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La Fille de D'Artagnan (literally The Daughter of D'Artagnan — the title Revenge Of The Musketeers is used in English speaking countries) is a 1994 French swashbuckler film directed by Bertrand Tavernier. It is an original story that borrows elements to both the novel The Three Musketeers and its sequel, Twenty Years After, by Alexandre Dumas.

In the year 1654 in France, an African slave escapes in the woods and ends up in a convent. The slavers, the Duke of Crassac (played by Claude Rich) and his mysterious henchwoman the "Lady in Red", chase the slave there and one of their goons ends up killing the mother superior. The young Éloïse D'Artagnan (played by Sophie Marceau), daughter of the legendary musketeer (played by Philippe Noiret), witnesses the murder, and thinks Crassac conspires to assassinate King Louis XIV.


Followed by a bumbling young poet named Quentin La Misère (played by Nils Tavernier), Héloïse travels to Paris to find her father so he can help her unfolding the conspiracy against the king before it's too late.

Revenge of the Musketeers provides examples of:

  • Age Lift: The Real Life Charles de Batz de Castelmore aka D'Artagnan was around 40 in 1654. Philippe Noiret was 63 when the movie was filmed. Then again, it's still in line with the Anachronism Stew in Alexandre Dumas' novels.
  • Back Stab: D'Artagnan ends up skewering Crassac in the back with his sword. Crassac was about to kill Éloïse so he had to do something, and even apologizes to Crassac for that unsportsmanlike action.
  • Badass Grandpa: D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis are old now, but they're still capable of kicking ass left and right.
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  • Canon Foreigner: There's no mention of D'Artagnan having a daughter anywhere in Dumas' canon, let alone historically.
  • Cassandra Truth: Granted, Éloïse just guesses that Crassac is conspiring against the king and does so completely out of nowhere, but it turns out to be true, and people have a hard time taking her seriously until serious evidences emerge.
  • The Conspiracy: Crassac and his followers seek to assassinate King Louis XIV.
  • Dirty Old Man: Crassac wants to grope Éloïse any chance he gets, and the Lady in Red prevents him from doing so.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Crassac is played very theatrically by Claude Rich.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Athos fakes being one-eyed and wears a black ribbon over one eye. He occasionally switches it from right to left and back because he has two good eyes.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: The murder of a mother superior is not a minor crime in itself, but the conspiracy against the king is a much bigger thing. Éloïse's guess after the murder turns out to be true.
  • Overprotective Dad: D'Artagnan with Éloïse once she comes back at him. He doesn't take Quentin's project to marry her very well.
  • Papa Wolf: D'Artagnan surely doesn't want to let anyone touch his daughter.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan team up again to save the king after splitting up many years before.
  • Retired Badass: D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers have long retired from the King's guard when Éloïse comes at them.
  • Royal Brat: How D'Artagnan considers King Louis XIV, who's 16 at the time of the story.
  • Someone to Remember Her by: D'Artagnan is moved almost to tears when he first lays eyes on his now grown-up daughter because she resembles her dead mother Constance (Bonacieux) so much.
  • Spanner in the Works: Crassac's conspiracy against the king is ruined because one of the slaves he owns escaped and because Éloïse D'Artagnan saw one of his men kill the mother superior.
  • Spin-Offspring: The film gives D'Artagnan a daughter, and puts her front and center. He says her mother's name is Constance, heavily implying it's Constance Bonacieux, who died without having any child in the original novel.
  • Turn Out Like Her Father: D'Artagnan specifically put Éloïse in a convent so she wouldn't grow up hearing of his exploits and imitating him, for her safety. Even if she lacks a bit of mastery in sword fights, she ends up just as heroically motivated to protect the French Crown as he was.


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