The Fifth Musketeer

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Not to be confused with Albert the Fifth Musketeer. ‹See Tfd›
The Fifth Musketeer
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Promotional film poster
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Ted Richmond
Written by David Ambrose
George Bruce
Alexandre Dumas, père (novel)
Starring Sylvia Kristel
Ursula Andress
Beau Bridges
Cornel Wilde
Ian McShane
Alan Hale Jr.
Lloyd Bridges
Edited by Malcolm Cooke
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 6 April 1979
Running time 104 min (US), 116 min (UK)
Country Austria, Germany
Language English

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, as in so many of her other films. Ironically, Ursula Andress (who was also often dubbed) goes undubbed in the scene she shares with Kristel.

The cinematographer was Jack Cardiff. Cardiff and the director Ken Annakin both died on April 22, 2009.

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