On Guard

6.5
HD FSK 12 France, Italy 1997 123 min
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German

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Set in the 17th century, an ace swordsman must guard a baby with his life to ensure that an inheritance goes to the right.

Director

Philippe de Broca

Cast

Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini, Claire Nebout, Jean-François Stévenin, Vincent Pérez, Marie Gillain, Yann Collette

Writer

Jean Cosmos, Philippe de Broca

Full description

The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates. The Count has kept secret the existence of the Duke's bastard, recently born. When the Duke learns of his child, he journeys to wed the mother, a baron's daughter, in her father's isolated chateau. The occupants of the castle are surprised and murdered by the Count and his men. The only ones to escape are the Duke's friend, the skilled swordsman Lagardère, and the infant, a girl, now the rightful heiress to the Duke's vast fortune. The Count believes the pair to have drowned, when in fact they have been concealed by a travelling troupe of Italian players. Twenty years pass. The Count has discovered that the two survive and seeks to have them slain. But Lagardère gains the confidence of the Count, and employment as his bookkeeper, through his clever disguise as a hunch-back...

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