The Fifth Musketeer
|The Fifth Musketeer|
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Ken Annakin|
|Written by||David Ambrose
Alexandre Dumas, père (novel)
Alan Hale Jr.
|Editing by||Malcolm Cooke|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release dates||6 April 1979|
|Running time||104 min (US), 116 min (UK)|
The Fifth Musketeer is a 1979 film adaptation of the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which is itself based on the French legend of the Man in the Iron Mask.
It was directed by Ken Annakin, and stars Beau Bridges as the twins, Sylvia Kristel as Maria Theresa, Cornel Wilde as D'Artagnan, Ian McShane as Fouquet, Rex Harrison as Colbert (Philippe's tutor), and Lloyd Bridges, José Ferrer and Alan Hale, Jr. as the Three Musketeers. Cameo appearances were made by Ursula Andress as La Valliere and Olivia de Havilland as the Queen Mother. This was de Havilland's final theatrical film.
Sylvia Kristel was inexplicably dubbed by another actress, much like in so many of her other films. But ironically enough, Ursula Andress, also dubbed by another actress in many of her films, and shares a scene with Kristel at one point in the film, is seen with her real voice.
The cinematographer was Jack Cardiff. Cardiff and the director Ken Annakin both died on April 22, 2009.
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