On Guard

On Guard

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...

TitleOn Guard
Original TitleLe Bossu
Release DateDecember 3rd, 1997
GenresDrama, Adventure
Runtime
DirectorPhilippe de Broca
WritersPhilippe de Broca, Jean Cosmos
Production CompaniesCecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Alicéléo, Canal+
Production CountriesItaly, France
Plot Keywordsassassination, based on novel or book, bodyguard, cousin, greed, father, marriage, revenge, murder, betrayal, older man younger woman relationship, false accusations, disguise, swashbuckler, hunchback
Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
Lagardère
Fabrice Luchini
Fabrice Luchini
Gonzague
Vincent Pérez
Vincent Pérez
Nevers
Marie Gillain
Marie Gillain
Aurore de Nevers
Yann Collette
Yann Collette
Peyrolles
Jean-François Stévenin
Jean-François Stévenin
Cocardasse
Didier Pain
Didier Pain
Passepoil
Claire Nebout
Claire Nebout
Blanche de Caylus
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
Duca Philippe d'Orléans
Charlie Nelson
Charlie Nelson
Esope
Горбань
On Guard
December 3rd, 1997
December 20th, 1997