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On Guard (1997)



Critic Consensus: A spirited, old-fashioned swashbuckler.

Movie Info

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 aristocrats Fabrice Luchini and Vincent Perez, saddled with a baby he must guard with his life to ensure that an inheritance goes to the right rather than the mighty. Breathtaking swordplay scenes that even Errol Flynn would bow to and enough plot twists and turns to spin the head of the Count of Monte Cristo, the film is joyous entertainment but endowed with a sense of morality and spirit that only someone of de Broca's experience can deliver.

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Critic Reviews for On Guard

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

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

January 24, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

January 3, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An awkward and indigestible movie.

January 3, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a tale well told and nearly irresistible.

December 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

December 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

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

November 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for On Guard

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, the fact that I've now seen Le Bossu three times - having actively hunted for it on two of those three occasions(!) - must mean that I'm rather fond of it. Yes, some of the plot developments take a little swallowing, the love story is kind of kinky and the film never quite recovers from the loss of Vincent Perez, but it's romantic to a fault, the period recreation is exquisite, the performances are delightful and there's literally an exciting twist or turn every five or so minutes. What I admire most about Le Bossu, however, is that it's a textbook example of that seemingly effortless French lightness of touch which Hollywood invariably translates into indigestible stodge. Daniel Auteuil is wonderful here.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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outlandish but loads of fun. the kind of film i thought they didn't make anymore: swashbuckling in grand style!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Fun to watch & nothing more

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Arash Xak

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