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The Three Musketeers (1973)
Starring Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch

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Richard Lester's adaptation of The Three Musketeers was only the latest of many when released in 1974, but it arrived with a spirit all its own, one influenced as much by Lester's '60s work as the Alexandre Dumas classic. Even so, it followed the plot of Dumas' novel fairly closely, its liberties in interpretation taken elsewhere. Coming off the success of Cabaret, Michael York plays D'Artagnan, the provincial, would-be swashbuckler who travels to Paris to make his name. There he encounters the eponymous heroes: cynical Athos (Oliver Reed), dashing Aramis (Richard Chamberlain), and arrogant Porthos (Frank Finlay). The trio introduces him to the world of court intrigue as they work to protect the Queen (Geraldine Chaplin) from the schemes of the villainous Richelieu (Charlton Heston) and his followers, Rochefort (Christopher Lee) and Milady (Faye Dunaway). Lester shot the film in conjunction with its sequel, The Four Musketeers. Originally intended as a single film, the split prompted a lawsuit from the cast demanding payment for both films.
Director: Richard Lester
Writers: George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (novel)

Stars: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Frank Finlay, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear, Faye Dunaway, Charlton Heston, Joss Ackland
Golden Globes, USA 1975
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Raquel Welch

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

BAFTA Awards 1975
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Michel Legrand

Best Art Direction
Brian Eatwell

Best Cinematography
David Watkin

Best Costume Design
Yvonne Blake

Best Film Editing
John Victor Smith

Evening Standard British Film Awards 1975
Best Comedy
Richard Lester

Grammy Awards 1975
Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture
Michel Legrand

National Board of Review, USA 1974
NBR Award Top Ten Films

Writers' Guild of Great Britain 1975
Best British Comedy Screenplay
George MacDonald Fraser
Oliver Reed was severely injured and almost died when he was stabbed in the throat during the windmill duel scene.
The stunt people were terrified of Oliver Reed, due to his sheer ferocity when it came to fight scenes. He would often leap in without rehearsing. It got to the point where they would draw lots to see who would face him. Sir Christopher Lee recalled, "I remember during a fight scene he came at me with both hands on the sword, like an axe, and I parried it and stopped totally. I said, 'I think we'd better get the routine right.' Then I said to Oliver, 'Do you remember who taught you how to use a sword?' He said, 'You did.' And I said, 'Don't you forget it.' You see, I made The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964) with him for Hammer and he was a bit of a menace in that, quite frankly. People leapt out of the way when he had a fight, because he went at it absolutely flat out."
Michael York had his leg cut in one duel and almost lost an eye in another. Oliver Reed took a sword to the hand. Frank Finlay was struck in the face by a two-by-four, and burned in separate fight scenes. Christopher Lee fared better than most of the cast, getting off with just a sprained knee and a pulled shoulder muscle. It got so bad, that at one point, York remembers doubling for his injured stunt double. He later resorted to stuffing his script inside his clothes for protection.
Director Richard Lester liked to film rehearsals and have a camera running continuously to capture anything unscripted that might happen. Lester also shot with multiple cameras (sometimes up to five) on one take, rather than in typical single camera style. So instead of using stand-ins for the long shots, and moving in for a close-up of the star, Lester would film the entire scene (from close-up to master shot) at the same time. So, stuntmen were used only when absolutely necessary. In his autobiography "Accidentally on Purpose", Michael York recalls "leaping onto horses whose saddles were deliberately unfastened only to revolve instantly underneath amidst dust and prancing hooves."
Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch fell out on the set when he spurned her at a party, preferring instead to dance with her hairdresser.
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