Speaking of epic swordplay… Every generation, it seems, needs to have its own version of the Three Musketeers, but it is tough to top this one. Directed by Richard Lester — who also did The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” — he ramps up the comedy and turns the action scenes into lusty, rolling brawls. Michael York reinvents the conniving D’Artagnan as a romantic fop whose enthusiasm always gets ahead of him, and Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay OWN the three musketeers. And did I mention Christopher Lee and Chuck Heston are the heavies? Film at the same time as its sequel, “The Four Musketeers” (a far darker and dour production), the first half of the pair is sweeping, jaw-dropping swashbucker.
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If your favorite movie is the one you’ve watched the most often, than mine might have to be “The Ten Commandments.” Every year ABC plays it in the spring, and every year I put it on while I do my taxes. By the time Cecil B. DeMille’s epic (remake) of his best know epic is over, I’m done filling out my 1040.
You can’t get much more epic than this: A cast of thousands! Yul Brynner! Chuck Heston as a Jew! Edward G. Robinson, see. And smokin’ hot Anne Baxter! So let it be written, so let it be done!
(Honestly, I can’t believe anyone hasn’t yet spit out a compilation of everyone in the movie saying “Moses, Moses” twice … come internet, don’t let me down! Oh well, guess we’ll have to settle for this trailer.)