The Man in the Iron Mask

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MGM Released 1998

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Director:
Randall Wallace
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1998 adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio. France is suffering at the hands of its cruel king, Louis XIV. The young king has bankrupt France with terrible wars. The people of France are starving and the King does nothing about it. Also the King has earned himself quite the reputation of being a womanizer. The Three Musketeers have retired from their posts, all enjoying their private lives. After a friendly encounter between King Louis and D'Artagnan chief of the Musketeers, Athos, his son Raoul and his soon to be daughter-in-law, Christine, King Louis develops eyes for Christine and arranges for Raoul to be killed in battle. When Louis succeeds in doing that, the three Musketeers decide that something must be done about Louis. But, when they try and get D'Artagnan to help, he mysteriously refuses to, because he is honor bound not to betray his king. So Aramis comes up with a plan that may work without the need for betrayal or any bloodshed. He tells the other musketeers, that there may be a person who can stop Louis, A prisoner who wears an iron mask and who has been kept in the Bastille of France for many years. It seems Louis is very afraid of this prisoner, and that's why his face is hidden by the mask. Just who is this man in the iron mask and how he can change the fate of France?

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An unusually sober and serious-minded telling of Alexandre Dumas' classic tale, this handsome costumer is routinely made and comes up rather short in boisterous excitement.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Beyond its persistent coarseness, Wallace's story often trades yesterday's inspiration (Dumas) for today's (Simpson-Bruckheimer).

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Heavy on swordplay and spectacle, it's so intent on reviving the costume epics of the past it doesn't realize it's trying to be too many things to too many people until it collapse...

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