(released as On Guard
in some English-speaking countries) is a French swashbuckler film
directed by Philippe de Broca
, released in 1997. The story is adapted from Le Bossu
: the Hunchback), the 1858 historical novel by Paul Féval, père
Si tu ne viens pas à Lagardère, Lagardère ira à toi!
("If you don't come to Largardère, Lagardère will come to you!")
Lagardère, cashiered from the army, forms a friendship with a dashing swordsman, the Duc de Nevers. Through Lagardère, Nevers learns that he has a "son" by Blanche de Caylus, a fact previously concealed by his cousin and would-be heir, the wicked Comte de Gonzague. Lagardère and Nevers leave for Caylus, followed by Gonzague and his henchmen who plan to murder Nevers before he can marry Blanche and claim his son and heir. Lagardère delays the attackers, allowing Nevers to marry Blanche, but they murder the wedding party and pursue the child. Nevers is fatally stabbed by a masked Gonzague, who is "branded" on the hand by Lagardère, who then escapes, entrusted with the child and vowing revenge.
Lagardère takes refuge in the mountains, and discovers that the baby "son" is in fact a girl, Aurore. Lagardère escapes with the help of a band of strolling players who convince the pursuing henchmen that Lagardère and Aurore have plunged to their deaths in a mountain torrent. Blanche retires to a convent.
16 years later, Lagardère and Aurore are still... Read More