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La Femme Musketeer
La Femme Musketeer
Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Michael York, Nastassja Kinski, Susie Amy, John Rhys-Davies
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
UR     2004     2hr 43min

Valentine dartagnan has a dream to follow in the footsteps of her father - the most accompished & famous musketeer in all of france. Proving her mettle & ignoring propriety valentine rises in the ranks to be given a specia...  more »


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Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Michael York, Nastassja Kinski, Susie Amy, John Rhys-Davies
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Sub-Genres: Swashbucklers, Indie & Art House
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/20/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 43min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Musketeer, Next Generations: OK Adaptaion of Dumas' Classic
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 07/28/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Back in 1973, Richard Lester made a film of Alexander Dumas' popular story 'The Three Musketeers,' a delightful film, with Michael York as young D'Artagnan. After 31 years, Hallmark Entertainemt took up the same material to make this TV Mini-series, again starring Michael York as "older" D'Artagnan, with Susie Amy as D'Artagnan's daughter Valentine. This time, it is Valentine who goes to Paris, encounters three musketeers, and vows 'All for one, one for all,' to protect the king from the plotting Cardinal.

[NEXT GENERATION MUSKETEERS] In short, this is the story of 'The Three Musketeers' of the next generation. If you remember the story of Dumas's book (or Charlie Sheen's filmed version if you like), put in the sons of Alamis, Atos, and Porthos in their original muskteers' place, and you know what you will see in this film. Instead of deadly femme fatale and spy MiLady, you see Lady Bolton played by Nastassja Kinski. In place of Cardinal Richelieu, you get Cardinal Mazarin played by Gérard Depardieu.

Considering the origin of the TV film, the actions are decently done (often very acrobatic for this kind of film), and the locarions are beautiful. The acting is reasonable, if not exceptional, and it is amusing to see a female muskeeter in the central role, though the unique casting could have been more effective with deeper interpretation of being a female musketeer. Anyway, Susie Amy succeeds in making the heroine a likable one, with strong will occasional humor.

The film has, however, deep flaws. One of them is, the film has too many characters. You see eight musketeers in one film -- the original four and their children. John Rhys-Davies appears as Porthos (no, not his son), but I'm afraid he is not required to do much. The direction is often slack, and though Steve Boyum (responsible for many TV films) is good at presenting actions, he needs more skills in showing dramatic scenes. That means the Cardinal should be made more charismatic, and Lady Bolton should be made more bewitching, if not sexually.

[TRIVIA] By the way, Richard Lester made 'Return of the Musketeer' starring Michael York as D'Artagnan in 1989. In this film, "Cardinal Mazarin" was played by Philippe Noiret (French actor like Depardieu).

As to the female version of musketeer, we have already seen 'La Fille de d'Artagnan' (aka 'Revenge of the Musketeers') in 1994 starring Sophie Marceau as D'Artagnan's daughter. Incidentally, D'Artagnan was then played by none other than Philippe Noiret."
A fun addition to the Musketeer pantheon
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 07/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What fun it is to see Michael York reprise his role as D?Artagnan one last time, and what perfect casting to have John Rhys-Davies play one of the other aging Musketeers.
At almost three hours this Hallmark movie must rank as one of their best productions, great dialogue, location, cast and plot the adventure ranks favorably alongside the Richard Lester favorites from the 1970s.
Truly stunning in beauty and talent the likeable Susy Amy turns in a remarkable performance as D?Artgnan?s daughter Valentine who is determined to introduce the Musketeer?s to women?s lib by following in her esteemed fathers footsteps and becoming the first female Musketeer.
However, Natassja Kinski is just as devious as her predecessor Faye Dunaway, and shows her gratitude for Valentine?s saving her life by framing her for murder of the King?s mistress several scenes later.
With a document that calls into question Louis? birthright Valentine and the sons of the other Musketeers race across France in search of the traveling beautiful Spanish princess who is on her way to Paris in secret to wed the French king in a move that it is hoped will end the war with Spain. Not to stop her, but to protect her.
The movie is so much fun I am left echoing the thoughts of the other reviewer ? I wish their was a sequel."
La Femme Musketeer
robshowie | Iowa | 07/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have to say that I feel that this movie can easily join the ranks of the other "Musketeer" movies. Hallmark did a wonderful job on this film, as did everyone on screen.
Susie Amy (Valentine) did an amazing job, especially since there was a lot of weight on her shoulders to carry this film, but she pulled it off. Just as amazing was Nastassja Kinski (Lady Bolton). I don't think I've ever seen her like this, and I only wish there was more of her in the movie. It was wonderful seeing Michael York reprise his role as D'Artagnan. Caspar Zafer (Gaston), Andrew Musselman (Antoine) and Niko Nicotera (Etienne) as the Musketeer's sons made me laugh with nearly every thing they did.
All in all, this really is a great movie. Dare I say, one of Hallmark's best. This is one you can watch over and over again (considering I've watched it twice already) and never get tired of it. Trust me, this movie is one to be seen."
Adventurous Fun
Michael J. Tharp | Pittsburgh, Pa United States | 06/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I entered into watching this film with lowered expectation. Lets face A) it was a made for TV movie..and from Hallmark. B) Can anyone look at Michael York today and not see Basil Exposition (from the Austin Powers movies).I wish to now (after removing my foot from my mouth) apologize to Mr. York and Hallmark. Loved this Film. I loved seeing Michael York reprise his role as D'Artagnan. This was perhaps the best Musketeer movie released in the U.S. since Richard Lesters 1979 versions.The acting was superb, the costumes and sets amazing, very High Production Values and great sword-play.
The acting was fantastic. The woman playing Valentine was beautiful...She had that perfect mix of sensetivity and Fierceness that made her perfect to play a gascon.The kids of the Musketeers were alot of fun, and chips off the old block. John Rys Davis as Porthos was brilliant casting altho Athos and Aramis were disapponting.Gerard DePardieu seemed lill at ease in the Cardinals robes, but Natasha Kinski as the lady Bolton was as beautiful as ever.
The real star, to me, was Jean Michel Pirae as Villeroi...seethingly evil yet Darkly almost felt for him...almost. A Great Film and I can't wait for the DVD"