The Man in the Iron Mask is a 1998 American action drama film directed produced and written by Randall Wallace and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role as the title character and villain Jeremy Irons as Aramis, John Malkovich as Athos, Gerard Depardieu as Porthos and Gabriel Byrne as D'Artagnan the picture uses characters from Alexandre Dumas's D'Artagnan Romances and is very loosely adapted from some plot elements of The Vicomte de Bragelonne.


In 1662 the Kingdom of France faces bankruptcy from King Louis XIV's wars against the Dutch Republic which has left the country's agriculture impeded by a heavy tax burden and forced the citizens to live on rotten food though the country appears to be on the verge of a revolution Louis continues to spend his time preparing for war and seducing countless women the three musketeers have gone their separate ways Aramis is now an aging priest Porthos has become a philandering drunk and Athos is retired and living with his only son Raoul who aspires to join the Musketeers only D'Artagnan has remained with the Musketeers now serving as their Captain.

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