The Man in the Iron Mask

Corrected entry: The mask that Philippe wore was sent to Louis yet only a scene later Philipe is seen wearing and then holding the mask at the Musketeers' home. (00:59:00 - 01:05:00)

Correction: That's because it's not the same mask. It's part of the deception meant to convince Louis that Philippe is dead. It's the mask from the dead man who was switched for Philippe.

Corrected entry: In the scene in which D'Artagnan visits Athos for first time in the film, Athos tells him that when he was young, musketeers used to wear black uniforms (in the time the film is set musketeers/bodyguards wear blue ones, as we can see many times). In the scene near the end, when Aramis and Porthos trick the guard in Bastille dungeon by telling him that they have a prisoner, he lets them in, although they wear black uniforms. It is impossible that the soldier would not know that the style of musketeers' uniforms has changed.


Correction: It could be the guard knows exactly who the famous Musketeers are and doesn't begrudge them wearing their old uniforms. Or the guard was purposefully told to let them by by either D'Artagnan or the King.


Corrected entry: When we see the exterior of Philippe's original prison, there is a shot of a cloud moving extremely quickly from left to right, as if someone dragged it across the screen so the full moon could be shown.

Correction: Or it could be a strong wind high in the atmosphere. There's nothing to suggest someone "dragged" it across the screen.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the Musketeers and Philippe are in the Bastille getting ready to charge the King's Musketeers and they put their blades together, look at Philippe's foot (as he inserts his own sword). His shoe is brown leather, and you can see the shoelace and a round greenish (quite modern) design on the side.

Correction: This has been previously corrected.

Corrected entry: Just before the big battle scene, when everyone crosses swords on the ground, someone (I think Leo) is wearing white tennis shoes.

Correction: I had to look at this several times in slow motion but they are not tennis shoes. He is wearing low cut rough leather shoes that tie at the top.

Corrected entry: I'm sure everyone knows that the movie was based upon a true incident in France at the time of King Louis XIV. What people do not know however is that the prisoner, originally did not wear an iron mask, but instead wore a leather mask. There was also two guards in the cell with him all of the time and were ordered to kill the prisoner if he ever took his mask off.

Correction: Although there was a similar incident in real life, such errors should be overlooked since the movie is in fact based on the book "The Man in the Iron Mask" by Alexandre Dumas - a work of fiction.


Corrected entry: When Philippe is in training to be king, at one point he looks at an ornate, high-heeled nobleman's shoe, and laughs at it. Why would he laugh? That was just the style of the day, and it's doubtful he would think twice about it. Men had been wearing high-heeled shoes for forty years before the film takes place - obviously long before Philippe was born. There's no reason why this style should seem strange to him, even after being locked up for six years. In addition, one of the Musketeers is laughing at the shoe also, which makes even less sense. A bit of twentieth century ideology imposed on a seventeenth century story, maybe?


Correction: Surely Philippe and Orthos must have seen high-heeled shoes before and are not snickering at the type of shoe but probably the particular design. Philippe had not seen a designer's shoe for six years and styles change. He may have found it amusing to see to what level they "evolved." As for the musketeer, he probably laughed, thinking the shoe was a bit too fancy and it was something he wouldn't want to be caught dead in.

Corrected entry: After helping Phillipe escape, the mask is sent to Louis. But back at the house where Phillipe is preparing is revenge, one night he "actually tries the mask one last time," saying that he had it for so long, he's kind of used to it (or something to that effect). How can the mask be at two places at the same time?

Correction: It's not - the mask Louis gets is the one the musketeers made for the fake Philippe - Louis is sent it because "Philippe" has died. The original one is still in the posession of the real Philippe.

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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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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