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''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, Creator/FayeDunaway, 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. The 1979 movie ''The Fifth Musketeer'' (released in Europe as ''The Man in the Iron Mask'') isn't part of this continuity, having a different director and screenwriter and a completely different cast.

!!These films provide examples of:
* AdaptationalComicRelief: Porthos is a lot more bumbling and comical than he was in the book. Constance is also much clumsier.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Rochefort.
* 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.]]
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: A battle between the title characters and the Cardinal's men partially occurs in a burning building after a lantern is knocked into a pile of straw.
* 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.
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: D'Artagnan and Rochefort have their epic final duel in a church.
* BookDumb: D'Artagnan.
* 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: During a fight in a laundry, Athos loses his sword and picks up a piece of wet clothing to use as a weapon.
* CombatHaircomb: While fighting Constance Bonacieux over the diamond-studded necklace, Milady pulls a ornamental hairpin out of her hair and uses it as a weapon.
* 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: If it can be tripped over, knocked over, or dropped, Constance would do it. At one point, d'Artagnan hears the crash of a large potted plant falling off a balcony, looks and sees a lady standing on the balcony, and says with satisfaction, "That has to be Constance." It is.
* 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.
* DressHitsFloor: Milady disrobes in this fashion, stepping out of the daintiest of boudoir slippers as well. The camera slowly pans upward from her feet as she moves to dip her toes in the bath, only to find it full of bloody water from Rochefort letting his wounded hand drip into it.
* DrowningMySorrows: Athos gets drunk to forget about his betrayal by Milady De Winter.
* DrowningPit: In ''The Return of the Musketeers'', four of the Duke of Beaufort's supporters are chained to benches in a pit of water up to their neck and forced to operate a pump that will keep the water at that level as long as all four never stop pumping. This is treated as a Funny Background Event.
* DrunkenMaster: Athos.
* DualWielding: Many characters fight with both sword and dagger.
* DuelToTheDeath: D'Artagnan vs. Rochefort.
* EliteMooks: The Cardinal's Guard. Although the novel depicts them as more or less equal to the king's musketeers in training and prestige—and in the first fight sequence the musketeers hesitate before taking them on at 1-2 odds—by the final fight sequences, the heroes are dispatching them by the dozen.
* 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.
* {{Flynning}}: {{Averted}}: Not only was the swordplay highly realistic (with moves like grabbing the opponent's blade, and hitting them with one's cloak), but all the stars were trained swordsmen. Creator/ChristopherLee admitted in an interview that he had to remind Creator/OliverReed during one of their fights that he wasn't really trying to kill him. It didn't help that the swords they used weren't foils.
* 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.
* GiveMeASword: During the duel in the flaming side-building of the convent from which the heroes are attempting to rescue Constance. Porthos just yells "Sword! Sword!", but Aramis does comply.
* 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'' dives out of the castle window into a lake and is last seen swimming away. Raoul starts to follow her but is stopped by D'Artagnan.
-->Do you really want to go after her, boy? Because - by God - I don't!
* HollywoodDarkness: The lantern-light duel between D'Artagnan and Rochefort.
* HumanChess: Featuring animal wearing costumes as pieces.
* IGaveMyWord: D'artagnan is facing Cardinal Richelieu who is about to hang him for a variety of illegal acts which destroyed the Cardinal's plan. D'artagnan hands Richelieu a note which says "By my order and for the good of the state, the bearer has done what has been done", basically a "get out of jail free" card. Richelieu accepts it, says "Be careful what you write, and be careful whom you give it to" (causing D'artagnan and the audience a moment of concern, thinking he is going to rip it up), but then follows this trope straight by honoring the document he himself wrote and releasing D'artagnan, even though it was intended as a blanket pardon to excuse Milady de Winter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.
* 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!
* InterestingSituationDuel: D'Artagnan and Rochefort duel on a frozen pond, with all sorts of slippery fun.
* 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: At the very end, it's revealed that Aramis was the narrator all along.
* 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''.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Rochefort snarls one on spotting D'Artagnan prior to their final duel:
--> "Be advised, Gascon. ''Turn and run!''"
* 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.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The first sign the Duke of Buckingham is a good guy is that he treats D'Artagnan's attempt to pick a fight with him as an innocent mistake... at least after D'Artagnan apologizes.
* ReedSnorkel: Used by D'Artagnan in an attempt to escape Rochefort.
* TheRestShallPass: D'Artagnan and the three musketeers are on a mission for the queen. Along the way they're attacked by various groups sent by Cardinal Richelieu. In one encounter, while fighting a {{Mook}}, Athos orders d'Artagnan to keep going while he stays and keeps the opponent busy.
* RoyalRapier: As with most adaptations, both the Musketeers and the Cardinal's Guard use them.
* SameLanguageDub:
** Jean-Pierre Cassel's (Louis XIII) voice is overdubbed by Creator/RichardBriers.
** In ''The Return of the Musketeers'', Eusebio Lázaro , Jean-Pierre Cassel and Philippe Noiret are all dubbed by British actors.
* 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''.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: D'Artagnan receives a case of wine along with a note that indicates it's from his fellow musketeers. Before he can drink any of it, an enemy {{mook}} drinks some and dies...it was poisoned wine sent by Milady to kill him.
* 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. That said, they do turn Rochefort into TheDragon in order to have a dramatic final sword fight since Milady, the real villain of the book, is a woman who's more of a schemer and manipulator.
* TwoPartTrilogy: {{Inverted}}: ''The Three Musketeers'' and ''The Four Musketeers'' were produced simultaneously. Over a decade later they were followed by ''The Return of the Musketeers''.
* 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!
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Constance gets her hands on a key which she triumphantly dropped into her cleavage--having forgotten that her friends needed that key to unlock the chains and '''rescue''' her. And then, it being a very small key, it slipped further down and she couldn't dig it out. Eventually she tries [[{{Gainaxing}} jumping up and down]] in hopes that it would fly out.
* WomanInWhite: Milady de Winter. If she's not in white, she's in silver, pale pink, or grey.
* WrittenInAbsence: Creator/RichardChamberlain quit ''The Return of the Musketeers'' because he was angry at the producers lack of reaction over the death of Roy Kinnear. This is why Chamberlain's role is so brief in the final film.
* 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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