''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, Creator/OliverReed, Richard Chamberlain, and Frank Finlay as the three Musketeers, and Creator/CharltonHeston, Faye Dunaway, 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:
* AdaptationalComicRelief: Porthos.
* TheAlcoholic: Athos. And he's played by Creator/OliverReed.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: Athos, when he tells d'Artagnan the story of the Comte de la Fere. d'Artagnan figures out that Athos was the Comte, and near the end of the film Athos admits it. It plays out much the same in the original novel.
* {{Angrish}}: Porthos's initial reaction to his hat being destroyed.
* 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).
* AudibleSharpness: The first film opens with it.
* BadHabits: [[spoiler:Milady dresses up as a nun to get into the convent where Constance is hiding, and murders her.]]
* 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]].
* BittersweetEnding: Like the book.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: In ''The Four Musketeers'', Milady nearly steps into a bath that has been turned pinkish-red by Rochefort's blood.
* BookDumb: D'Artagnan.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: D'Artagnan and Rochefort have their epic final duel in a church.
* ButtMonkey: Porthos. Planchet as well.
* TheCavalry: In the climax of the first film, D'Artagnan and Constance separately fight off the Cardinal's men and Milady to secure the Queen's diamond necklace. D'Artagnan is outnumbered, but the three Musketeers (and Planchet in a bear suit) turn up just in time to help D'Artagnan. The sub-trope of "a race against time to save the heroes" is parodied with the Musketeers riding not horses but litters.
* ClothingCombat: Deployed often.
* CombatHaircomb
* CombatPragmatist: Sword fights 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''.
* CoolSword:
** D'Artagnan is given a sword with a spring-activated knife blade in the hilt by the Duke of Buckingham.
** Parodied with the Musketeer sword D'Artagnan gets from his dad at the very start of the first film. Rather than serving as a cherished heirloom weapon, it's snapped six inches above the hilt the first time D'Artagnan tries to use it in combat.
* CrashIntoHello: How D'Artagnan meets the musketeers, as in the book.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Constance.
* TheDandy: Aramis.
* DarkActionGirl: Justine de Winter.
* DeconstructorFleet: The films manage to land as an affectionate homage to classic swashbuckling movies from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, even while they viciously subvert tons of the genre's tropes.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: D'Artagnan treats his servant [[ButtMonkey Planchet]] (played by frequent Lester collaborator Roy Kinnear) like dirt. This is PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Sailor:''' This pass is only for one person!\\
'''D'Artagnan:''' ''I'' am only one person. That is a servant.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Constance and Milady in the climax of the first film. They use {{Improvised Weapon}}s like a lit candlestick and a tiara.
* 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. Creator/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).
* TheDoorSlamsYou: The Duke of Buckingham slams open a secret door, hitting Planchet who's standing behind it.
* TheDragon: Rochefort to Richelieu.
* DrowningMySorrows: Athos gets drunk to forget about his betrayal by Milady De Winter.
* DrunkenMaster: Athos.
* DualWielding:
* DuelToTheDeath: D'Artagnan vs. Rochefort.
* EliteMooks: The Cardinal's Guards.
* EyepatchOfPower: Creator/ChristopherLee started a trend for movie Rocheforts by sporting one. Michael Wincott and Mads Mikkelsen had one in the [[Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993 1993]] and [[Film/TheThreeMusketeers2011 2011]] versions, and Tim Roth had one in [[Film/TheMusketeer 2001]] though his character wasn't Rochefort, but an {{Expy}} of Wincott's (and the actual Rochefort was a separate character).
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: Before Rochefort 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".
* FailedDramaticExit: D'Artagnan leaps out of a window in pursuit of Rochefort...only to land on a raising platform and have to climb back in and go down the stairs anyway.
* {{Fanfare}}: One is to be played for the King of France. One of the Musketeers needs a distraction, so he tries to play the fanfare and fails badly. However, the other musicians think it's time and play the fanfare correctly.
* 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).
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The film becomes ''much'' funnier when you watch the facial expressions of the random extras reacting to King Louis' latest bit of loony behavior.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Milady's and Queen Anne's are particularly beautiful. ''The Four Musketeers'' received an Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.
* HatDamage: Happens to Porthos in a fight.
* 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.
* HumanChess: Featuring animal wearing costumes as pieces.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: None of the firing squad manages to hit 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!
* ItsPersonal: D'Artagnan engages in DuelToTheDeath with Rochefort [[spoiler:because he thinks he killed Constance]].
* TheKlutz: Constance, a far cry from how she's portrayed in the book.
* LargeHam: "YOU have deCIEVED ME!"
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: In one scene, the King of France is eating hors d'oeuvres off plates balanced on the heads of dwarf servants. This is mainly to emphasize the decadence of his court, and is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_dwarf Truth In Television]].
* MarkOfShame: the brand on Milady's shoulder.
* MookLieutenant: Jussac.
* NPlusOneSequelTitle: ''The Four Musketeers''.
* NarratorAllAlong: Aramis.
* NeverLearnedToRead: D'Artagnan. He tries to hide it, but admits it to the Duke of Buckingham.
* 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 near the end of a fist-sized potato being removed from the same brazier that's heating up the branding irons and placed in a copper bowl near the end. 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.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Just try to spot a French accent. Go on.
* NothingPersonal: "I have no enemies. ''France'' has enemies."
* PayingForTheActionScene: Subverted. Temporarily embarrassed for funds and very much in need of food and drink, the Musketeers and D'Artagnan's servant Planchet cause chaos in an inn with a long, furious and faked fight...which is a pretext for numerous tricks to purloin said food and drink for later consumption at their leisure.
* PowderTrail: One is used to destroy the Musketeers' ship in ''The Return of the Musketeers''.
* PullingTheRugOut: PlayedForLaughs. Near the end of the movie D'Artagnan confronts several guards inside the palace. He grabs the rug they're standing on and tries to pull it out from under them, but only succeeds in ripping off the edge of the rug.
* PuppetKing: Louis.
* ReedSnorkel: Used by D'Artagnan in an attempt to escape Rochefort.
* RoyalRapier: As with most adaptations, both the Musketeers and the Cardinal's Guard use them.
* SexyDiscretionShot: The film uses a textbook 'candle dissolves to a much-shorter candle' shot to indicate d'Artagnan has successfully convinced Madame Bonacieux "why, that's the best place for you, bed ..."
* ShirtlessScene: D'Artagnan has several of these.
* StalkerShrine: The Duke of Buckingham keeps a painting of Queen Anne in a secret room surrounded by hundreds of candles. Possibly a subversion - since they're in love with each other, it comes across as romantic rather than stalkerish.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:Poor Contance]].
* 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''.
* TelephonePolearm: Planchett helps D'Artagnan out in a duel by hitting Rochefort with a tree.
* ThemeMusicAbandonment: Although the first two films were produced simultaneously and are two halves of the same story, have completely different scores written by two different composers. The sequel thus lacks the first movie's very distinctive main themes.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks:
** DoubleSubverted -- Porthos invents a move involving throwing his sword at the enemy in the same motion as drawing it. 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.
* TooImportantToWalk: Carriages are shown often.
* TruerToTheText: The first two movies, despite some combining, cutting and killing off of characters and a generous dose of slapstick, is extremely close to the source material than most other versions. The third is, as stated, a loose adaptation.
* TwoPartTrilogy
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: D'Artagnan's father teaches him the move. It does not work in actual combat.
* TheVamp: Milady de Winter.
* VariantChess: Animal pieces.
* VerbalBackspace:
-->'''Cardinal Richelieu:''' Do you know your accuser? Who brought you here?\\
'''M. Bonacieux:''' ''[pointing at Rochefort]'' That! That is the man!\\
'''Cardinal Richelieu:''' Take him away!\\
'''M. Bonacieux:''' That is not the man! It was another man altogether!
* WomanInWhite: Milady de Winter. If she's not in white, she's in silver, pale pink, or grey.
* YourCheatingHeart: Queen Anne cheats on her husband with the Duke of Buckingham, and the Duke cheats on her with Milady de Winter. Constance is cheating on her husband with D'Artagnan, D'Artagnan cheats on her with Milady's servant, Kitty, and Milady herself.
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