The Return of the Musketeers

Synopsis: It's 1649: Mazarin hires the impoverished D'Artagnan to find the other musketeers: Cromwell has overthrown the English king, so Mazarin fears revolt, particularly from the popular Beaufort. Porthos, bored with riches and wanting a title, signs on, but Aramis, an abbé, and Athos, a brawler raising an intellectual son, assist Beaufort in secret. When they fail to halt Beaufort's escape from prison, the musketeers are expendable, and Mazarin sends them to London to rescue Charles I. They are also pursued by Justine, the avenging daughter of Milady de Winter, their enemy 20 years ago. They must escape England, avoid Justine, serve the Queen, and secure Beauford's political reforms.
Director(s): Richard Lester
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

[ Man ]

They've stolen the king!

[ Crowd murmuring ]

[ indistinct chatter ]

[ Gasp ]

How much longer? Come on.

Yours was the chicken

and yours was the chicken.

Mmm, mmm.

Hey, what are you doin' up there?


[ humming ]

Oh, I see.

[ indistinct chatter ]

[ laughing, indistinct chatter ]

[ sniff, sniff ]

- Ah! - Keep it off the table.

Somebody's got to clean that.

[ indistinct chatter ]


No, no, don't tickle me.

Don't tickle me.

Oy, oy, what do you call this?

Chicken. Idiot.

[ indistinct chatter ]

[ man ]

I said friends, friends.

- [ grunting ]

- This tastes like the pudding.

[ man ]

I just want something to drink.

[ woman indistinct ]

[ indistinct chatter ]

Oh, hello.


[ man ] Oh no.

Good evenin'. Stop it.


What's the matter with it? To you.

Good morning.

Have you a table away from the fire?

Get out of here!


Gaston, Gaston!

Come here!

He's been interfering

with my ox, that man.

Must go, must fly.

Busy, busy.

All right.

Get 'em up!

Here you, get off of there.

Mind my cabbage.

[ man ]


Brothers of the Fronde!

We demand an end to misrule.

An end to corruption!

An end to cardinal Mazarin.

We demand the release of the people's

champion! To hell with Mazarin!

The duke of Beaufort!

- Down with Mazarin!

- Mazarin, god save him.

[ man ] All Paris seemed to be in a

foul temper that summer, I remember.

Damning Mazarin,

cheering for Beaufort.

As if it mattered which

lordly rascal misruled France...

In the name of little king Louis.

Well, it was all one to me, D'Artagnan,

the forgotten lieutenant,

waiting at palace doors

like a lackey.

Remembering those

brave times long ago

when we defeated

the great cardinal of Richelieu,

the three musketeers and I,

heroes of yesterday.

[ chuckling ]

Now only I was left,

the shabby,

downward-heeled soldier.

A sad relic of the old days...

And a source of some amusement

to the young fops of the court.

Until that day when

cardinal Mazarin sent for me...

And offered me employment.

He needed men with long swords

and short purses, he said.

Well, mine was short enough.

I was to seek out my old comrades,

Athos, Aramis and Porthos,

whom I hadn't seen in 20 years

and hire them for his service.

Dirty work no doubt, but old

soldiers can't be choosers.

[ crowd chanting ]

Down with Mazarin!

Down with Mazarin!

I wonder if they'll break

the cardinal's windows again.

I do hope so.

Who cares? It's just politics.

Oh! The duchess of Longueville

is on her back again.

I'm not at all surprised.

[ laughing ]

...Four, five, six.

One, two, three,

four, five, six.

[ clicking tongue ]

See, one, two, three --

when I'm grown up,

I shall not allow politics.

So they'd better smash Mazarin's

windows while they have the chance.

[ crowd chanting ] Down with Mazarin!

Down with Mazarin!

- Down with Mazarin! Down with Mazarin!

- Louis, that is naughty.

Down with Mazarin!

[ clearing throat ]

You interrupt our pleasure,


A thousand pardons, sire.

I thought I heard my name.

May I be permitted to address

her majesty, your mother?

Have you begged an audience?


The cardinal is your prime minister.

And it's time for your afternoon nap.

[ crowd chanting ]

We want Beaufort!

[ crowd chanting ] We want Beaufort!

We want Beaufort!

Soon he will be

too big to send to bed.

Then your pretty

little niece will lead him.

Until then, you and I

must rule France together.

Close together.

[ crowd shouting ]

Oh! That rabble!

Filth! Middle class!

[ Mazarin ]

Let them burst their lungs.

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George MacDonald Fraser

George MacDonald Fraser OBE FRSL (2 April 1925 – 2 January 2008) was a Scottish author who wrote historical novels, non-fiction books and several screenplays. He is best known for a series of works that featured the character Flashman. more…

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