'The Man in the Iron Mask' Synopsis

"When rioting citizens of France destroyed the Bastille, they discovered within its records this mysterious entry: 'Prisoner number 64389000: the Man in the Iron Mask.' The identity of the prisoner has forever remained a mystery."
It has been many years since Aramis, Athos, Porthos and d'Artagnan fought together as the bravest and best of the King's Royal Guards, the Musketeers, with a passion and valor that has become legend.

Athos (John Malkovich) lives a simple life raising his son Raoul. Porthos (Gerard Depardieu), though thicker and older, still eats lustily of life, though he misses the great battles of the past. Aramis (Jeremy Irons) has followed his faith and become a priest.

Only d'Artagnan still serves the King as Captain of the Musketeers.

It is 1660 and France is starving. Louis XIII, the great King whose throne the Musketeers served has died and been succeeded by his arrogant and cruel heir, King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) ... while at the Bastille a mysterious prisoner has lived for nearly a decade encased in an iron mask.

To save a nation, the Musketeers must reunite and embark on their most dangerous mission ever: to free the prisoner and unlock the secret of his identity. Only through this act of mercy will they realize their dream of finding and serving one great king -- for the enigmatic prisoner, for the kingdom that was and will be again, and for each other.

One for all, all for one.

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) makes his directorial debut with The Man In The Iron Mask, which he also scripted inspired by the daring escapades of the Three Musketeers as conceived in the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Considered one of the finest actors of his generation, Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Academy Award( nominee for What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) takes on the dual role of wickedly tyrannical French King Louis XIV and the enigmatic title character, the Man in the Iron Mask. Academy Award( winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) and Academy Award( nominees John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire) and Gerard Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac) play the legendary, now-seasoned Three Musketeers, Aramis, Athos and Porthos, with Gabriel Byrne taking on the role of their famous friend and Captain of the Musketeers, d'Artagnan.

The film also stars Anne Parillaud (La Femme Nikita) as the Queen Mother, Anne of d'Autriche, and Judith Godreche (Ridicule) as Christine, the beautiful and doomed lady who catches the King's eye. Edward Atterton (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Peter Sarsgaard (Dead Man Walking) also appear.


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