teensy post early on, but which will now get a more in-depth examination), The Three Musketeers (1973.) It was one of the very earliest films I can recall seeing in a theater and it enthralled me beyond belief. (And, as I've mentioned here before, it's the movie that taught me how to tell who actors were, apart from the characters they were playing, and led me to always be drawn to "all-star casts" and posters that featured them.)
The movie begins with a sword fight which we eventually learn is between a father (Joss Acklund) and his son (Michael York), with Ackland giving the boy one last go around the barn with his rapier before sending him off to follow his footsteps as a king's musketeer. (The King in this case being Louis XIII.)
here which you may read to learn more about his colorful life and career. At this time, he was was a busy actor, still riding the wave of Women in Love (1969) and the controversial The Devils (1971), both directed by Ken Russell, enough to earn top-billing over a cast of other stars. He is roguishly handsome in the movie and perfectly suited for his heavy-drinking, rabble-rousing character of Athos. Reed died of a heart attack in 1999 at only age sixty-one while making Gladiator (2000.)
image as a buxom sex bomb and gain some cred for her acting in movies like Hannie Caulder (1971) and Kansas City Bomber (1972.) Prior to her arrival on set, her handlers had proclaimed that she be addressed as "Miss Welch" and so anticipation of her was tentative and skeptical, but she soon won over the cast with her willingness to take a pratfall. Welch is seventy-six at present and still works before the cameras occasionally.
The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Swarm (1978.) Now eighty-two, he still works in the occasional movie or on TV.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Logan's Run (1976.) Now seventy-four he, like many of the others, only appears occasionally before the cameras.
Heston had first been offered the role of Athos, but after considering it, instead went for the character part of the villainous cardinal (a rarity for him), with prestige billing. Though he was admittedly too tall for the role, he researched the real man, even employing a putty nose to look more like him. Heston was virtually the king of disaster flicks in the 1970s, with Skyjacked (1972), Earthquake (1974), Airport 1975 (1974), Two Minute Warning (1976) and Gray Lady Down (1978), all of which I adore. He continued acting through the early 2000s, but was affected by Alzheimer's disease, passing away in 2008 at age eighty-four.
The Towering Inferno (1974), with a whole different look and type of person, I was hooked for life. She didn't like the way she was lit in this film, but the choice to go for more ambient, realistic lighting gave a highly authentic touch to the proceedings.
Dunaway really doesn't appear in it all that much. Her storyline kicks into higher gear during the latter part of the tale. Thus, as much as I worship this movie, I like The Four Musketeers even better, in which she really gets a chance to shine. And, yes, I'll be covering that one, too. Very soon.