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The Four Musketeers

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Bawdy '70s swashbuckler sequel is slightly more serious.

Movie PG 1974 106 minutes
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This follow-up continues the giddy 17th-century joy-ride tone of its predecessor and its sly blend of comedy and action. But there is a slightly more serious effect -- maybe because of the intrusion of war and the sense of real death and loss for the established characters, both heroes and villains. The depiction of Christianity as a corrupting tool, brazenly wielded by the wicked for their schemes (even "good guy" Aramis has a declared intent to go into the priesthood but can never find the time in between dueling and womanizing), is vivid indeed, although the flighty narrative is seldom weighed down very long by excess gravity, except for an execution epilogue.

Producers of the 1974 hit The Three Musketeers shot this sequel back to back. Actually, the plan was for a super-sized movie, covering the entire Alexander Dumas novel The Three Musketeers, but the narrative was split into two parts, and two separate movies were released to the ticket-buying public (and, in a bit of chicanery worthy of Richelieu, this was kept secret from all the movie talent, who only got paid for one film).

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