It would take Chevalier de Lagardère sixteen years to avenge his friend the Duke of Nevers, assassinated by the infamous Gonzague, king of Parisian finance in the lavish Regency era. Sixteen years, that right may triumph, that honour be saved... that love be found.
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"On Guard"... Ten years ago I said to myself, I'd like to give it a shot, inspired by the lingering memory of having seen the film at the age of seven. I took another look at the Marais/Bourvil version and I thought well, that's been done and well done. However, four years ago, I gave it serious thought anew, and three years ago I asked Jean Cosmos to work on a first draft. Two years ago I gave Philippe de Broca to read. Philippe, Jean Cosmos and Jérôme Tonnerre then worked for 18 months on the screenplay producing 23 versions ! That was followed by 6 months of preproduction and 16 weeks of shooting. Via this adventure, I'd wanted to bring back to life a genre I'd lost sight of, and to film it with the means of today. It's wonderful to be able to share a childhood dream and to see that others take the same joy in sharing it with you." (Patrick Godeau)