The Man in the Iron Mask

Audio problem: In the Bastille dungeon just after Phillippe knocked out the guard with the key we hear Athos say 'We feared the mask would destroy you', but his lips do not move in sync with this. It looks more like he originally said 'We thought you were dead'. (01:44:54)

Continuity mistake: When the Jesuit tries to kill King Louis, Louis grabs a long bladed knife and stabs the Jesuit in the chest, but when the camera pulls back, the knife is gone, and no one has made a move to pull it out of his chest. Only the blade that D'Artanian threw at him is there.

Factual error: 6 years in a mask and he's able to keep that lovely babyface with just a little bit of grime, which easily comes off? Of course it would have wrecked the whole story but still...

Continuity mistake: The mask that is removed from Leo has 3 parts - a face mask which is held onto Leo's head, with a 2 piece hinged cage that locks in the back. In the flashback, where they show Leo being put in the mask, it is only 2 pieces. The face part is fused to the hinged cage section.

Continuity mistake: D'Artagnan's three best friends who have known him for over twenty years pronounce his name three different ways. Only the stupid one, Porthos (Gerard Depardieu) gets it right. "Athos" is also pronounced several different ways: either a hard or soft initial 'A,' and with the 'h' either pronounced or silent. Sometimes the name is pronounced different ways in different scenes by the same character.

Continuity mistake: Near the end, when D'Artagnan is dying, we can see Athos lying with D'Artagnan's head on his lap, with his head right behind him, yet in the next take, he's sat bolt upright, far from his friend's head. It changes from take to take.

Audio problem: At the mask-ball, when Louis is seeing iron masks everywhere and rushes out, the music suddenly stops, but in the background we can see the violinists still playing (moving their bows) - we don't hear any sound.

Continuity mistake: Close to the end of the film, when D'Artagnan is helping everyone escape through a back door of the Bastille, he says "Don't stop until you reach the river" and we see the door opening with all the characters in a particular order. I believe Athos is on the left of Phillippe. In the next shot, we see the same door opening from the outside and now the characters are lined up to exit in a completely different order. Athos is now on the right of Phillippe.

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie, (when he gets in the shallow boat with the Musketeers and Louis), Phillipe seems to have red bows on his court boots, yet when he was at the masked ball the bows were gone.

Continuity mistake: When Phillipe stands up to look in the water bin after he had his mask removed, he places only his left hand on the bin's edge. But in the next shot of him looking in the water, his right hand is on the edge instead of the left.

Revealing mistake: When the Three Musketeers are escaping into the river with Louis, Porthos throws another Musketeer into the stone wall. You can see the wall jiggle when he hits it.

Continuity mistake: Why is the same red rose used throughout the film? If it was real over the amount of time in the film the rose would be long dead. Look at the branching of the rose and you will see what I mean.

Factual error: The film is set in the year 1662. Louis is supposed to be in the middle of a war against the Dutch. This is actually not correct. The war against the Dutch didn't begin until 1672.

Continuity mistake: We see D'Artagnan's grave at the end, and there is no flower on it. We then see the queen mother who is holding a rose, but she walks off with it. Cut back to the grave, and a rose has suddenly appeared there.


Other mistake: When the Musketeers are charging the firing squad at the end, they only have about 20 yards to run which they should cover in just a couple seconds, but somehow it takes them much longer to reach the other men. This is especially noticeable since they're running at full speed. (This has nothing to do with editing or slow-motion, as most of the shots are shown in real time, at regular speed.)


Continuity mistake: When D'Artagnan dies, Philippe has his right hand up on the side of D'Artagnan's face. But when it cuts to the wide shot Philippe has moved down quite a bit, and his right hand is on D'Artagnan's chest.


Continuity mistake: When Louis hits Phillippe when they are in the Palace, it seems he hits the right side of his face, but Phillippe falls holding the left side.

Continuity mistake: When Phillipe is having his mask removed after being rescued from the Bastille, he touches both sides of his face with his hands in a close shot of him. But when it goes to a wider shot of him and the rest of the men, when he turns to look at the water bin, his hands are no longer touching his face. There wasn't time to bring them back down.

Continuity mistake: After King Louis stabs d'Artagnan with the dagger, the good brother (Phillipe), rushes him and Louis drops the dagger to the prison floor. However, in the next scene, a close-up of the two brothers fighting, Louis has the dagger in his hand again.

King Louis XIV: There is more of me to love than a crown.

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Trivia: After Porthos tries to hang himself, Aramis reveals he had already sawn the beam to prevent the hanging. His comment when the barn subsequently collapses, "I'm a genius, not an engineer" was written as a pun in the original French manuscript. (Je suis un génie, pas un ingénieur).


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Question: When Aramis is reading at the beginning, saying that bit about the storming of the Bastille and of records being found of the prisoner who was only known as "the man in the iron mask", was that actually true - about the prisoner number and/or the iron-masked man part?

Answer: It is partially true. Author Alexander Dumas based his character on records that were recovered about an unknown prisoner whose identity was kept secret by a black cloth that constantly covered his head. The facts gradually changed as a myth grew up around this account, and the cloth mask was eventually said to be iron. This person, who is believed to have been of high rank, was incarcerated in several prisons, including the Bastille. Dumas adapted the legend for his novel and made the unknown man the twin brother of King Louis XIV. However, the man's true identity has never been discovered. The movie has also distorted historical facts about the Bastille. It was originally built as a fortress during The Hundred Years War, and only later was it used as a prison. (It only held about 50 people.) When it was stormed by French peasants in 1789, there were only seven inmates, and it is believed the rioters were actually looking for ammunition rather than attempting to free prisoners.

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