The Man in the Iron Mask
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King Louis XIV: There is more of me to love than a crown.

Athos: Is that just because you are holier than everybody else?
Aramis: Well, there is that, but also because I'm more intelligent than everybody else.

King Louis XIV: Why has my own brother tried to do this to me?
D'Artagnan: And look what you have done to him.

Aramis: You are surrounded by beauty, by intrigue, by danger, what more can a man want?

King Louis XIV: Never underestimate the Dutch.

Athos: You have the heart of a king.

Phillippe: Put this man away where no-one will hear his insanity. Let him be fed by a deaf-mute but feed him well.

Louis: Cowards! Twenty men run from four?
Lt. Andre: The corridor nullifies our numbers, and nobody has the stomach to fight the captain.

Athos: Is that just because you are holier than everybody else?
Aramis: Well, there is that, but also because I'm more intelegent than everybody else.

King Louis XIV: It is good that you watch me, D'Artagnan, but I fear you watch me too closely.

Louis: The next time there are rioters, shoot them.

Aramis: Athos, if we fail in this - and we probably will - it will be an honor to die beside you.

Louis: D'Artagnan, you will hunt down Porthos, Athos, and Aramis, and bring me their heads, or I will have yours. And as for you, my brother, back to the prison you will go, and into the mask you hate. Wear it 'til you love it! And die in it.

Porthos: Stop praying and revel with me, Aramis! I need my spirits lifted. I'm old, I'm weak, my strength is gone.
Aramis: Porthos! I'm praying.
Porthos: I just said you're praying. Are you deaf, too? I know you're blind, because if you'd seen the tits that just walked out of here, you'd have tears in your eyes.

Athos: What gives you the right to judge me, to play God with the lives of others? Is it because you're so much holier than everyone else?
Aramis: Well yes, there is that. But also because I'm more intelligent than anybody else.

Aramis: I have prayed every day for forgiveness. But now I realise that forgiveness must come from you before it can come from God.

Louis: Of all the wonders I have seen, I've never looked upon anything as beautiful as you.

Aramis: Porthos... don't you understand? I'm trying to pray.
Porthos: You're always praying.

Louis: You think my affairs are empty.
D'Artagnan: I think that it is possible for one man to love one woman all his life and be the better for it, yes.

Athos: It has everything to do with it. The king is a dog. A dog and a coward.

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Trivia: If you look in King Louis' bedroom, there is portrait of the real King Louis XIV.

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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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