The Three Musketeers
- 50 min
Provincial 17th century Frenchman d'Artagnan travels to Paris to join the musketeers, an elite king's guard that his father belonged to. Cardinal Richelieu's guards have disbanded the Musketeers under false pretenses but three of them, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, refuse to give up their duty. d'Artagnan meets and offends each musketeer separately, accepting duels with all of them. When he arrives for his duels the men reveal themselves as musketeers and the four of them fight off the Cardinal's guards that arrive to arrest them. d'Artagnan is captured and overhears Richilieu telling Milady de Winter to deliver a treaty to the English Duke of Buckingham. d'Artagnan is slated for execution from which he is rescued by the three musketeers. He reveals the Cardinal's plans and the musketeers resolve to catch Richilieu's spy and prove the Cardinal a traitor. d'Artagnan is sent ahead to intercept the spy but he passes out from exhaustion and wakes to find himself stripped of his weapons and in the presence of Milady de Winter. d'Artagnan tells her his plans and she tries and kill him. He convinces her to let him live and when she tries to escape to England she finds her crew has been killed by two of the musketeers. She is confronted by Athos who is surprised to see her alive, recognizing her as his dead wife Sabine. She is arrested and sentenced to execution. Athos attempts to find out what from Sabine what the Cardinal has planned for King Louis and she, in turn, asks for her freedom. Although he can't grant it he begs her forgiveness and she reveals that the Cardinal will assassinate King Louis. The men rally the rest of the musketeers to gather for the king's birthday. During the celebration d'Artagnan stops the Cardinal and Captain Rochefort's hired sharpshooter from hitting his target but Richelieu blames the near miss on the musketeers. The musketeers square off against the Cardinal's guards. Richilieu takes the royals hostage and when Aramis confronts him the Cardinal shoots him in the chest, but Aramis survives. Athos and d'Artagnan duel Rochefort and, after the revelation that Rochefort murdered his father, the man is killed. In the dungeons the three fight their way to the kidnapped king and queen. The Cardinal escapes on a boat but learns too late that his boatman is Aramis in disguise. King Louis punches Richelieu into the river. The king later reinstates the musketeers and d'Artagnan joins their ranks.