[[caption-width-right:232:[[AwardBaitSong "Let's make it all for one and all for love..."]]]]
''The Three Musketeers'' is a 1993 film produced by [[Creator/{{Disney}} Walt Disney Pictures]] and very loosely based on the novel ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' by Creator/AlexandreDumas. It stars Chris O'Donnell as D'Artagnan, Creator/KieferSutherland, Creator/CharlieSheen and Oliver Platt as the three Musketeers, Creator/TimCurry as the villainous Cardinal Richelieu, and Rebecca De Mornay as Milady de Winter.

D'Artagnan is on his quest to becoming a Musketeer. During his quest he joins the three titular Musketeers in their own quest to stop a plot against the young King. This adaptation greatly simplifies and alters the story.

The relationship between Athos and AntiVillain Milady de Winter is altered to make the two characters more sympathetic.

!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Does it have Athos in it? Are [[ShooOutTheClowns Aramis and Porthos absent]]? Then this is probably happening.
* AdaptedOut:
** Unlike the book, the Duke of Buckingham is mentioned, but doesn't appear in the film.
** Monsieur de Tréville, the captain of the musketeers, was a major character in the book. No such equivalent appears in the film.
** The musketeers don't have servants in the film, including D'Artagnan's trusty friend Planchet.
* AdaptationNameChange: Milady's real name is changed from Anne to Sabine. Though in the book "Anne" was probably also an alias. Also, the Queen of France is named Anne in the movie, so it saves on confusion.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Milady is made to be far more sympathetic than her book counterpart. One of her last deeds is to tell Athos of the Cardinal's plan to assassinate the king.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** The Duke of Buckingham, while still technically an enemy of France, is an honorable man in the original book.
** Richelieu is far more villainous than the WellIntentionedExtremist AntiVillain he was in the book, [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade not to mention history.]]
** Rochefort, TheDragon, gets no major development, and is killed off at the end of the film. This is despite his starting off as a WorthyOpponent who experiences DefeatMeansFriendship. He is killed in the second novel by D'Artagnan, but on accident, with some mourning afterwards.
** [[AdaptationalHeroism Inverted]] with Milady, who was more villainous and less sympathetic than she is in the movie. [[spoiler:She helps the Musketeers by giving them the information they need to save the king]].
* AncestralWeapon: D'Artagnan's sword belonged to his father. Part of his quest is getting it back from [[TheDragon Rochefort]].
* AlasPoorVillain: The death of [[spoiler: Milady De Winter]] is presented rather tragically, as the character throws themselves down a cliff rather than face an executioner.
* AttackOnOneIsAnAttackOnAll: Girard ends up being chased by the entire musketeer force at the end of the film when he threatens D'Artagnan.
* AwardBaitSong: "All For Love", sung by Music/RodStewart, Music/{{Sting}} and Music/BryanAdams, who co-wrote it.
* BadassCreed: "All for one and one for all!"
** Rochefort repeats it sarcastically when announcing the corp is being disolved. The Cardinal accuses him later of trying to start a riot.
* BandOfBrothers: Their BadassCreed is more than just a creed. It's their very lives.
* BenevolentBoss: King Louis. "These men are not just my personal guards, they are my ''friends!''"
* BerserkButton: Do not diss D'Artagnan's father. Even Gerard, a HarmlessVillain, nearly got himself killed when he called D'Artagnan's father a "disgrace."
** If you value your life, do not question the Musketeers' loyalty to the King in front of Athos. As well, do not make light of a man's duty to God, or abuse your station as a Man of the Cloth, in front of Aramis. As well, Porthos really doesn't like it when you make light of his fame. Granted, we only get the slightest hint that he actually is as famous as he claims, but he nonetheless becomes very murderous the second you accuse him of lying about any of it.
*** Richelieu doesn't take kindly to people or events that go against his plans.
* BetaCouple: In an odd way, the king and queen act as this when compared to her lady-in-waiting Constance and D'Artagnan.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Milady throws herself off a cliff after giving the Musketeers the info they need to save the king.]] Had the character stayed around, they were about to get their head cut off.
* BifurcatedWeapon: Porthos encounters a Ninja, who pulls out his katana, then pulls it apart into two swords, and proceeds to show off his sword shuffling skills before attacking. Porthos, of course, mocks his show and cuts a rope holding a grille in place, sending the Ninja below deck.
* BigFun: Porthos is the life of any party and (he claims) quite successful with the ladies.
* BloodlessCarnage: Despite countless sword slashes, stab wounds, and even a character kicked into the spikes of an iron maiden, there's not a single drop of blood.
* BondOneLiner: Villain example at the start of the movie: After Rochefort executes a thief under Cardinal Richelieu's orders (after promising forgiveness to him "[[FalseReassurance in the name of God]]"), Richelieu chillingly says "One less mouth to feed."
* BookSafe: Aramis (who trained to be a priest) at one point pulls a pistol out of a hollowed-out Bible and shoots one of the Cardinal's guards with it.
%%* BoisterousBruiser: Porthos, the Pirate.
* BrickJoke:
** "The axe was a gift to me from the Czarina of Tokyo."
** Also from Porthos: "Told you I was famous."
* BurningTheFlag: As the Musketeer corps is disbanded and the Cardinal's guards ask what to do with the Musketeer flag, Rochefort tells his men to burn it.
* CampGay: Girard, who even ScreamsLikeALittleGirl.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Cardinal Richelieu's men give chase after the Musketeers hijack the Cardinal's coach:
-->'''Porthos'''''(discovering a chest containing wine and gold coins in the back seat)'': Ah ha! The Cardinal's sacred snack chamber.\\
'''Aramis''': And what have we here? Is he a man of God or a man of gold?\\
'''Porthos''': Champagne?\\
'''Athos''': We're in the middle of a chase, Porthos.\\
'''Porthos''': You're right. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Something red]]. For a chase, the Cardinal recommends his excellent '24 Cabernet. ''(to D'Artagnan)'' You can't have any, you're too young.\\
''(after escaping the Cardinal's men)''\\
'''Porthos''': The picnic was delicious, the champagne was excellent, remind me to send the Cardinal a note.
-->''(to Aramis after a particularly hard turn, spilling wine on his tunic)''\\
'''Porthos''': That's it. Next time, you drive.
* TheCavalry: The other Musketeers in the final act.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: The film ends with D'Artagnan and all the musketeers chasing off Girard and his men. This is also a BookEnds as D'Artagnan's introduction showed him being chased by Girard and his men.
* ChastityDagger: This is a favorite tactic of Milady DeWinter.
* TheChessmaster: Cardinal Richelieu, of course.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The king is portrayed this way (as well as something of a WideEyedIdealist), easily manipulated by Richelieu because of his piety and having to turn to his equally young though much more savvy queen for assistance in navigating the murky political waters of the court. There are indications he isn't quite as naive as he seems and is aware of the manipulations going on, but he still seems fairly helpless and uncertain how to escape them and become an assertive king until he is bolstered by the queen's advice (and inspired by the examples of the Musketeers and D'Artagnan).
* CleanCut: When Richelieu dispatches Rochefort to take care of the Three Musketeers, Rochefort slashes his sword across the top of a candelabra. The candles are undisturbed until, one by one, Rochefort nudges the cleanly-severed tops of the candles off, each accompanied by the names of his enemies.
%%* CombatPragmatist: All four have their moments, but Porthos takes the cake.
* CrashIntoHello: This is how d'Artagnan first meets Porthos and Aramis, resulting in him being challenged to two duels.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByAdaptation:
** Rochefort is killed in a climatic duel with d'Artagnan. In the original book he survives to be fought and killed in one of the sequels.
** D'Artagnan's father is alive in the book.
* DeathbedConfession: Milady tells Athos what she knows about the assassination plot against the King moments before her execution. While the information she shared was not about herself, it was symbolic in her bringing her soul clean and becoming the woman she was when married to Athos.
* DemotedToExtra: Constance has hardly any screentime, and basically only exists to [[spoiler:throw D'Artagnan his sword at the end.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** D'Artagnan fights one of the Cardinal's men on top of some ruins, and knocks him off to his death.
** Lady De Winter, the femme fatale, chooses to fling herself off a cliff rather than suffer a beheading.
** Later in the film D'Artganan surprises the King's assassin on the palace roof, and the fight ends with the assassin getting a crossbow bolt to the heart and falling to the ground below.
** Averted with Rochefort's death; he is clearly stabbed and dies in full view of the audience.
* TheDragon: Rochefort to Richelieu.
* DramaticIrony:
** D'Artagnan comes to Paris to join the Musketeers...right as they are being disbanded by order of Richelieu.
** D'Artagnan, after overhearing of the assassination plot with the Duke of Buckingham, rushes off to warn the other Musketeers and the King, only to collapse from exhaustion on the road and is rescued by Milady de Winter. He then tells her everything he overheard to obtain her help in stopping the horrible scheme...completely unaware, thanks to the hooded cloak the courier had worn when meeting with Richelieu, that she ''was'' the courier.
* TheDreaded: Played for laughs when some Mooks run into Porthos.
-->'''Mook''': It's Porthos the Pirate!\\
''(A few Mooks scream and run for it)''\\
'''D'Artagnan''': Pirate?\\
'''Porthos''': I told you I was famous.
* DrowningMySorrows: Athos does this.
* DrunkDriver: Defied (it is a Disney movie). When Athos takes a bottle of '24 Cabernet, he makes a point to hand the reigns to D'Artagnan before he starts drinking.
* DuelToTheDeath: Between D'Artagnan and Rochefort.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: For each of the Musketeers.
** D'Artagnan is introduced [[RunningGag duelling]] the brother of one of his, er, "romantic conquests" and [[BerserkButton loses his temper]] when the man insults his father.
** Athos is introduced in the former Musketeer headquarters, showing that he's both [[KnightInSourArmor cynical and broody]] and affected by his past.
** Porthos is introduced surrounded by adoring fans, partying and being a clown.
** Aramis is introduced [[SexyPriest seducing his married theology student]].
* ExcuseMeComingThrough: {{Subverted}} when D'Artagnan throws the Cardinal's gold off his coach to the crowd so the crowd blocks the Cardinal's men that are chasing them.
* EyepatchOfPower: Rochefort wears one, because he lost an eye [[spoiler:fighting D'Artagnan's father]].
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Done with [[BoisterousBruiser Porthos]] riding the chandelier down:
-->''[after dropping a group of the Cardinal's guards with a chandelier]''
-->'''Porthos:''' Did I miss anyone?
-->'''Aramis:''' Congratulations, Porthos. You brought down the house.
-->'''Porthos:''' Oh, drat. I was trying to hit Rochefort.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The huge, ugly guard in the dungeons. [[spoiler:Porthos manages to simultaneously impale and crush the guy using some kind of twisted execution device that consists of two walls fitted with iron spikes. This is a Disney film, right? We even see BloodFromTheMouth dribble down his lips, as though the audience might not be sure he's actually dead after being [[HumanPincushion skewered in multiple places by deadly, deadly spikes.]]]]
* {{Fanservice}}: The D'Artagnan/[=DeWinter=] scene is shot with the emphasis on Chris O'Donnell's shirtless chest for the girls/moms and Rebecca [=DeMornay=]'s cleavage for the boys/dads.
* FatalAttraction: The (double) crux of the backstory - Athos married the former Lady de Winter, only to turn her over to the authorities when realizing she'd been condemned for murder - then realizing she probably HAD been innocent - but was, by the time he met her again, guilty of far worse things. [[spoiler:And right after they sorted things out, she DIED. On purpose. To avoid being executed.]]
* {{Flynning}}: Pretty much every fight, but Platt and Wincott above all others.
* FreudianThreat: When Cardinal Richelieu starts making advances on Lady [=DeWinter=] she pulls a knife and holds it to his crotch. Richelieu warns that he can have her executed with "a snap of [his] fingers" to which she replies, "And with a flick of my wrist I could change your religion"; he laughs and backs off.
* GiantMook: The deformed guard whom Porthos fights in the dungeons when pursuing the fleeing Richelieu.
* GiveMeASword: How D'Artagnan wins his fight against Rochefort, when Constance slides it to him.
* GlobalIgnorance: Porthos claims certain items were gifts from non-existent royalty (sash from the ''"Queen of America"'', an axe from the ''"Czarina of Tokyo"''....). It's implied that he knows they don't exist, but is just trying to make himself seem more important.
* GracefulLoser: Oddly enough, [[spoiler:Rochefort accepts his death, admitting that he was wrong about D'Artagnan not being musketeer material.]]
* {{Greed}}: Cardinal Richelieu.
-->All for one... and more for me!
* ILikeThoseOdds: The Musketeers comment amongst themselves that five soldiers against the three of them is hardly fair. D'Artagnan, ComicallyMissingThePoint, tries to point out that there's four of them.
--> '''Porthos:''' Five of them, three of us. Hardly seems fair.
--> '''Aramis:''' Maybe we should give them a chance to surrender.
* InNameOnly: Aside from the character names, the film has virtually nothing in common with the book, going so far as to have an entirely different plot.
* IntimidationDemonstration: Pothos runs into a Japanese mook who twirls his sword around while shouting a {{Kiai}}. Unimpressed, Pothos mockingly imitates him and then drops him down a TrapDoor.
* IronicEcho: Richelieu, during one of his more smarmy scenes, echoes (but twists) the Musketeers' BadassCreed: "All for one...[[{{Greed}} and more for me]]!" Used in many a trailer.
* ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: Rochefort killed D'Artagnan's father.
* IWantThemAlive: Averted with Cardinal Richelieu declaring a bounty on the titular Musketeers: "One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!" (Steps away, then returns) "...I prefer dead!"
* {{Jerkass}}: D'Artagnan is pretty rude and obnoxious to start off with.
* LadyInWaiting: Constance specifically refers to herself as a lady in waiting to the Queen of France.
* LandInTheSaddle: Done early in the film, as part of a chase scene. It also included the stock parody of one of the characters missing the horse.
* LargeHam:
** The Cardinal, but since Creator/TimCurry plays him, it's to be expected.
** Oliver Platt as Porthos. Like Tim Curry, he seems to be there just for the fun of ChewingTheScenery.
* LeaveHimToMe: Rochefort says "He's mine!" to his Cardinal's Guard troops before charging D'Artagnan.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: "Love? Let me tell you about love."
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Arthos has a bit of a story about love. It doesn't end well.
* MoneyToThrowAway: The heroes use this ploy to block pursuers, after discovering a great deal of money in the Cardinal's carriage (which they appropriated).
* TheMunchausen: Porthos does this constantly, his claims to fame including such arrant nonsense as his romance with "the Queen of America". However, during a battle on a ship, two of the Bad Guy's Goons recognize him as "Porthos the Pirate!", scream in terror, and jump into the ocean. Porthos's response: "I told you I was famous."
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: With the exception of Oliver Platt as Porthos, nobody bothers to pronounce "D'Artagnan" the French way. As a result, it ends up sounding like an insouciant affectation on Porthos' part.
** Despite being set in France, there are a lot of American and British accents, but no French ones.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Cardinal is played by Creator/TimCurry. Enough said really.
* OffWithHerHead: What almost happened to Milady before Athos stopped it.
* OhCrap:
** Two mooks realize they're facing Porthos the legendary pirate and instantly jump off the ship the fight is taking place on.
** In the final scene, Girard again tries to demand satisfaction from D'Artagnan, only to realize he's made a de facto challenge to ''the entire musketeer corps''.
* PlayingCyrano: D'Artagnan tries to woo a bar wench using words Aramis had previous used. When he messed up twice in the first few lines, he abandons all attempts and favors Porthos's approach
* PocketProtector: Aramis is shot, but his crucifix stops the bullet. From this he quips, "See? There is a God!"
* PostClimaxConfrontation: After the heroes defeat Cardinal Richelieu and Rochefort and save the King and Queen, they're confronted by a group of thugs who started pursuing D'Artagnan at the beginning of the movie. It's been so long since the audience saw them that their appearance is a surprise.
* PriceOnTheirHead: The Cardinal offers a bounty for the each of the Musketeers after they free D'Artagnan.
-->'''Cardinal Richelieu:''' One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!\\
'''Cardinal Richelieu:''' I prefer dead!
%%* PuppetKing: King Louis.
* QuotingMyself: Aramis recites poetry to a tavern wench. D'Artagnan asks if it's Shakespeare and Aramis replies that it's Aramis.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Milady gives the Musketeers the information they need... and then throws herself off a cliff.
* RedHerringShirt: When D'Artagnan is led to the chopping block, two of the execution personnel turn out to be Porthos and Aramis in disguise, and they're there to rescue him with help from Athos (who takes care of the escape transportation by appropriating the Cardinal's carriage).
* RedShirtArmy: One of the most literal examples of this trope with the Cardinal's guards.
* RefugeInAudacity: Cardinal Richelieu tells his EvilPlan to usurp the throne [[SarcasticConfession directly to the king]], then throws in a few more ludicrous (some of which are ''also'' true, or he wishes they were) claims:
-->''Ah, yes. That is usually the first. Let me see if I remember it correctly. While the English attack from without, the wicked Cardinal undermines from within, forging a secret alliance with Buckingham and placing himself on the throne. But really, Your Majesty, why stop there? I have heard much more festive variations. I make oaths with pagan gods, seduce the queen in her own chamber, teach pigs to dance and horses to fly, and keep the moon carefully hidden within the folds of my robe. Have I forgotten anything?''
** These lines are delivered in Creator/TimCurry's delightful sneer, from which anyone should ''run like the wind''.
* RegentForLife: Cardinal Richelieu has elements of this. (Not so in the book, where he is an EvilChancellor but Louis XIII is already grown up.)
* RunningGag: Girard and his men, pursuing D'Artagnan to defend the honor of his sister.
* SarcasticConfession: When the king ventures to confront Cardinal Richelieu about the rumors of his betrayal, the Cardinal sarcastically rattles off the entire list of his misdeeds and treacherous plans that typically come with such rumors. He starts spicing it up with "more festive variations" involving teaching pigs to dance and horses to fly, hiding the moon in his robes, and seducing the queen in her chamber, the latter of which he had recently attempted. The king's misgivings are thus (temporarily) disarmed.
* ScaredOfWhatsBehindYou: When Gerard and his brothers, who have been looking to fight D'Artagnan throughout the movie, finally confront him at the end of the film, they suddenly scream and run away, because the ''entire Musketeer corps'' comes to back D'Artagnan and starts chasing them.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Two of Lady [=DeWinter=]'s thugs run for it when they realize they're facing Porthos the Pirate.
* SecondPersonAttack: After Rochefort knocks D'artagnan off his horse, the guards surround him and he looks up. Cue a fist flying down at the camera. Pow!
* SeeYouInHell: A variant appears as the group splits up:
-->'''Aramis''': See you in Calais!
-->'''Athos''': Or hell!
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Used when Rochefort skewers a hapless thief in the Bastille's dungeons.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Richelieu and D'Artagnan have a brief moment in the scene where Richelieu questions D'Artagnan when D'Artagnan mentions his desire to join the Musketeers.
-->'''Richelieu''': ''[in a tone that suggests "you haven't read the news much lately, have you?"]'' Bad timing.\\
'''D'Artagnan''': So I've heard.
* SoftWater: Averted. Milady throws herself off a cliff rather than suffer a beheading. Given the rocks in the water below, the distance, and the obvious reactions of the witnesses, it was a real death.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Constance doesn't die.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** There is an argument to be made that this serves as one to ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''. (Adaptations of classic swashbuckling adventures, Michael Wincott as the major supporting antagonist, a score by Music/MichaelKamen, a pop song attached featuring Music/BryanAdams, etc).
** Some, including Creator/LeonardMaltin, compared the film to ''Film/YoungGuns'', largely due to the presence of Creator/KieferSutherland and Creator/CharlieSheen.
* StealthHiBye: D'Artagnan plays it straight. Complete with open window.
* TakeTheWheel: Athos orders D'Artagnan to take the reins of the carriage they're driving so that he can start drinking.
* ThereIsAGod: Aramis says "See? There is a God," after TheReveal that [[PocketProtector his cross stopped the Cardinal's bullet]] and saved his life.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Porthos and Aramis are this in the movie. While Athos is dark and broody, they're much more snarky, and their roles are more comic-relief than plot-important.
* TheUnreveal: We're never told exactly why Aramis went from being one of the Cardinal's students to having a vendetta against him.
* WarriorPoet: D'Artagnan gets the Musketeers to like him by tossing out a one-liner.
-->'''D'Artagnan''': I may not wear the tunic, but I believe I have the heart of a Musketeer.
-->'''Porthos''': Warrior.
-->'''Aramis''': Poet.
* TheWorfEffect: Rochefort defeats [[spoiler: Athos]] to prove how scary he is, only for D'Artagnan to beat him.
* TruthInTelevision: All the dueling. Duels were often planned out in advance and occurred because of very minor slights. It was also common enough that several '''hundred''' French nobles died every year in duels. And the Musketeers were all nobles.
* YouKilledMyFather: D'Artagnan to Rochefort, after that the later taunts him with
-->"How pathetic, killed by the same man that killed your father".
* YouRemindMeOfX: "You, boy, are arrogant, hot-tempered, and entirely too bold. I like that, you remind me of me."