is used to destroy the Musketeers' ship in ''The Return of the Musketeers''.
* ReedSnorkel: Used by D'Artagnan in an attempt to escape Rochefort.
* SwordFight: Takes pride in giving fiction's most famous swashbucklers decidedly non-[[{{Flynning}} Flynn]] moves. Examples include sucker punching, groin kicking, blinding with cloaks or laundry, bashing with convenient chairs, and ''reversing the sword to beat the bad guy with the grip''.
* TheVamp: Milady de Winter.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: DoubleSubverted -- Porthos invents a move involving throwing his sword at the enemy. Aramis, unimpressed, asks Porthos to perform this move on him and easily parries the thrown blade, pointing out that Porthos is unarmed now. Later however, Porthos uses this move anyway, and it does work as intended.
** This gets a CallBack in ''The Return of the Musketeers'' when a wounded Porthos throws his sword at Justine during the final battle. He misses, but does distract her at a crucial moment, allowing D'Artagnan and Raoul to turn the tide of the battle.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: D'Artagnan's father teaches him the move. It does not work in actual combat.
* WomanInWhite: Milady de Winter. If she's not in white, she's in silver, pale pink, or grey.

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