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By Malcolm L. Johnson and Malcolm L. Johnson,Hartford Courant | November 13, 1993
Back in 1948, a dazzlingly athletic Gene Kelly bounced again and again into the air from his perch atop a park monument while a forgotten extra, playing one of the cardinal's minions, slashed haplessly at the laughing D'Artagnan.For kids born in the late '30s or early '40s, this was clearly the definitive film version of "The Three Musketeers." Today, the luster of the glossy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer color film, and its director, George Sidney, has dimmed. But the cast remains one to reckon with: Van Heflin as the somber Athos, Lana Turner as the scheming Lady de Winter, Angela Lansbury as the faithless queen, Frank Morgan as the befuddled king, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos, Keenan Wynn as Planchet, Vincent Price as Cardinal Richelieu.
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By Mike Giuliano | October 24, 2011
The 19th-century French novelist Alexandre Dumas might be puzzled if he could somehow see the latest movie adaptation of "The Three Musketeers," but any living soul who has seen the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise will recognize that this is an overly familiar 3-D swashbuckler that's as predictable as the swords that periodically threaten to poke your eyes. Alas, Johnny Depp is not one of the musketeers, because the actors they do have don't go far enough to fill the comic vacuum.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | August 31, 2002
For all the caffeine consumed onstage, Coffee With Richelieu never generates much of a buzz. Perhaps that's because while the actors sip espressos, a skim latte, a cafe mocha and more, the audience is given just a few watered-down ideas. Playwright Norman Allen has taken the old tale of The Three Musketeers and bumped it out, in the way that homeowners bump out a rancher that's charming and cozy but a bit too small for their growing family. In this case, what seems to be too small for Allen is 17th-cen- tury notions of good vs. evil.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | August 31, 2002
For all the caffeine consumed onstage, Coffee With Richelieu never generates much of a buzz. Perhaps that's because while the actors sip espressos, a skim latte, a cafe mocha and more, the audience is given just a few watered-down ideas. Playwright Norman Allen has taken the old tale of The Three Musketeers and bumped it out, in the way that homeowners bump out a rancher that's charming and cozy but a bit too small for their growing family. In this case, what seems to be too small for Allen is 17th-cen- tury notions of good vs. evil.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 7, 2001
You'd think the first reason to remake The Three Musketeers would be to introduce a dashing new D'Artagnan - an actor-athlete on the level of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. or Gene Kelly, who brought humor and panache to stunts and swordplay. Unfortunately, aside from his swashbuckling duds, Justin Chambers as D'Artagnan in The Musketeer still appears to be the cool American WASP he played in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights. There's no electricity in his body and no joy in his face - that is, when you can see his face.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
If only "The Man in the Iron Mask" were as exciting as it is glorious.Inspired by Alexandre Dumas' 1850 novel, the film couldn't have been cast better, bringing together four great, robust actors in support of one of Hollywood's hottest faces (the film proves, if proving is still necessary, that Leonardo DiCaprio is here to stay). It tells a poignant, heart-wrenching story, as the aging Three Musketeers (plus D'Artagnan) struggle to cope with advancing age and declining humanity. And it features a witty, literate script that manages to humanize its mythic figures without tarnishing their legends (although it does tarnish Dumas' story, reworking it to better reflect the feel-good '90s)
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By Mike Giuliano | October 24, 2011
The 19th-century French novelist Alexandre Dumas might be puzzled if he could somehow see the latest movie adaptation of "The Three Musketeers," but any living soul who has seen the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise will recognize that this is an overly familiar 3-D swashbuckler that's as predictable as the swords that periodically threaten to poke your eyes. Alas, Johnny Depp is not one of the musketeers, because the actors they do have don't go far enough to fill the comic vacuum.
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March 15, 2006
On March 13, 2006, ERNEST H. GARDNER JR., beloved husband of the late Mary Gardner; loving father of Theresa Ries and her husband Donald, Barbara Orsini and her husband Michael, and Jodi Panzer and her husband Brian; dear grandfather of D'Artagnan Ries and his wife Dawn, Vicki Carter and her husband Chik, David Orsini, Mark Orsini, and Lori Moore and her husband Matt; cherished great grandfather of Sarah and Justin Ries, Emily Roman and Xander Moore....
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
Frederick V. Roussey, a 23-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department whose son was killed in the line of duty in an automobile accident last year, was promoted to lieutenant last night in a ceremony at the War Memorial Building. "Jamie would be saying, `I knew you could make it,' " said Roussey, 49, of his son, Jamie A. Roussey. His son, who was 22 when he was killed, graduated from the police academy four months before he was killed in a crash of his patrol car while on the way to help other officers in March last year.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Sun Staff Writer | February 10, 1995
It's Friday afternoon and the final bell rings at Patuxent Valley Middle School. A sword duel is about to begin.The clash of steel rings in the school's gymnasium. "No shoulders. No arms. We have a restricted target area," a bearded Bobby Mitchell, a volunteer instructor, shouts to the 11 boys and one girl gathered for Patuxent Valley's intramural fencing program.It's one of a half-dozen fencing programs at Howard County middle schools.Few schools have fencing programs because of the costly equipment -- about $125 for gloves, foils (or swords)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | September 7, 2001
You'd think the first reason to remake The Three Musketeers would be to introduce a dashing new D'Artagnan - an actor-athlete on the level of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. or Gene Kelly, who brought humor and panache to stunts and swordplay. Unfortunately, aside from his swashbuckling duds, Justin Chambers as D'Artagnan in The Musketeer still appears to be the cool American WASP he played in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights. There's no electricity in his body and no joy in his face - that is, when you can see his face.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
If only "The Man in the Iron Mask" were as exciting as it is glorious.Inspired by Alexandre Dumas' 1850 novel, the film couldn't have been cast better, bringing together four great, robust actors in support of one of Hollywood's hottest faces (the film proves, if proving is still necessary, that Leonardo DiCaprio is here to stay). It tells a poignant, heart-wrenching story, as the aging Three Musketeers (plus D'Artagnan) struggle to cope with advancing age and declining humanity. And it features a witty, literate script that manages to humanize its mythic figures without tarnishing their legends (although it does tarnish Dumas' story, reworking it to better reflect the feel-good '90s)
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By Malcolm L. Johnson and Malcolm L. Johnson,Hartford Courant | November 13, 1993
Back in 1948, a dazzlingly athletic Gene Kelly bounced again and again into the air from his perch atop a park monument while a forgotten extra, playing one of the cardinal's minions, slashed haplessly at the laughing D'Artagnan.For kids born in the late '30s or early '40s, this was clearly the definitive film version of "The Three Musketeers." Today, the luster of the glossy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer color film, and its director, George Sidney, has dimmed. But the cast remains one to reckon with: Van Heflin as the somber Athos, Lana Turner as the scheming Lady de Winter, Angela Lansbury as the faithless queen, Frank Morgan as the befuddled king, Robert Coote as Aramis, Gig Young as Porthos, Keenan Wynn as Planchet, Vincent Price as Cardinal Richelieu.
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By TIM RUTTEN and TIM RUTTEN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 20, 2006
The Three Musketeers: A Novel Alexandre Dumas, translated from the French by Richard Pevear Viking / 704 pages / $35 We live in something of a golden age for literary translation. Though American publishers bring out only about 1,000 translated works every year, many are of stunning quality, and Richard Pevear's wonderfully vivid new version of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers surely is among them. Thanks to scholarly and artful translators such as Gregory Rabassa and Michael Henry Heim - to cite just two examples - Gabriel GarcM-ma MM-arquez and Milan Kundera are indispensable landmarks on our contemporary literary landscape.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | October 22, 1995
Lewis Shaw knows swords.Like the one he's twirling in his hand right now, a rather plain number with a black wire-wrap grip. It looks sturdy but unspectacular -- until Mr. Shaw slashes the air with it a few times, looking for all the world like a 20th-century D'Artagnan, complete with wire-rimmed glasses and curly blond hair."
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