Film: The Musketeer

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Rochefort: You have an interesting fighting style. Where did you acquire it?
D'Artagnan: Here and there.
Rochefort: Perhaps there. Certainly not here.

The Musketeer is a 2001 film directed by Peter Hyams, very loosely based on the classic adventure novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Tim Roth, Catherine Deneuve, Mena Suvari and Justin Chambers as D'Artagnan.

As the title indicates, this adaptation beefs up the role of the main protagonist D'Artagnan, resulting in less focus on him and the titular trio being True Companions. The original plot is pretty much abandoned.

It also stands out among the many Three Musketeers movies by taking influence from the Chinese wuxia film genre, giving D'Artagnan "exotic" Eastern-style Implausible Fencing Powers and making him do insane Jackie Chan-style stunts - like a sword fight in a room full of ladders, or while hanging on ropes while scaling a tower. The fight choreography was handled by Xin-Xin Xiong, associate of director Tsui Hark.

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This film contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: D'Artagnan's servant Planchet becomes his mentor, father figure and a pistol-packing Gun Nut who carries a cannon in his carriage.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Love Interest Constance Bonacieux becomes Francesca.
  • Adapted Out: The usual Femme Fatale, Milady de Winter.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cardinal Richelieu's henchman Febre the Man in Black (Tim Roth). To the point that Richelieu has to plead with D'Artagnan to stop him by the end.
  • Bar Brawl: On the road to Paris, D'Artagnan stops at an inn where this breaks out. Rochefort is an observer instead of the one fighting D'Artagnan as in the book.
  • Billing Displacement: Look at the poster up there. Catherine Deneuve, who plays the supporting role of Queen Ann, is billed first. That last name you see? In case you can't see it, it's Justin Chambers. Who plays the title role.
  • Bowdlerize: Francesca is Monsieur Bonacieux's niece, instead of wife.
  • Death by Adaptation: D'Artagnan's father, yet again. And his mother too.
  • Damsel in Distress: At the climax of the film Febre takes Francesca and the Queen hostage in a castle.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Febre is The Dragon to Richelieu, but its he that D'Artagnan wants to kill. And given that Richelieu is just an Anti-Villain and Febre a murderous sociopath, Richelieu is inclined to allow it.
  • Expy: Febre is one for the depiction of Rochefort in the 1993 film version. Rochefort himself is a separate character. He also takes on the role of Milady, both being Richelieu's ruthless assassin who turn out to be too dangerous to control.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Febre wears one shaped more like a bandage.
  • Eye Scream: Febre is blinded in one eye when he kills D'Artagnan's parents. D'Artagnan himself did it as a boy.
  • Frame-Up: Febre and his men massacre a Spanish ambassador and his retinue and leaves a Musketeer tunic behind. Naturally, the King disbands the Musketeers.
  • Landing in Someone's Bathtub: In the same room, at least.
  • MacGyvering: The Musketeers attach a fuse to a wine cask and use it to blow open the door during a Jail Break.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Rochefort, who is demoted from being The Dragon as in other movie versions. When Febre breaks away from the Cardinal, he tries to stop him but only gets killed for his trouble.
  • Storming the Castle: D'Artagnan goes off to rescue Francesca and the Queen all on his own, but the entire Musketeer corps shows up to help.
  • Those Two Guys: Porthos and Aramis, since Athos is Demoted to Extra. They're respectively Fat and Skinny.
  • You Killed My Father: Febre made D'Artagnan an orphan.