The Man in the Iron Mask

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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)

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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: How could Louis be the son of a king and Phillipe be the son of D'Artagnan if they're identical twins?

Answer: Both Louis and Philippe are actually D'Artagnan's children. This is why D'Artagnan continues to defend Louis for much of the early part of the film, despite the King's callousness, because he feels that he must defend his son, even against his oldest friends. It's only when he discovers Philippe and realises that he has another son, a humble and decent man, that he's finally able to feel pride as a father and can stand against Louis and his excesses.

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