The Man in the Iron Mask

1998 PG-13 2h 11m DVD

The Man in the Iron Mask

1998 PG-13 2h 11m DVD
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With France on the brink of revolution thanks to the reign of callous King Louis XIV, the fabled Musketeers reunite and hatch a scheme to replace the sovereign with his unjustly imprisoned twin brother in this star-studded swashbuckler.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Anne Parillaud, Judith Godreche, Edward Atterton, Peter Sarsgaard, Hugh Laurie
Randall Wallace
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), English, French
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this Three Musketeers adventure film based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas includes some fairly overt sexual references (but little nudity) and violence (but little blood). The womanizing, revenge-driven Musketeers themselves are a mixed bag when it comes to role models, but ultimately the movie does advocate teamwork and honesty. Although the slow-moving story not hold teens' interest, fans of Leonardo DiCaprio may be curious to see the baby-faced heartthrob playing dual roles, both good and evil. Parents can take the opportunity to introduce kids to Dumas' books and some of the Musketeer stories that came before this one.

Sexual Content

Porthos is a womanizer and is seen with his hand down women's tops and literally "rolling in the hay" with three women. There are references to his anatomy and performance (such as "hung like a donkey" and "my 'sword' is bent"). The king is also a serial seducer and is seen (and heard) in bed with more than one woman. Nudity consists of a naked male behind. One romantic kiss between D'Artagnan and the queen.


Frequent swordfighting, with lots of stabbing but not a lot of blood. One character is stabbed in the back. There are also guns, some disturbing images of men in prison, and many threats. One character is killed in battle; another character commits suicide by hanging.


Language includes "t-ts," "piss," "s--t," and "God" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

The movie's key theme is that the king is wrong to treat his subjects with contempt and rules through fear, rather than kindness. The movie also advocates teamwork and telling the truth.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Porthos appears drunk, and there is a toast during a celebration scene.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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