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On Guard !

On Guard !

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Alicéleo

Release in France : 03/12/1997


    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.

    Actors (33)

    Production and distribution (5)

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    Foreign production companies :

    Gemini Filmproduktions, Prima, Tiger Cinematografica

    French distribution :


    Co-productions :

    TF1 Films Production, DA Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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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)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Patrick Godeau

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Screenwriters :

    Jérôme Tonnerre, Jean Cosmos, Philippe de Broca

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-François Robin

    Camera Operator :

    Yves Agostini

    Editor :

    Henri Lanoé

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Marie Leroy

    Author of original work :

    Paul Féval

    Executive Producer :

    Françoise Galfrè

    Co-producer :

    Vittorio Cecchi Gori

    Assistant Operators :

    Jean-Paul Agostini, Alain Dutartre

    Production manager :

    Catherine Lapoujade

    Production Designer :

    Bernard Vezat

    Choreographer :

    Corinne Devaux

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany, Italy

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Germany, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    2 h

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    Posters (1)



    Selections (4)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)

    Selection (9)

    Best Actress : Marie Gillain

    Best Cinematography : Jean-François Robin

    Best Editing : Henri Lanoé

    Best Supporting Actor : Vincent Perez

    Best Costume Design : Christian Gasc

    Best Actor : Daniel Auteuil

    Best Original Music : Philippe Sarde

    Best Film

    Best Production Design : Bernard Vezat

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1997

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1997)


    French Feature Films

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


    French Films

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1998

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1998)


    César Award for Best Costume Design : Christian Gasc

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


    Meilleur Acteur : Daniel Auteuil

    Delegations (2)

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)