Le Bossu (On Guard)
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This period swashbuckler, set during the years 1699 to 1716, is the seventh screen adaptation of Paul Feval's 1857 serialized novel. Trained in circus stunts and fencing, Lagardere (Daniel Auteuil) becomes the bodyguard of the Duke of Nevers (Vincent Perez), whose cousin is the greedy Gonzague (Luchini). Nevers learns he is a father and plans to marry Blanche de Caylus (Claire Nebout) in order to raise an heir. Gonzague dispatches assassins to kill Nevers, Blanche, and their baby. Dying, Nevers turns the child over to Lagardere, asking him to gain revenge on his killers. The infant is a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sometimes, nothing satisfies like old-fashioned swashbuckling. And in this regard, On Guard delivers."
‑ Doris N. Truong, Dallas Morning News
"It's a tale well told and nearly irresistible."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A dashing hero, dastardly villain and winsome distressed damsel, not to mention a melodramatic plot, thrilling sword fights and high-spirited comedy - all the elements you need to fashion the perfect swashbuckler."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Touché!"
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"In the spirit of Voltaire and Molière, On Guard volleys great wit and deadly gestures in a milieu of lush apparel, landscapes, captivating music and 18th-century lacy sleeves."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler that delivers its diversions in grand, uncomplicated fashion."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It was too silly and formulaic to get my undivided attention."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Vastly enjoyable--a stylish, affectionate, old-fashioned swashbuckler...staged with such elan that the result is completely winning."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
""On Guard!" won't be placed in the pantheon of the best of the swashbucklers but it is a whole lot of fun and you get to see the one of the world's best actors, Daniel Auteuil, have a whale of a good time."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An awkward and indigestible movie."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"The sword fighting is well done and Auteuil is a goofy pleasure."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"For both the artsy foreign-film crowd and the blue-collar action-movie fans"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Turns out to be a nifty swashbuckler whose plot easily could have been lifted from a number of Douglas Fairbanks silent pictures."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"classic cinema served up with heart and humor"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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