The Three Musketeers is a 1993 film very loosely based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Chris O'Donnell as D'Artagnan, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Oliver Platt as the three musketeers, Tim Curry 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 title 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 Anti-Villain Milady de Winter is altered to make the two characters more sympathetic. She helps the Musketeers by giving them the information they need to save the king.
This film provides examples of:
Adaptation Name Change: Milady's real name is changed from Anne to Sabine. Though in the book "Anne" was probably also an alias.
Rochefort, The Dragon, gets no major development, and is killed off at the end of the film. This is despite his starting off as a Worthy Opponent who experiences Defeat Means Friendship. He is killed in the second novel by D'Artagnan, but on accident, with some mourning afterwards.
Inverted with Milady, who was more villainous and less sympathetic than she is in the movie.
A Child Shall Lead Them: The king is portrayed this way (as well as something of a Wide-Eyed Idealist), 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).
Clean Cut: 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.
Crash into Hello: This is how d'Artagnan first meets Athos and Porthos, resulting in him being challenged to two duels.
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.
Disney Villain Death: 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.
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.
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.
Flynning: Pretty much every fight, but Platt and Wincott above all others.
Freudian Threat: 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.
Giant Mook: The deformed guard the Three Musketeers fight in the dungeons when pursuing the fleeing Richelieu.
Give Me a Sword: How D'Artagnan wins his fight against Rochefort, when Constance slides it to him.
Global Ignorance: Porthos claims certain items were gifts from non-existent royalty (sash from the "Queen of America", an axe from the "Czarina of Tokyo"....).
Red Shirt Army: One of the most literal examples of this trope with the Cardinal's guards.
Running Gag: Girard and his men, pursuing D'Artagnan to defend the honor of his sister.
Sarcastic Confession: 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, spicing it up with "more festive variations" involving teaching pigs to dance and horses to fly, and hiding the moon in his robes. The king's misgivings are thus (temporarily) disarmed.