The movie starts with a young boy named D´Artagnan witnessing an evil man in black named Febre murdering his parents in cold blood. The murderer is the main henchman of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu. Once the little boy´s father is killed, he defends himself with his dad´s sword, injuring Febre’s face and blinding him in one eye. Long-time family friend Planchet takes D´Artagnan with him, saving his life. Planchet himself had once been a musketeer, a member of the devoted squad protecting King Louis XIII.
Kings & Lords
The cast of The Musketeer is led by Hollywood stars such as Stephen Rea, Tim Roth and Justin Chambers, but the secondary actors for the remaining roles are very well-known in the acting world. The key for directors with a limited budget is to choose wisely, creating a supportive and talented set of secondary characters that will aid and uplift the main actors without breaking the bank.
The Musketeer was a big-budget Hollywood production released in 2001 but wasn´t a great commercial or critical success. The film couldn´t cover the production costs and wasn´t nominated for any major academy awards.
The only award nomination went to veteran David Arnold, a Grammy and Emmy award-winner, and very well-known Hollywood composer who has worked on five James Bond movies, Independence Day, Godzilla and many others. He received a nomination for the Gold Spirit Awards which are devoted almost exclusively to soundtracks and movie-related music. The award was just starting out in 2001 when the British composer for The Musketeer was nominated in the category Best Action Soundtrack, but came second.