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THE THREE MUSKETEERS
July 17, 2017  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 11:30 p.m. ET

 

This 1973 action comedy is directed by Richard Lester, who both captured and unleashed the Beatles in his 1964 movie A Hard Day’s Night. Here, he has fun with playful action sequences, with recreating a period by focusing on its muddy and messy as well as its glamorous and regal – and by giving his actors lots of room to play, and very playfully, too. That goes not only for such perfectly cast supporting players as Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch, Roy Kinnear, and Charlton Heston, but to the four Musketeers themselves: Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Oliver Reed, and, as the newcomer D’Artagnan, Michael York. A delightful period comedy.

 
 
 
 
 
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