The Man in the Iron Mask
- 2 hr 12 min
The early 1600's was an era that revolved around kings and queens and those that would eventually inherit the kingdom, so when the queen of France gave birth to a baby boy, the outlook was positive as to the future heir of that great nation. What few people knew was the fact that there were two sons born, but one was cast away into the bowels of the unknown, until finally he is imprisoned with an iron mask. Twenty something years later, prince Louis XIV is now King of France, and is doing so in a manner fit for a playboy with little concern for the prosperity of his people. In the old days, the king had a band of elite musketeers to watch over him, most of whom have since retired and returned to civilization. One of the original musketeers, D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne) still maintains his presence as captain and trainer of the current musketeers. When King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) was informed about the rioting of the people in Paris, he sends for the original Musketeers who watched over his father, with the instructions that they find out who the leader of the Jesuits is, and to get rid of him. Aramis (Jeremy Irons) is now a man of the cloth, but he agrees to serve the kings wishes, just like they served his father. At a party hosted by the king, he has designs on Christine (Judith Godrèche) who is engaged to the son of Athos (John Malkovich). The king perceives that if he sends the young man off to war, his life might be lost, leaving a clear path for the king to bring Christine into his fold. During the festivities, an assassin tries to eliminate the king, but D'Artagnan saves his life. Randall Wallace writes and directs this action adventure, with supporting roles by Anne Parillaud as Queen Mother Anne and Gérard Depardieu as Porthos.