Three Musketeers, The

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1/2

Alexander Dumas' classic tale of action and adventure comes to the screen again in this fifth version in the past 60 years. The setting is 17th century France with young D'Artangan (Chris O'Donnell) still wanting to be a musketeer, befriended by Athos (Kiefer Sutherland), Porthos (Oliver Platt) and Aramis (Charlie Sheen). Cardinal Richelieu (Tim Curry) wants to rule France but must get rid of the king. He disbands the musketeers, who are the king's special guards. Three refuse to comply and are branded outlaws. D'Artangan is captured helping the three renegade musketeers, but overhears the Cardinal and Milady DeWinter (Rebecca DeMornay) plotting to take over the throne from young King Louis XIII. The three musketeers rescue D'Artangan from the headsman's axe and the race is on to prevent the young king from being assassinated. Can they rally the disbanded musketeers and stop the assassination? Can D'Artangan defeat the evil one-eyed Rochefort (Michael Wincott) who killed his father? The answers provide non-stop action, battles and excitement. However, the battles and hand fighting in this adventure might be too intense for most younger children.

Dumas' weaves his story around historical events and people, capturing the enjoyment and loyalty the characters share. Because of the historical setting and Walt Disney's reputation, objectional language is almost non-existent. The emphasis is on action with numerous sword stabbings, people hit with various objects, killings by musket fire, and bodies falling from high places. Much of the violence, except for one impaling, is presented light-heartedly and is not unusually graphic or bloody. There are a few sexual innuendoes and one mildly suggestive seduction scene. In a tavern, the musketeers demonstrate to D'Artangan the art of kissing women and quoting poetry to gain their favor. Also, the cameraman takes delight in close-up, revealing views of women in low cut dresses. The Cardinal is a "religious figure," who misuses his position in the church, but Aramis shows a more sincere religious belief. Good triumphs over evil, but viewers should be aware that THE THREE MUSKETEERS includes non-stop battles and breast near nudity.

Preview Reviewer: Paul R. Bicking
Buena Vista Distribution, 3900 W. Alameda, Burbank, CA 91521

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Crude Language: Few (1-2) times - Moderate

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Exclamatory - Few (4) times

Violence: Many times - Frequently intense(sword fights, stabbings, high falls, shootings, suicide jump, hits in face, impaling)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity - several times (close-ups of women in low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Seductive discussion of 'original sin' in bedroom; references to celibacy, knife at crotch, lesson in 'wenching'

Drugs: Many times (wine drinking)

Other: Scripture and religious themes used; balance between misuse of religion and more genuine belief

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Intended Audience: Ages 10 and above

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