On Guard
On Guard (1997)

Its Anglicised title, On Guard!, offers a clue to the subject of this swashbuckling film from French New Wave pioneer Philippe de Broca. Set in the 17th century, Daniel Auteuil stars as an ace swordsman caught up in the rivalry between… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A spirited, old-fashioned swashbuckler.

Doris N. Truong
Dallas Morning News

Sometimes, nothing satisfies like old-fashioned swashbuckling. And in this regard, On Guard delivers.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

It's a tale well told and nearly irresistible.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler that delivers its diversions in grand, uncomplicated fashion.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It was too silly and formulaic to get my undivided attention.

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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

An awkward and indigestible movie.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The sword fighting is well done and Auteuil is a goofy pleasure.

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

For both the artsy foreign-film crowd and the blue-collar action-movie fans

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen M
As someone who doesn't make enough effort to track down the movies he'd really like to see, and who rarely troubles to watch anything a second time,… More
Stella Dallas
outlandish but loads of fun. the kind of film i thought they didn't make anymore: swashbuckling in grand style!
Arash Xak
Fun to watch & nothing more