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January 5, 1993
THE THREE MUSKETEERS OPEN ON: 1 EXT. GASCONY - DAWN 1
Dawn. A verdant field in Gascony. BIRDS CALL from treetops. The WIND RUSTLES through green leaves. A fox darts into a thick hedge. And last, anti-pastoral, out of place -- the sound of CLASHING STEEL. SUPERIMPOSE: France, 1625.
Suddenly, two young men burst INTO VIEW, sword points cutting brilliant arcs through the morning air. The first is GIRARD, bearded, nearly thirty, a man in every facet. The second, D'ARTAGNAN. Younger in appearance and attitude. Exuberant, handsome. And at just this moment, bounding over a low stone wall with a boisterous cry. They battle across an expanse of turf thick with dew. Girard is the more polished combatant. But d'Artagnan is nearly a force of nature. He whips his sword through the air with wild-hearted abandon. He tumbles and somersaults. This is fun. Girard and d'Artagnan cross the field, pass over a wooden fence, struggle toward a stable and hayloft. As they fight, both men utilize a variety of props. Handfuls of hay, a wooden spar, quick kicks from heavy boots. Anything goes as the swords cut through the air. D'Artagnan, gaining increasing advantage, forces Girard up against a peaceful country manor. Girard, seemingly cornered, executes a gymnastic flip onto the roof, fights from this high angle. D'Artagnan merely smiles... and follows. 2 ANGLE ON ROOFTOP 2
Seen briefly in silhouette against the rising sun, Girard and d'Artagnan scramble up the v-shaped rooftop, pause to exchange swipes at the peak, then slide down the other side, attacking, defending, as they go. 3 INCLUDE INTERIOR 3
Inside the manor house, a HANDSOME WOMAN of forty glances up from her writing table, hears FOOTSTEPS on the roof. She reacts -- curious, not afraid -- and steps to an open window. As if to follow the footsteps to the other side.
2. 4 BACK TO SCENE Girard leaps to the ground first -- landing in an enclosure filled with SQUAWKING GEESE. D'Artagnan flies after. The geese scatter, d'Artagnan -- whose wild progress frequently resembles that of a young colt -stumbles briefly. Girard seeks advantage, thrusts his sword toward the young man's heart. But d'Artagnan parries the blow with a heavy gloved hand, rolls over the offending goose -- glances deadpan apology -- and rises to fight again. The epic battle continues. Girard's modest success devolves into desperate flight. D'Artagnan's seemingly endless reserves are wearing him down. Then, at the last possible moment, Girard spies escape: a slowmoving HAYCART RUIMBLING up the country road. He runs toward the cart, leaps upon it, turns back to d'Artagnan with a confident smirk -- an expression that vanishes when the young Gascon executes a nearly impossible leap to join him. And still they battle, the clash of swords a kind of music by now, the men, their exuberance, the bright morning all combined into a dazzlingly heroic display. Just then: The haycart crosses a wooden plank bridge. Girard backs from d'Artagnan's sword, weak from exhaustion, he stumbles. D'Artagnan has his man and he knows it. He prepares one last blow --- And the haycart shifts, deposits both men over the side and down to the small muddy creek below. A comical antidote to all this glorious swordplay. 5 INCLUDE CREEK Girard lands flat on his back, stunned, his sword out of reach. D'Artagnan lands similarly, but recovers with grace, or rather, as much grace as the muddy situation will allow. He rolls toward Girard, sword in hand, and lightly places the sharp gleaming tip against his adam's apple. A long beat. Then a surprise. Girard begins to laugh, long and loud. D'Artagnan responds with a charmed smile. D'ARTAGNAN Had enough? GIRARD (breathless deadpan) I believe now would be a good time to end your, uhm, formal training. Well done. (CONTINUED) 5 4
. then steps inside. 9 INCLUDE FATHER'S STUDY 9 A Spartan interior... I'll bet. souvenirs from battles won and lost.DAY D'Artagnan races across the green fields. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE She stands at the open window. races off without another word.? D'Artagnan comes upon an open door. muddy and soaked.HANDSOME WOMAN'S POV . Heraldic emblems upon the wall. 5 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Thank you.. (CONTINUED) . ing proudly as he goes. a small room beyond.3. calls out: D'ARTAGNAN Mother. Sadness too.cut to ribbons. sir. D'ARTAGNAN'S HOME . watches his coltish high steps with love..? But he does not see her. peers at the shape of his clothing -.DAY D'Artagnan steps through the country manor. D'Artagnan leaps to his feet. chatter8 7 6 5 D'ARTAGNAN Did you see us? You heard us. D'Artagnan continues... GASCONY . He pauses.. CUT TO: 8 INT. though I almost had to kill him to get it. Girard finally surrendered a compliment. GIRARD And god have mercy on whomever you meet next. Mother. Girard struggles upward. CUT TO: 6 EXT. triumphant.
MOTHER I watched you this morning and saw someone I knew. MOTHER Your father was a proud man. on it the words: "All For One. Below it. D'Artagnan sighs. You have your father's heart." And. moved) Father's sword. his courage. That is why he gave his life. With the King's Musketeers. kneels at an open chest. He knew that his strength was a gift to be given in the service of honor. I never knew one as brave or as kind. In Paris. and One For All. (CONTINUED) . d'Artagnan's mother. But these gifts have no value unless they are given. holds the sword out to him. His mother speaks quietly. for both. She reaches into the chest. MOTHER (HANDSOME WOMAN) Sit down.4. That is why he dedicated his life to his country and his King. And he had a right to be. sits in a large wooden chair. She turns back to him. D'ARTAGNAN Didn't you hear me? Girard -MOTHER Sit. A beat. carefully extracts a beautiful saber. She rises. (re: sword) You'll need this. MOTHER It's time for you find your fortune with men as brave and as bold as you are. 9 CONTINUED: 9 A piece of parchment. his will to fight. D'ARTAGNAN (quiet. eyes turned back to the open chest. a worn blue and gold tunic. in a place of honor. the Handsome Woman.
DAY 10 A huge and beautiful field appropriate to the moment. MOTHER Never run from a fight. handed from generation to generation. youthful innocence. (CONTINUED) Except . GASCONY . takes it firmly into his hands. MOTHER And now to you. It is your special heritage. 9 CONTINUED: (2) MOTHER Forged in the Crusades. D'ARTAGNAN I won't. D'Artagnan can't help it. Never forget the code of the d'Artagnans. MOTHER Never submit to insults.. MOTHER I'm not your mother now. D'Artagnan 9 With that. I'm speaking for your father. she holds out the beautiful saber. son.. D'ARTAGNAN And now to me. D'ARTAGNAN Never. His mother smiles as she repeats. his eager reply leavens the nobility of the moment with warm humor. D'Artagnan holds a restless horse by the reins. CUT TO: 10 EXT.5. (beat) Always seek out adventure.. from the King. his traveling satchel attached to the saddle. Mother and son stand in the vast expanse.. D'ARTAGNAN I will. Yes. And this is what he would have told you.
D'ARTAGNAN Got it. gently to urge him forward. Until after harvest. Maybe I should wait. and watches him ride into the distance.6. and a drafty old house. D'ARTAGNAN But what am I running from? MOGHER (gentle humor) A shrew of a mother. 10 CONTINUED: MOTHER And be wary of Cardinal Richelieu for he rules France through the King. shoots off across bright green fields. now turns. practice your horsemanship. D'Artagnan sweeps his Mother into an embrace. she releases him. A bittersweet moment. and leaps into the saddle. His Mother shields her eyes from the sun. understands. D'Artagnan digs his heels into the horse's flanks. His mother smiles. D'Artagnan posed before his first great adventure. He manages a charmed grin. 11 HIGH ANGLE D'Artagnan's flight toward a new world. D'Artganan's mother smiles. scolds: MOTHER And for heaven's sake. But not completely certain that he wishes to leave home. And in this fashion. Horsemanship. D'Artagnan struggles to gain control. Now go. DISSOLVE TO: 11 . finally brings the horse to rein. skitters in a half-cicle. feels a gathering of tears. And speaks 10 MOTHER You've heard that every man in the Musketeers is on the run from someone or something? Yes. D'ARTAGNAN Mother. The horse reacts with a start. heroic.
Or haven't you heard? (cold command) Throw it on the fire. JUSSAC But this is the emblem of the Musketeers. drop them into a pile that already contains their swords and muskets.. who view their hated enemies' plight with satisfaction. it is instantly consumed. ROCHEFORT The Musketeers no longer exist. MONSIEUR DE TREVILLE forces a salute toward the captain of the Cardinal's Guards. serves as background for the MAIN TITLES. The latter is supervised by the Cardinal's Guards. JUSSAC What should I do with this? Jussac offers black finery. The Musketeers remain stoic throughout. This is the COUNT Richelieu's right hand. the end of an era. elegant wraith in a patch covers one eye. pries it off the wall. The fallen emblem is retrieved by JUSSAC. hands over his own musket. DE ROCHEFORT. ROCHEFORT Throw it on the fire with everything else. (CONTINUED) 14 . This is a sad day for the Musketeers. unwilling to reveal the depth of their despair. one of the deadliin all of France. Rochefort watches it burn. Jussac hastily adds the emblem to the fiery blaze. the blade of a sword ENTERS FRAME. an officer who wears the bright red tunic of the Cardinal's Guards. The emblem falls to the floor with an undignified thud. It slides beneath the emblem. 12 EMBLEM OF KING'S MUSKETEERS 12 It FILLS the SCREEN.. funereal silence as a hundred Musketeers remove their blue and gold tunics. and the MUSIC ENDS. As the FINAL CREDIT APPEARS. then walks to a balcony overlooking a vast courtyard. est swordsmen the emblem to a tall.7. 14 INCLUDE COURTYARD Grim. 13 INCLUDE MUSKETEERS' HEADQUARTERS 13 A room in the Musketeers Headquarters. A fire blazes in a huge hearth behind it.
In preparation for the coming war with England. Should even one of you resist. (CONTINUED) . But before they can attack the Guards.' As Rochefort intended. You will be contacted and told where to report.. Muttered curses and dissent throughout. Until that time. (with pleasure and disdain) 'All for one.. the entire corps will be arrested and imprisoned. He steps to the railing. A hundred faces turn upward to regard him. his voice to be heard: Rochefort raises ROCHEFORT You are hereby ordered to disperse.8. Rochefort is not intimidated by this sea of contempt. your ranks and commissions are hereby transferred to the Infantry.. is the saddest moment of all. addresses the men below. He revels in it. the Musketeers explode. de Treville's commanding voice calls out above the clamor. And on each the same expression -. DE TREVILLE (shouting to Rochefort) And who will protect the King? ROCHEFORT The Cardinal's Guards are more than capable of assuming that. the Musketeers are officially disbanded. ROCHEFORT By joint edict of His Majesty King Louis XIII and His Eminence Cardinal Richelieu. and one for all. you are instructed to return to your homes... a cruel smile twists his lips. responsibility..absolute loathing for the man in black. ROCHEFORT Musketeers. 14 This Rochefort watches from above. 14 CONTINUED: Treville is the respected leader of the Musketeers.
That's when he catches a glimpse of something behind him. Wait. He goes to a mirror and preens. RICHELIEU Three? (CONTINUED) . Rochefort turns. Even in defeat. ARMAND DU PLEISS THE CARDINAL RICHELIEU steps out of the darkness and into the light. His eyes are penetrating. 15 ROCHEFORT 15 14 He returns to the adjoining room where Jussac stands by. Rochefort and Jussac instantly fall to their knees. shrewd and intelligent.. He smiles his crocodile smile. Rochefort has enjoyed himself immensely. DE TREVILLE Go to your homes. a tall. ROCHEFORT Your Eminence. Their eyes go to de Treville. a flicker of irritation. RICHELIEU Have they all been accounted for? ROCHEFORT (hedging) All but. his long crimson robes swirling about him like clouds of blood. Our day will come again. 14 CONTINUED: (2) DE TREVILLE Musketeers! And with that. the Musketeers freeze. a spectre in red. Then. three.9. De Treville shoots a defiant look at Rochefort who smiles in a patronizing manner. On Richelieu's face. de Treville is stoic. de Treville leads his Musketeers out of the courtyard. adjusting his eye patch to a more rakish angle. His face is long.. Richelieu observes a duty roster on one of the walls. past and present. There is a moment of silence as de Treville chooses his words carefully. It contains the names of all the Musketeers. powerfully built MAN stands in the shadows of the room. Something red.
But wait. not excuses. It appears the Gruards are celebrating a victory. CUT TO: 16 EXT. On closer inspection. Some are unconscious. They sit at the head of the table. They are all bruised and bloody.wine.is called PORTHOS. Bring them in at once. and they rush toward the tavern. Jussac shouts: JUSSAC Release that man!! Happy to comply. the aftermath of a violent fight. BOULEVARD OF CRIME . with a wink and a piratical grin. They react to SHOUTING and VIOLENT NOISES coming from a tavern ahead. and a big Musketeer dangles a struggling Guard by his feet.. On the floor around them are their swords and rifles. (CONTINUED) 17 16 15 . relaxing with their boots up.. Jussac darkens. song -. The one called. bruised and bloody. we see that the Guards have been stripped to their underclothes and tied to their chairs with ropes. Just then: A window on the second floor bursts open. a man of enormous appetites -. threatening to drop him into the street. Then. 17 INT. RICHELIEU I want those Musketeers. women. The Musketeer. 15 CONTINUED: JUSSAC (speaking up) I sent a patrol to find them but it hasn't returned yet. The Dead Rat. and two of the Cardinal's Guards are flung into the street. Porthos lets go of the Guard who plunges to the street with a dull thud.DAY Jussac leads a regiment of the Cardinal's Gruards down Paris' most colorful and notorious street. signals his men. There's something wrong with this picture.10. all is calm. But for now. Porthos ducks inside. The tavern door flies open. Presiding over the "celebration" are two Musketeers. A group of the Cardinal's Guards is seated around a big table littered with flagons and bottles. TAVERN Jussac and his company burst in and discover the room in a shambles.
At the moment. ATHOS What's the difference? (CONTINUED) He is the . their planner and strategist. Go away. JUSSAC (approaching) What is this? Athos greets him with a dark smile.a poet and idealist -. ATHOS A private party. ARAMIS Or the Cardinal. ATHOS The Cyclops is a Captain? He must've made a pact with the Devil. Athos is the unofficial leader of the Three Musketeers. Athos and Aramis exchange looks. ARAMIS Athos -. Your friends have been expecting you. he's sewing up a nasty gash on his right arm. Jussac is not amused.is that any way to greet our guests? Aramis leaps to his feet and bows graciously. epitome of politeness. 17 CONTINUED: 17 One of them casually cleans his sword with a lace handkerchief.11. gentlemen. the most handsome and dashing of the Musketeers -. Come in. His companion is ATHOS.also its most mysterious and tortured. the Musketeers' deadliest and most charismatic member -. JUSSAC Your presence is requested at Musketeer Headquarters by Captain Rochefort. He is ARAMIS.a gentleman of great personal charm and style. ARAMIS Don't be shy.
(CONTINUED) 17 . Jussac takes a step forward. 17 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS (with an edge of contempt) The Devil is more ethical than the Cardinal. just about even with a large wagon wheel chandelier. It would be impolite. ATHOS These gentlemen made a similar request. only Jussac has been spared. When the dust clears. Porthos? To the Guards' surprise. But I'll leave it up to my companions. Porthos jumps from the balcony and lands atop the chandelier. Porthos rides the chandelier down as it lands squarely atop Jussac's Guards. Athos tips back in his chair and gazes upward. squashing them. ATHOS And what do you say. JUSSAC Are you refusing to come peaceably? ATHOS Probably. JUSSAC You're instructed to come with me and surrender your tunics. His weight causes the chains suspending it to break. Porthos is balancing on the balcony rail above. fingering his saber. PORTHOS I'll be right down! With the grace of an aerialist. Athos indicates the bloody Guards around him. With a whoop of pleasure.12. Aramis? ARAMIS We can't refuse Rochefort's invitation. With a sweeping gesture. He looks on in disbelief as Porthos extricates himself from the wreckage and calmly brushes his clothes off.
ATHOS About those tunics. Paris is a magical place where the wildest of dreams can come true. put on their hats. and Aramis step to the street. 17 CONTINUED: (3) PORTHOS (to Athos and Aramis. threatening look. 19 D'ARTAGNAN His heroic blood stirs. 19 . Athos and Aramis sheathe their swords. pauses on a bluff overlooking the magnificent city on the Seine. Jussac turns to watch Athos. He mutters as if to curse: JUSSAC Musketeers. brought down the house. Porthos. wrap their capes around them and cross the room to join Porthos. D'Artagnan's reverie is broken by the sound of THUNDERING HOOFBEATS coming from behind. CUT TO: 18 EXT. Porthos. HIGH ROAD TO PARIS .DAY 18 D'Artagnan. d'Artagnan leaps from his horse. Quickly formulating a plan. You 17 PORTHOS My aim was off. on horseback. Women in danger! As the women GALLOP past.. What he beholds is Paris as it looked in the early part of the Seventeenth Century. its steeples and towers rising to meet the sky. Athos fixes Jussac with a dark. He turns in response and what he sees is this: Two women on horseback are riding for all they're worth pursued by two men on horseback. For a country boy like d'Artagnan. he clambers up the trunk of a nearby tree and climbs out on a branch that overhangs the road. cheerful) Ready when you are.13.. ARAMIS Congratulations. I was trying to hit Jussac. Now.
One down. The rider hits the ground and is knocked senseless. laughs with delight and rides off. knocking him out of the saddle. a beautiful darkhaired girl in her late teens. out of breath. D'Artagnan is stunned. titan-haired and equally beautiful. He catches the second rider's arm and yanks him right out of the saddle. D'Artagnan scrambles to his feet as the second rider reverses direction and GALLOPS back. then d'Artagnan. Before he can recover. One swift punch -. charging d'Artagnan. Her name is CONSTANCE. Two down. D'Artagnan dodges the horse and the sword. She shakes her head. d'Artagnan leaps into space and tackles one of them. D'Artagnan stands over his two victims. 20 ANGLE As the two riders pass underneath. I'd make myself scarce.14. D'ARTAGNAN The Queen? Constance points a finger in Anne's direction. CONSTANCE Do you have any idea what you've done? D'ARTAGNAN I've saved you and your friend from these bandits. He looks up as the two women ride back to see what's happened. Anne regards the two men on the ground. CONSTANCE If I were you. Her name is ANNE. CONSTANCE These 'bandits' are the Queen's own bodyguards. She smiles down at d'Artagnan from atop her horse. Her companion is roughly the same age. These men are going to be very angry when they wake up. d'Artagnan is upon him with flying fists. but greatly pleased with his performance. Constance remains. The first woman is of noble breeding. (CONTINUED) 20 . The rider draws his saber. The man lands with a painful thud at d'Artagnan's feet.and the second rider is senseless.
. stops suddenly. feeling foolish and oddly thrilled at the same time. D'Artagnan stands in the middle of the road... D'ARTAGNAN I didn't know. Good-bye. but a very handsome one. Then he looks up at Constance.. The two bodyguards groan and grumble. went that way. d'Artagnan spurs his horse and rides like Hell.15. (pointing in the opposite direction) . D'ARTAGNAN (calling after her) You didn't tell me your 20 Wait! name! But Constance is gone... D'ARTAGNAN The man who attacked you.. With a guilty smile. d'Artagnan. Constance spurs her horse and rides off to catch up with Anne. COUNTRY ROAD 21 D'Artagnan rides to the top of the ridge.. CONSTANCE You're a very foolish boy. CUT TO: 21 EXT. Constance smiles at him.. CONSTANCE Do you have a name? D'ARTAGNAN D'Artagnan. A bright reflection catches d'Artagnan's eye. 20 CONTINUED: D'Artagnan looks at the two bodyguards who are beginning to recover.. He picks it up and.. her eyes twinkling. I thought. He looks down and sees a gleaming bracelet. sees something that takes his breath away. feeling like a prize idiot.
(CONTINUED) . MUSKETEER HEADQUARTERS . ARAMIS Conduct Unbecoming a Musketeer. promising adventure and romance. Athos and Aramis have a few guard tunics themselves. ATHOS I was trying to remember the last time I saw you here. It was the day you were kicked out of the Musketeers. He drops it on the ground. cloaked in mystery. Rochefort enters from behind an archway. 22 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV Paris laid out for him like a jewel. D'Artagnan watches the women as they ride into the fabled city in the distance. he keeps pulling red tunics out of the most bizarre places.DAY Athos. CUT TO: 23 INT. PORTHOS (to Aramis) What did he say? ARAMIS He said he'll take those tunics. and Porthos sweep into the now deserted courtyard. Porthos is visibly distraught. Musketeers. I know.16.the last thing they expected -stops them in their tracks. There's one in his hat. digs into a pocket and takes out another. haunted by the ghosts of generations of Musketeers. They pull them out and drop them into the growing pile. 23 22 Porthos reaches inside his cloak and takes out a crumpled red tunic he took from one of the Cardinal's guards. Wasn't that the charge? ROCHEFORT You ought to know. Tunics? PORTHOS Coming right up. ROCHEFORT I'll take those tunics. Like a magician. Three witnesses stood against me. Aramis. The place is a cemetery. Silence -. He follows. He finds another in his boot and another up his sleeve.
Athos. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . From enemies across the sea. men. speaks with quiet power: ATHOS Do that. Rochefort lobs a taunt. PORTHOS Same thing. these days. 23 CONTINUED: ATHOS It was the least we could do. ROCHEFORT You are hereby ordered to surrender your commissions and make yourselves available for reassignment in the King's Army. not now. who has remained silent.' Athos cuts him off with a look. He's familiar with Porthos' propensity for tall tales. But not here. Tell his Emminence the Cardinal that we will continue to perform our sworn duty to protect the King. The bitter memory hangs in the air for a moment. Rochefort. Hunted 23 PORTHOS It doesn't matter where I go or what I do. ARAMIS France has one King too many. ROCHEFORT I'll tell him you said that. ROCHEFORT Are you refusing to serve your King? ARAMIS We are refusing to serve the Cardinal. Athos turns back to the balcony. ATHOS And if we refuse? ROCHEFORT You will become outlaws.17. Sooner or later somebody's calling me 'outlaw.
our muskets. And tell him that he can take away our tunics. The gauntlet has been thrown. ATHOS (interrupts) We'll meet at the Columbier-Rouge at sundown. PORTHOS Outlaws.. (CONTINUED) A . I suppose we'll have to get our affairs in order. But I can't promise he'll be pleased. Rochefort picks it up with 23 ROCHEFORT I'll make sure His Emminence the Cardinal gets the message. The Musketeers regard each other. Rochefort steps back. And to plan our new lives. (off their looks) To celebrate. beat. And that is all that remains. ATHOS The three Musketeers. ARAMIS When it comes to you and women. Musketeers.18. ARAMIS Are you going to visit them alphabetically or in order of preference? PORTHOS Alphabetically seems. glee. disappears into the shadows.. even our swords. 23 CONTINUED: (2) ATHOS (CONT'D) From traitors who sit at his right hand. But he cannot stop us from being what we are. ARAMIS Citizens of France. fair. if we're going to be outlaws. PORTHOS Well. fairness rarely applies.
D'ARTAGNAN (as he enters) Look out! ATHOS (wincing in pain) Aaarrgghh. A country boy happily stunned by the sights.. Merchants gossip and call to each other from shop doors. and smells of the city. 23 CONTINUED: (3) 23 Athos. puppeteers. sounds. wow! The future belongs to him. CUT TO: 24 EXT.DAY 24 D'Artagnan rides through the streets of Paris. aren't I? ATHOS (through gritted teeth) Not as far as I'm concerned.. Acrobats. Porthos. D'ARTAGNAN (in a panic. the door flies open and smacks him in his injured arm. 25 ATHOS 25 He crosses the courtyard to a large wooden door. D'Artagnan views it all with great enthusiasm..19. He sees the exterior of the Musketeer Headquarters. and jugglers perform on street corners. D'Artagnan has no idea who he's dealing with. LAUGHTER and MUSIC drift from taverns and public houses.. D'ARTAGNAN But this is Musketeer Headquarters. (CONTINUED) . Colorful vendors and pedestrians move along the crowded boulevard. looking around) Where are they? Where are the Musketeers? I'm in the right place. STREETS OF PARIS .. But as he reaches for the handle.. Athos is wearing his cape in such a way that it hides his Musketeer tunic. and Aramis step in different directions.
25 CONTINUED: ATHOS No. D'ARTAGNAN What do you mean 'disbanded'? ATHOS Some nonsense about being needed in the army. Now if you'll excuse me. This was Musketeer Headquarters. D'Artagnan grabs Athos by his injured arm.. Athos. D'ARTAGNAN But I just got here. Athos exits. How can I become a Musketeer if they've been disbanded? ATHOS I'd say you've got a problem. eyes flashing at the possibility of a duel. stifling pain. D'ARTAGNAN You mean it's been moved? ATHOS I mean the Musketeers have been disbanded. ATHOS You could use a lesson in manners. Feel free to poke around for souvenirs. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 25 . D'ARTAGNAN (calling after him) I'll be there ten minutes early..but I'll meet you at the Carmes-Deshaux monastery at noon. D'Artagnan touches his sword. D'Artagnan blocks Athos' path. fixes d'Artagnan with a deadly look. D'ARTAGNAN Any time. ATHOS I'm in a hurry now -.20.
It's a Seventeenth Century traffic jam. blocking the lane. down a narrow lane. don't you see? As an outlaw I'll be constantly on the run from the Cardinal's guards. speaking amiably to a pretty woman on the other side. tie their horses. makes an obscene gesture.. and I already have my first duel! Just then. But he takes two quick steps. D'Artagnan doesn't notice. and.21. his rogue's grin. d'Artangnan spies two familiar figures on horseback. D'Artagnan leaps off his horse. 27 ANOTHER ANGLE 27 26 25 reveals Porthos leaning against an open window. manages a nod. He dashes through a muddy puddle -. Fellow travelers shout complaints. A man waits in the shadows to escort them. 25 CONTINUED: (2) D'ARTAGNAN (CONT'D) (to himself) An hour in Paris. a refugee. She dabs a tear from her eye. though he does not yet know their names. STREETS OF PARIS . (CONTINUED) . distinctive cloaks hiding their faces.spraying foul water all over Porthos where he stands. D'Artagnan hurries after. runs directly into Porthos' outstretched hand. PORTHOS But. I'm thinking of them now. the cart driver shakes his head. D'Artagnan sees Anne and Constance dismount in the distance.. he means to continue his pursuit on foot. CUT TO: 26 EXT. Anne and Constance. and step into an alley. a huge cart loaded with wine barrels has rolled INTO VIEW.DAY START CLOSE ON Porthos. and speeds after the ladies on horseback. d'Artagnan races around another corner. the twinkle in his eye. Catherine. Think of all the places you can hide me. 28 ANGLE ON D'ARTAGNAN 28 Meanwhile.
I'm in a hurry. (CONTINUED) 28 . PORTHOS (to pretty woman) Madame Augustine. (back to d'Artagnan. Porthos' righteous indignation is more impressive than his knowledge of current affairs. would you excuse me for a moment. D'ARTAGNAN There is no Queen of America. ever the gentleman) Now. and worse.literally. PORTHOS It is a gift from the Queen of America. a unique and expensive sash. now thoroughly soiled.and sees the Musketeer's muddied tunic. D'Artagnan corrects. PORTHOS (not a glimmer of a grin) Do you know where this sash comes from? D'ARTAGNAN No. PORTHOS (amused) I was? D'ARTAGNAN That seems to be the local custom. and you were about to challenge me to a duel.22. 28 CONTINUED: D'Artagnan looks up -. I'm going to kill him. the Queen of America except there isn't one. where were we? D'ARTAGNAN (glancing at the ladies. He shakes his head. Porthos lets out a weary sigh. muddied your sash. given Porthos' impressive stature -. the alley) I rode through a puddle.
looks left and right. D'ARTAGNAN The great who? PORTHOS The great Porthos.. close the door behind them. PORTHOS Don't you know who I am? D'ARTAGNAN The world's greatest talker? Porthos couldn't be more insulted.ALLEY . makes a hasty decision. and finds himself face to face with the man who has escorted Anne and Constance this far. rage. and tumbles into a shadowy lane. skids across cobblestones. rips the door open. D'Artagnan gives him a blank look.. down a short street.. The ladies enter a chapel's back door.. D'ARTAGNAN Let me pass. runs down yet another alley. 28 CONTINUED: (2) PORTHOS Everywhere I go.. He stops. And does see them. turns a corner. (when d'Artagnan isn't impressed) Me. races down the alley. (CONTINUED) 29 . you idiot. STREETS OF PARIS . you little puke! You want to die? So be it! One o'clock behind the Luxembourg! And bring a coffin! D'ARTAGNAN Bring your own! 29 EXT.. it's always the same. There's always some kid who thinks he's hot with a sword.23. He sputters with 28 PORTHOS All right.DAY D'Artagnan thinks he sees Anne and Constance... some itchy punk who wants to go up against the great Porthos. D'Artagnan flies after.
ROOM PAN ACROSS the Virgin Mary and many lit candles to a BEAUTIFUL DAMSEL sharing a love seat with the third Musketeer.24. the dashing Aramis. He's not the least bit embarrassed. CARDINAL'S GUARD The young women do not wish to be spoken to. 29 CONTINUED: CARDINAL'S GUARD I'm afraid that's not possible. only slightly amused. I'm flattered but I thought you wanted me to tutor you in theology. ARAMIS Madam. Aramis politely extricates himself. D'ARTAGNAN No. (CONTINUED) 30 29 . Aramis has a book open and is reading from it. The Damsel suddenly grabs Aramis and kisses him on the mouth. Would you be so kind as to point out the Carmes-Deshaux Monastery? The Guard points to a large building in the distance with a large cross. D'ARTAGNAN I must speak to those young women. GUARD (alert) What? D'ARTAGNAN A bracelet. GUARD I'll deliver it for you. CUT TO: 30 INT. D'ARTAGNAN I have something that belongs to the Queen. you've been enough help already.
allembracing way. . That's when the door bursts open and the lady's husband.S.) ARAMIS First we must pray to God for forgiveness. a pounding on 30 MAN (O. I lost control and became impassioned. DAMSEL Yes. the door. On the contrary. knees. Open up! DAMSEL (a gasp of fear) My husband! ARAMIS Your husband!? DAMSEL Aramis -. Aramis puts one foot on the ledge and leaps into space.run! But Aramis' heart is too noble. an irate MARQUIS enters with a pistol. Monsieur Aramis. Religion should be experienced in a passionate. It won't happen again. ARAMIS There's nothing unholy about expressing one's emotions. God's often busy. But when you started talking about Original Sin. Aramis leaps to his feet and sprints for the open window. As the Marquis aims and FIRES. He gets down on his Suddenly. His eyes blaze with madness. He aims the pistol at Aramis' head.25. We should feel free to express our spirituality. darling! The Damsel attacks him again. 30 CONTINUED: DAMSEL Excuse me. The shot misses him by inches. ARAMIS On second thought.
D'ARTAGNAN (angry) Get off me! D'Artagnan pushes Aramis aside. Aramis lands on top of him and they go crashing to the cobblestones. 31 STREET BELOW As d'Artagnan runs past..26. ARAMIS If that's where you wish to die. Aramis grabs d'Artagnan by the scruff of his neck and pulls him back... I won't disappoint you. You broke my fall perfectly. too. ARAMIS If there's one thing I can't abide. Aramis takes off.. D'ARTAGNAN I suppose you'd like to teach me a lesson in manners. But I do apologize for the inconvenience. Another duel! 31 D'ARTAGNAN How's two o'clock behind the Luxembourg? Aramis bows politely. ARAMIS I'd be honored.. D'ARTAGNAN You fell on me! ARAMIS And I apologized for it. As they untangle themselves and get up. ARAMIS Thanks. it's rudeness. Until then. I love this town. D'Artagnan brightens.. d'Artagnan swells with pride. CUT TO: . D'ARTAGNAN Three duels in one day.
you surprised me. We hear: MAN (O. Anne steps to the great map of the world. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . The SENESCHAL exits. or rather. Queen Anne. ANNE (V. Anne pauses. feels a pang of separation. And a long way from home.O. chilled by the ghosts of all the French kings and queens who came before her. An entire wall is covered with a spectacular map of the world. The map contains every known country and continent.DAY 33 32 Anne.. Cardinal Richelieu steps out of the darkness. including the New World. I.. closing the doors with a resounding boom. 33 INT. powerfully built man stands in the shadows. The Cardinal kisses it. A tall.O.S.. a spectre in red.DAY The Royal Palace of Louis XIII. ANNE Cardinal Richelieu. Your Majesty. Considering a reply. RICHELIEU (rising up) Forgive me. Twin thrones occupy a raised dais.) Have you seen the King? SENESCHAL (V. she extends her hand. THRONE ROOM .? sure. I'm not He smiles. My ride. 32 EXT. Barely a woman. He bows before Anne. steps into the throne room... Austria.. And for the first time. ANNE Well. all alone in the big.. Anne reacts with a start. She reaches out to touch her own country.27.. she looks and acts her age. RICHELIEU How was your ride? Richelieu's question takes her by surprise. drafty chamber. LOUVRE . a massive cathedral-like chamber.) Your Majesty.) No.
I've barely seen His Majesty since our wedding. RICHELIEU He's young. and that was three months ago. Richelieu turns to the great map. is nonetheless touched by his concern. Richelieu brings his eyes back to Anne. 33 ANNE Mostly. Your father and I thought yours would bring Austria and France closer together. your secret is safe with me. RICHELIEU You're homesick. ANNE Thank you. he is absent. His manner is both charming and paternal. continues: RICHELIEU Austria's loss is France's gain. not blind.28. It is a matter of State. Is that the same thing? RICHELIEU Sometimes. Whenever he's around me. Nonsense. he has nothing to say. RICHELIEU Arranged marriages can be difficult. (CONTINUED) . ANNE I'm not sure my new husband shares your opinion. But rest assured. Anne. ANNE (after a beat) Lonely. smart enough to exercise caution in all her palace dealings. speaks gently. 33 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU (CONT'D) But your welfare is more than a matter of personal interest.
formulates a reply. The boy who lost his father. Louis and I remain. The Seneschal steps aside as LOUIS XIII enters.. RICHELIEU Your Majesty.? RICHELIEU Flatter him.. I have watched him grow toward manhood. Make the boy feel like a King. But most of all. he is not yet sure exactly who he is. Or the King of France. I'm afraid. far apart. I've been looking for you. He is surprisingly young. He is shy.. 33 CONTINUED: (2) ANNE Countries align more swiftly than people. yet stubborn. nods assent.. RICHELIEU Louis was only nine years old when his father was assassinated. yet boastful. (CONTINUED) Anne 33 . not condescension. the Seneschal chants: SENESCHAL His Majesty. Anne considers his eloquent advice. So that the King may be your husband. no older than d'Artagnan. RICHELIEU May I advise you? He says it with seeming humility. ANNE But how can I.29. Giving. the King. seen the toll his life demands. As Louis strides toward them.. when the huge doors to the throne room open with a dull boom. Richelieu and Anne bow. A boy who is not allowed to be a boy sometimes has difficulty becoming a man. His face is handsome and intelligent. He lost his childhood forever that day.. LOUIS Cardinal Richelieu.
. LOUIS I've just been told that you went ahead and disbanded my Musketeers. LOUIS Please. Anne. I demand an answer..30. aware that she is watching him) Your Eminence. replies: ANNE Would you like me to go? Louis suddenly remembers the reason he's here. RICHELIEU They are the bravest fighters in France. behind a formal veneer. emboldened by Richelieu's confidences.. Anne.. France is on the brink of war. RICHELIEU (hiding his amusement) Perhaps if I knew the question. explain the situation. LOUIS But not the timing of the matter. stay.. RICHELIEU Your Majesty. he reacts with an almost imperceptible start. Her presence catches him off guard. LOUIS Oh. ation breeds a more capable attitude. I didn't know you were here. We dare not hesitate. LOUIS But these men are my personal guards. Hello. I intended to address them myself.. No. not to mention his love. RICHELIEU You approved the decision. 33 CONTINUED: (3) 33 When Louis sees Anne. (MORE) (CONTINUED) Determin- . (to Richelieu. Louis hides his nervousness.
RICHELIEU Forgive me. She means it. steps toward LOUIS Are you all right? Anne? ANNE You two should continue this discussion in private.. exits. LOUIS (hesitates. the door. and for France. (CONTINUED) .. 33 CONTINUED: (4) RICHELIEU (CONT'D) We'll need them in the field if we're to win this war with England.. A tense beat. For me.31. Richelieu receives the rebuke with quiet grace. Anne smiles. feeling out of place. RICHELIEU Very. help. RICHELIEU Extremely. They might. Anne watches the latter closely. suppresses a smile. Buckingham plans to invade La Rochelle within the month. LOUIS She's beautiful. Louis sighs. 33 Anne.. you're doing very well on your own. LOUIS Intelligent. A beat. Of course. The boy is nearer to King than Richelieu imagined. seeks a reason for her to stay) Your thoughts on the matter interest me. ANNE It seems to me that. I thought it best to act quickly -LOUIS I will be the judge of what is best. He says it with newfound resolve.
What's a man to do? LOUIS (enjoying the Cardinal's humor) I have no idea. It's just that the Musketeers.. Let alone a King. into place. As do all women who join beauty to intelligence. LOUIS The bravest man in France. Cardinal surprises with quiet humor: RICHELIEU She scares me too. RICHELIEU But don't worry. no matter how you feel. appreciating it. and everything else will fall. (MORE) (CONTINUED) And Louis And the 33 . They're my friends too. But.. RICHELIEU The course of love is full of frightful turns. RICHELIEU Good advice for a shopkeeper.. well. A beat. never let her know that you are anything other than the bravest and most confident man in France. speaking as a son: LOUIS Your Eminence. they're not just my guards. Louis nods. I know... Richelieu acting as the lost father... no matter how hopelessly afraid. Make that your starting point. RICHELIEU May I advise you? Repetition reveals calculation. I'm sorry that I was sharp with you. 33 CONTINUED: (5) LOUIS (after a beat) Sometimes she scares me half to death.32..
CUT TO: 35 EXT./EXT. Walking quickly down a long hallway. 33 CONTINUED: (6) RICHELIEU (CONT'D) From now on. lewd) She will receive me in ways she never thought possible. and for a moment. ROCHEFORT (reacts. STREETS OF PARIS . knows what this portends) And the Queen. He looks up in time to see the passenger inside. (CONTINUED) . Privately. time seems to stop.. CUT TO: 34 INT. RICHELIEU That foolish boy is about to become a man. quickly. And barely that.. ROCHEFORT He's a foolish boy. stumbles. THRONE ROOM/HALLWAY . watching the King and Queen below. I'll take complete responsibility for your welfare.DAY 35 34 33 D'Artagnan walks proudly toward the Carmes-Deschaux monastery. bold and brave.. idiot!! A speeding carriage bears down on him. (off Rochefort's look) Which is all the more reason for us to act.33. his future at hand.? RICHELIEU (he smiles.) Get out of the way. HOLD ON the Cardinal and Rochefort.DAY Richelieu bursts out of the Throne Room and is joined by Rochefort..S. Suddenly. D'Artagnan leaps from its path. COACH DRIVER (O. Indeed he will.
the beautiful woman inside it. COUNT DE WINTER Wait. a brutallooking fellow. pulls at the carriage window curtains. Paris wraps its arms around the young man's heart. the dream. and watches his father cross toward Milady's house. languid blue eyes. a kind face etched with sadness. his son. Long blonde curly hair that cascades in ringlets to her shoulders. She steps to the street. her face framed by the carriage window. She is known as MILADY DE WINTER. She is to sex. After a brief spoken exchange. bewitched.. He will not consider otherwise. Armand sighs. snaps the reins. Milady steps inside. The bodyguard glares. jarring by contrast. Suddenly: a second face enters the carriage window. the bodyguard departs on some errand. STREETS OF PARIS . Milady's carriage stops before it. and skin as white as alabaster. The carriage. They are well-dressed. taking Milady. 35 CONTINUED: 35 She is a noblewoman of remarkable beauty. It is the fierce visage of Milady's Indo-Chinese Bodyguard. PARKER.34. Parker follows. 37 ANOTHER ANGLE . HOLD ON d'Artagnan. and guides the carriage away. Father. D'Artagnan watches as if in a dream. incongruous in his elegant coachman's uniform. replacing hers. the driver. stands in the shadows. ARMAND But.SEINE . twenty-five. and ARMAND DE WINTER. But their manner and appearance suggests that they have traveled a long distance to find her. as the CARRIAGE RUMBLES off into the city. HENRI.. CUT TO: . COUNT DE WINTER. from view.DAY 36 A beautiful house situated near the Seine.POV 37 REVEALS this to have been the POV of two men standing in the shadows across the street. fortyfive. what Constance is to innocence. COUNT DE WINTER Wait here. CUT TO: 36 EXT.POV SHOT .
MILADY And if I resist.35. 38 INT. No sign of his father. Milady does not move from the reflecting glass.. who has been removing combs throughout. reaches for one of the many ivory combs that adorn her hair. CUT TO: 39 .. Milady. Now that you have. now standing behind her. his eyes dark and cold. and. She pauses to admire her beauty.? COUNT DE WINTER (voice breaking with emotion) I will kill you with my bare hands. she smiles. MILADY'S HOUSE . what will you do? COUNT DE WINTER Bring you back. impatient. eyes bright with excitement. CUT TO: 39 EXT. The Count steps closer.. reaches for the next. Milady. But first. and steps across the street to enter..DAY Armand keeps his eyes on Milady's house opposite... MILADY'S HOUSE . the smile still playing about her lips. then to see the image of Count de Winter.. my hair. To pay for what you did to my son. close enough to touch. I'd better start packing. He looks about. COUNT DE WINTER (as much happiness as the thought allows) We found you..DAY 38 Milady stands before a mirror. replies: MILADY Well if that's the case. MILADY Count de Winter. MILADY (eyes on the mirror) Yes. As she places the comb we notice a small flower-like tattoo on her arm.
D'Artagnan rides INTO VIEW. CUT TO: 41 EXT. takes a closer look. and begins to weep. Armand gathers his father up into his arms. D'ARTAGNAN But you're wounded. A thin trail of bright blood is seen briefly at the older man's ear. ATHOS Ten minutes early. father. I'm afraid. I fight just as well with my left hand. races to his side. The first thing he sees is his own face in the mirror. ATHOS Don't worry. Armand gasps. He calls out: ARMAND Father? Worry makes him hurry. 40 INT. D'ARTAGNAN I have another appointment at one. Athos appreciates the young man's retort. MILADY'S HOUSE .DAY The monastery is a windowless building bordered by a barren field. (CONTINUED) 41 Still no sign of his 40 . Armand takes hasty steps into Milady's bedroom. but they are not as punctual. ATHOS I asked two of my friends to act as seconds. a dueling ground for men who have little time to waste. ATHOS You'll miss it. The second is his father's inert body below it. the pain in his arm makes him wince. His horse is hobbled nearby. dismounts.36. Athos sits on a stone bench. D'ARTAGNAN I'll try my best to be on time. waits for his adversary to arrive. the blood on his sleeve. Then he rises to his feet. CARMES-DESCHAUX MONASTERY . D'Artagnan notices Athos' pained expression. or Milady.DAY Armand climbs a flight of stairs.
37. 41 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN If you'd rather kill me another time... ATHOS Thanks, but I see my seconds coming now. Porthos and Aramis arrive on horseback. They dismount, view d'Artagnan with amazement. D'Artagnan reacts with similar surprise, smiles sheepishly. PORTHOS (to Athos) What're you doing? You can't fight this man. ATHOS Why not? PORTHOS Because I'm fighting him. D'ARTAGNAN Excuse me, monsieur. But not until one o'clock. ARAMIS (amused) Wait a minute. I've got a duel with him, too. Yes, sir. D'ARTAGNAN But not until two. 41
ATHOS (to d'Artagnan) How long have you been in Paris? D'ARTAGNAN I arrived this morning. ATHOS You've been... busy. D'ARTAGNAN I've also fallen in love. ATHOS (gruff to a fault) Better to die for love than to live for it. Gentlemen? (CONTINUED)
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Athos gestures for Aramis and Porthos to stand aside. He draws his saber, ready to fight. A beat. And in that moment, d'Artagnan's face reveals an emotion he has never felt before in his young life. Fear. Athos sees it, allows him a moment to withdraw his saber. D'Artagnan does so, they square off, touch sabers, and... ... Jussac leads a patrol of the Cardinal's Guards INTO VIEW. JUSSAC There they are!! Athos and d'Artagnan separate as Jussac and his four swordsmen stride towards them. Jussac. ARAMIS Again.
Athos steps forward to meet him. ATHOS I told you the next time we met I'd want an answer. But I didn't expect you so soon. JUSSAC The three of you are under arrest. The boy's of no interest to me and is free to go. Do you intend to resist? PORTHOS Oh, don't be stupid. Of course we intend to resist. Just give us a second. Porthos huddles with Athos and Aramis. PORTHOS Interesting odds. Five of them and three of us. ARAMIS It hardly seems fair. Let's give them the chance to surrender. D'ARTAGNAN (interrupting) Excuse me, but there are four of us. They turn and regard d'Artagnan. (CONTINUED)
39. 41 CONTINUED: (3) ATHOS This is not your fight. not a Musketeer. You're 41
D'ARTAGNAN I may not wear the uniform, but I believe I have the heart of a Musketeer. The three Musketters exchange smiles. D'Artagnan's youthful bravado manages a small dent in their cynicism. PORTHOS Bold and brave. ARAMIS A poet. ATHOS Have you got a name, boy? D'ARTAGNAN D'Artagnan. PORTHOS (startled) D'Artagnan? The name has meaning for all of them. The Musketeers look at each other, deadpan, shake their heads. ARAMIS Impossible. PORTHOS It couldn't be. Athos knows that it is. He steps forward, extends a hand. The others follow, shake as well. Athos introduces each in turn. ATHOS Athos... Porthos... Aramis. D'ARTAGNAN Pleased to meet you... How do you do?... Good to see you again... Meanwhile, Jussac and his Guards look on with increasing impatience. He clears his throat, draws his saber. The Musketeers turn toward the Guards, d'Artagnan standing among them. (CONTINUED)
and charge. carrying a variety of bizarre weapons on his body -. Add this funhouse of armaments to his already impressive size and strength. encircles his adversary.. D'Artagnan looks for an opponent. solid punches.. daggers. Aramis is a seamless and graceful technician. rather than paint and canvas.. nunchucks -. gives it a mighty pull. He grabs the BELL rope.. Athos takes a Guard named Cahusac.. changing stance and shifting his ground with alacrity. D'Artagnan's youthful energy is by now familiar. and finds himself face to face with Jussac. He is a walking arsenal. Porthos. he handles his two opponents with balletic ease.40. ATHOS The Cardinal's Guards. 42 FIGHT Suddenly: nine men are locked in mortal combat. . The fighting style of the Musketeers is an exuberant mixture of styles and techniques. his strokes overpowering and savage.. Porthos battles BISCARAT. JUSSAC (losing patience) Stand still! How do you expect me to kill you if you keep jumping around!! 43 MONASTERY 43 42 41 A monk watches from the bell tower. And last. Jussac is having a hard time defending himself against his opponent who seems to be attacking from all directions at once. bolo. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers draw their swords.all of which he uses with the polished skill of a master.. incensed by the battle raging on the field below. the occasional elbow when necessary. an artist working with steel and flesh. and Aramis battles with two adversaries at once. Now that we're all acquainted. He bounds about like a newborn tiger. and perhaps the most entertaining of all. 41 CONTINUED: (4) PORTHOS Well. and sounds a clamorous ALARM. His repertoire also includes swift kicks. and you have a oneman wrecking crew of epic proportions.. Athos is a brutal swordsman.a crossbow.
knocks him to the ground. grazed at the head -. 44 BACK TO SCENE Porthos reacts to the interruption with irritation. enraged. PORTHOS Papist. then slips under Jussac's sword like a snake and runs him through. PORTHOS (eyes on the tower) Damn monks. Frustrated. He'd rather bicker from close range. wounded in arm. He produces a pair of nunchucks. ARAMIS Pagan. and Porthos whacks him on the side of the head. Aramis replies while shifting from one foe to the next. grabs his saber. sighs. thank you. Always spoiling everybody's fun.. Porthos slides over to handle one of Aramis' opponents.41. Jussac makes a full lunge at him. Aramis calls out to him.. Athos' heavy strokes take their toll. And Porthos returns to his original foe.. slight confusion. Biscarat looks at the odd weapon with professional curiosity. Cahusac staggers. ARAMIS They are nearer to God. (CONTINUED) 44 . shoulder. PORTHOS They're about to get a little nearer to the hilt of my sword. Porthos sees him.. but d'Artagnan ducks. Meanwhile. But Biscarat struggles to his feet. but he's making a fool out of Jussac. PORTHOS (to Aramis) Excuse me? ARAMIS I'm fine. ATHOS You mean he's still alive? Not only is d'Artagnan alive.and falls to the ground with a thud. indicates d'Artagnan: ARAMIS Take a look at our young friend.
44 CONTINUED: Jussac falls to the ground.? Porthos lets the bolo fly -. the balls slam into his head. Porthos returns in high spirits. sees Aramis bending over Jussac's body.42.who is at play as much as he is war -. 44 Athos and Aramis react. speaking in solemn tones under his breath. BISCARAT Now what. Maybe next time.takes a Spanish bolo from his cloak. (CONTINUED) 45 . lies still. The Guard drops to the ground without a sound. Aramis takes death very seriously. impressed. 45 AFTERMATH A sudden silence. I love my work. The Guard has discovered the better part of valor.. D'ARTAGNAN (to Athos) What's he doing? ATHOS Last rites. save for the occasional dull groan.it catches Biscarat about the neck. now runs for his life. Meanwhile. including a boomerang. Biscarat hears the odd WHIZZING sound. D'Artagnan scans the battlefield. Porthos -. He is dead. PORTHOS God. The color drains from his face. D'Artagnan sees the other weapons there. Porthos chases Biscarat into a grove of trees. given the circumstances) The Queen of America? PORTHOS Spain. PORTHOS (re: the bolo) Do you know where this bolo comes from? D'ARTAGNAN (a bold jest. turns to face him. They disarm and disable them with swift strokes. Then turn their full attention on weakening foes. stashes the bolo in a pouch under his cloak. and whips the balls over his head..
he will ATHOS Because I do not want you to. Go on. and one for all. not yours. This is our fight. All for one. ATHOS The Musketeers are (CONTINUED) .43. the boy's made himself an outlaw too. find a wench. D'ARTAGNAN I can't leave. 45 ARAMIS Don't encourage him. get out of here.. I just got here. D'ARTAGNAN Whatever happened to the motto of the Musketeers? 'All for one. ATHOS Not if he leaves Paris. ARAMIS I know Athos may seem cold and unfriendly. live long and prosper. PORTHOS Go home. It's hard to say whether he's acting out of concern for the boy. 45 CONTINUED: Porthos deadpans. Which is exactly what he's going to do. Whatever the case. and one for all. d'Artagnan is crestfallen. decide. or he simply doesn't give a damn. ARAMIS But he's also right. just a dream. boy. D'Artagnan beams. Porthos and Aramis adopt a friendlier tone.' Wake up. PORTHOS He really is cold and unfriendly. As always. then grins acceptance. D'ARTAGNAN Why can't I stay with you? Aramis and Porthos look to Athos. The Musketeers mount their horses. but don't let that fool you. By killing Jussac..
And d'Artagnan draws his saber. climbs into the saddle. D'ARTAGNAN (defiant) Long live the Musketeers. 45 CONTINUED: (2) 45 Athos spurs his horse. D'Artagnan gallops toward the Guards to engage them. He . d'Artagnan rides into the middle of the field to challenge them. Then. Rochefort's Guards leap towards him.five Cardinal's Guards led by Rochefort himself. draws his sword. AT DISTANCE The three Muskeeters rein their horses. They see their wounded comrades. Their BLADES connect with a resounding CLASH. d'Artagnan is knocked clear of his saddle. sadly. Jussac dead. Rochefort rides to the lead. and the three Musketeers escaping in the distance. ROCHEFORT (pointing) There they go! After them! But before Rochefort and the Guards can give chase. rides away. Aramis and Porthos follow. ROCHEFORT (shouts to the others) Fall back! I'll take him myself! And like two jousting knights. d'Artagnan and Rochefort meet in the middle of the field. as if to further prove himself worthy of the blue and gold. races through PISTOL SHOTS like a demon possessed. HOLD ON d'Artagnan as he watches the Musketeers grow small in the distance. He hits the ground with a painful thud. PORTHOS (with admiration) Do you believe this kid. That's when a group of horsemen come riding around the corner of the monastery -. he steps to his horse. It has been both the best and the worst day of his young life.44. look back to d'Artagnan's bold charge.
rides away. d'Artagnan is soon outnumbered. (CONTINUED) 48 47 . The Guard clobbers d'Artagnan with the scabbard of his sword.NIGHT The walls and towers of France's most infamous prison rise to meet a starless sky. The portcullis is raised by men-at-arms. ARAMIS You can't just leave him. GUARD This boy fights like a wildcat. 47 BACK TO SCENE Meanwhile. Athos spurs his horse. and THROUGH its WINDOW we see the profile of Richelieu. they gallop after. BASTILLE . 46 And with that. ATHOS (seemingly unmoved) Too bad. and quickly subdued. FADE IN: 48 EXT. admitting a spectacular crimson carriage pulled by a team of snow-white stallions. ARAMIS He has a plan. D'ARTAGNAN (exhausted) Thank you. PORTHOS A plan. Aramis and Porthos exchange sad looks and hopeful comments. The last thing d'Artagnan sees is the three Musketeers riding into the distance. Then the WORLD TILTS. Definitely. The emblem of the Cardinal of France is emblazoned on the carriage door. PORTHOS Rochefort's got the boy.45. GOES SUDDENLY BLACK. 46 ANGLE TO INCLUDE MUSKEERS Porthos and Aramis are greatly moved by d'Artagnan's courage.
unconscious. D'ARTAGNAN My sword -ROCHEFORT It's magnificent. ROCHEFORT Well now it belongs to me. (CONTINUED) . Rochefort studies d'Artagnan for a long moment. rats the size of small dogs. But Rochefort raises the sword. then. Rochefort shoves d'Artagnan back to the floor with a heavy boot. D'Artagnan wakes with a start. A foul stench in the air. on a filthy matted floor. D'Artagnan is sprawled in a corner.46.. The sharp tip of a sword pokes him in the chest.. D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) It belonged to my father. points it at his throat. leaps to his feet. the familiar eyepatch. CUT TO: 49 INT. springs back into action. D'ARTAGNAN I'm not dead yet. Spiders the size of rats. He slaps the sword away.NIGHT 49 48 A chamber in hell. A beat. I collect swords. D'Artagnan starts forward.. feels the sharp tip of the blade. and reaches for his own. But it is gone. As if he was still battling Jussac at the Carmes-Deschaux. 48 CONTINUED: Lovingly. D'Artagnan peers at his dismal surroundings. DUNGEON . admiring d'Artagnan's sword in his hands. D'Artagnan freezes. he fingers the upholstery of his extravagant carriage. Where did you get it? Rochefort steps INTO VIEW. ROCHEFORT Soon enough. I take them from the men I kill. ROCHEFORT Your father..
He will not betray them. D'Artagnan says nothing.47. ROCHEFORT Also punishable by death. your visit will be a short one. D'ARTAGNAN What do you mean? ROCHEFORT You killed one of the Cardinal's Guards. D'ARTAGNAN How? (CONTINUED) . D'ARTAGNAN It was a long day. 49 ROCHEFORT Tell me where they are. Rochefort leans close. D'ARTAGNAN He interrupted a duel I was fighting. you're the first person who was ever happy to be here. It's not the Louvre. ROCHEFORT You know them? D'ARTAGNAN Who? ROCHEFORT The Musketeers. 49 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Where am I? ROCHEFORT I'll give you a hint. An offense punishable by death. and I will be lenient. D'ARTAGNAN (realizing) The Bastille! I'm in the Bastille! ROCHEFORT Well. Unfortunately.
He nods.CORRIDOR . and whispers. grab d'Artagnan by the throat.. and. indicates the chains and manacles on the cell wall. bad timing.48. watches as a cloaked figure steps INTO VIEW. ROCHEFORT Like your father. 49 CONTINUED: (2) ROCHEFORT (after a beat) I will give you your father's sword. As if to impart a secret. gestures for Rochefort to come closer. D'Artagnan thinks fast. He looks left and right -. D'Artagnan leaps into a cell doorway. And steps lightly into the shadows. He shudders. D'Artagnan seeks refuge. slams the hilt of the sword into d'Artagnan's head. d'Artagnan rises up. A long beat. unconscious. BASTILLE . D'Artagnan eyes the gleaming saber. A CLOSER look reveals d'Artagnan in the jailer's soiled tunic. leaps free. forged in the Crusades. no way out. step towards him. darkness. eyes bright with adventure. and joins them. finds only a labyrinth. Rochefort tilts downward. closes the heavy door behind him. Suddenly: scabrous hands reach from inside the cell.NIGHT 50 The jailer exits from d'Artagnan's cell. He nods at a grizzled jailer on his way out. CUT TO: 50 INT. the jailer reacts with surprise. Fool. Two jailers converse. Rochefort snarls. D'Artagnan steps deeper in the labyrinth. Just then: more FOOTSTEPS heading toward him. Bold words. drags him toward the chains -. He lifts. The youth slumps from the wooden stool to the floor...dank corridors. allows them to pass. Frustrated. accompanied by a retinue of sullen jailers. 51 ON D'ARTAGNAN 51 He seeks exit. And continues. The jailer scurries over to d'Artagnan. 49 Rochefort storms from the cell. inert in a shallow puddle of foul water. and I'll cut out your heart. CUT TO: ..but d'Artagnan's eyes pop open.. D'ARTAGNAN Give me my father's sword.. the OCCASIONAL GROAN.
two vipers from the same pit.. Cardinal Richelieu. revealing the unforgettable features of Milady de Winter. 55 BACK TO SCENE Richelieu produces a sealed document from his sleeve. reaches for the handle. holds an ear close. D'Artagnan watches as the door opens. The hood falls back.. looking for a way out. into another hall. finds it unlocked.. the most powerful man in France. glances at the corridor ahead. eyes the door. The cloaked figure steps inside. revealing. the retinue. Rochefort stands in a corner. BASTILLE .NIGHT D'Artagnan keeps step with the cloaked figure.. Forget you? RICHELIEU Impossible.. 53 52 Richelieu and Milady share a look of intimacy. D'Artagnan takes steps as if to join them. ignored for the moment.. She answers the Cardinal's smile with a seductive expression. (CONTINUED) 55 . and toward a pristine wooden door. But the cloaked figure is escorted up a long stairway. RICHELIEU Carry this to the Duke of Buckingham. 53 ANGLE TO INCLUDE INTERIOR The cloaked figure bows to the Cardinal. The figure rises.49. a fearsome apparition in red. the Cardinal and the cloaked figure now behind it. concupiscent. D'Artagnan's jaw drops.. then turns back. The jailers disperse. 54 OUTSIDE DOOR 54 D'Artagnan slips closer.. MILADY I was beginning to think you'd forgotten me. He opens the door a fraction. Richelieu smiles. He keeps his head down. and hands it to Milady. RICHELIEU I have an errand that requires your singular talents. 52 INT.
RICHELIEU And doing so. It sails Tuesday. BASTILLE . I want Buckingham's signature next to mine before the King's birthday. shall earn you the gratitude of. . Instead of me. He's talking about CUT TO: 56 INT. the retinue escorts her forward. everything? RICHELIEU (silences him with a glance) Yes. Rochefort knows what this portends. MILADY Consider it done. shuffles to join the retinue of jailers as they RETURN TO VIEW. (to Milady) You're to leave for Calais at once.50... Now that he's come of age. himself. A ship called the Persephone will carry you to England. Just then: a hand slams down upon his shoulder.CORRIDOR .. head down. eager for escape. a King. Milady.. Richelieu's not talking about Louis. Friday. the boy believes he should rule France. RICHELIEU The King left me no choice. corner. 55 CONTINUED: MILADY (impressed) You did it. Everything. D'Artagnan falls into place. An alliance with Buckingham.NIGHT 56 D'Artagnan leaps back from the door as it opens. He steps from the 55 ROCHEFORT You're going to go through with . steps into the corridor. eyes down. unrecognizable behind her cloak. D'Artagnan looks up into the face of Captain Rochefort. midnight.
CUT TO: 58 INT. BASTILLE . Rochefort makes a sullen exit.51. RICHELIEU Sit down. and became lost in the corridors.. but then I saw a light up ahead. Rochefort hisses: ROCHEFORT On your knees. RICHELIEU How much did you hear? D'ARTAGNAN (busted) Not a word. as if seeing his first movie star. 58 57 D'Artagnan reacts with perceptible awe. When d'Artagnan fails to respond.NIGHT D'Artagnan lands with a thud at Richelieu's feet. knocking him to the floor. an apparition in red. D'Artagnan reacts to the Cardinal's reasonable tone. The Cardinal frowns. D'ARTAGNAN I can explain that -ROCHEFORT Silence! Rochefort punches d'Artagnan in the head. Leave him to me. RICHELIEU Rochefort. 57 EXT.MILADY'S COACH Exiting. Please. The Cardinal smiles. Violence solves nothing. Rochefort continues: ROCHEFORT This is the boy who killed Jussac. the light over your door. D'Artagnan scrambles into the correct posture of supplication. Rochefort gives him a mighty kick. The Cardinal speaks. I stepped from my cell for a breath of air. He sits in a finely brocaded chair. his manner casual. (CONTINUED) . I. Your Eminence.. looks at the Cardinal. friendly. it's dark as you know. BASTILLE .
52. And don't say 'a horse.' D'ARTAGNAN I came to join the King's Musketeers. dismisses d'Artagnan's tale with a wave of his hand. Your Eminence. D'ARTAGNAN I'm honored. Your Eminence? (CONTINUED) Are 58 . I like you. What brought you to Paris. RICHELIEU Tell me. RICHELIEU You may have many talents. but I don't think I would be very popular with the other men. Your heart is set on being a Musketeer. my young friend. D'ARTAGNAN (surprised) You. I too had dreams of joining the Musketeers. you a Gascon? D'ARTAGNAN Yes. RICHELIEU I've heard that name before. Do you have a name? D'ARTAGNAN D'Artagnan. Your Eminence. I could use a capable young man like you in my Guards. RICHELIEU I suppose not. (off his look) When I was your age. RICHELIEU Bad timing. 58 CONTINUED: Richelieu smiles. RICHELIEU D'Artagnan. Not after today. D'ARTAGNAN So I've heard. But guile is not one of them.
D'ARTAGNAN I'm sorry. 58 RICHELIEU Then tell me what I want to know. RICHELIEU In that case. 58 CONTINUED: (2) RICHELIEU Why not? Becoming a Musketeer is the fantasy of every young Frenchman. D'ARTAGNAN What about my trial? RICHELIEU You've just had it. No longer in awe. D'Artagnan sees it now.53. means to dismiss him. d'Artagnan. and perhaps you will keep it there a few years longer. Richelieu's seeming kindness conceals a heart of ice. But I can't tell you what I do not know. reason) Like the Knights of the Round Table. Richelieu turns for the door. (beat) And so have your three friends. Tell me where they are. D'Artagnan calls after. (with seeming kindness. the Musketeers have outlived their usefulness. D'ARTAGNAN I like it where it is.. D'ARTAGNAN Wait -RICHELIEU Why? Do you object to losing your head? Yes. but in opposition. replies quietly. Or should I say it was. They are a thing of the past. give my regards to the headsman. and I will spare your life. (beat) Where are the three Musketeers? (CONTINUED) ..
The executioner. cutting his finger. A hooded executioner mounts the steps of the scaffold in the company of a PRIEST. Morning comes quickly. With that. 58 CONTINUED: (3) D'ARTAGNAN I don't know. d'Artagnan. Richelieu opens the door. (CONTINUED) . raises his axe and touches the end of the blade. young man. CUT TO: 59 EXT. commands: RICHELIEU Find the three Musketeers and kill them. The Priest wears a black cassock and a broad black sombrero. Good night. You might have made a fine Musketeer after all.54. will we? Rochefort steps into the room. Enjoy it. he turns to the Captain. The executioner holds up his bloody thumb. grabs d'Artagnan roughly by the arm.MARKET SQUARE . Rochefort waits on the other 58 RICHELIEU But we'll never know. RICHELIEU I admire your courage. This time Richelieu does not utter protest. RICHELIEU And if you did? D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) I wouldn't tell you. hurls him from the chair to the floor. ON d'Artagnan for a beat. held back by men-at-arms. ROCHEFORT They'll be dead by dawn. RICHELIEU A comforting thought. History's pawn. Razor-sharp. Cardinal Richelieu sweeps into the dark. Instead. side. BASTILLE .DAY 59 HOLD BELLS TOLL. a large man. A motley crowd gathers around the execution scaffold.
(peering down at the scene) How is our young daredevil holding up? ROCHEFORT He's wishing he'd never heard of the Musketeers.55. d'Artagnan steps down. If he must die. 60 TOWER OF BASTILLE Rochefort watches from a tower overlooking the square. By 60 59 RICHELIEU A remarkable woman. He is taken into the custody of a CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS. private coach. The coachman remains. and several men-at-arms carrying muskets. his hands bound behind him. Which would explain my attraction. he will die with dignity. And turns to regard the day's victim as he is rolled INTO VIEW. A manat-arms drops the tailgate. a gloved hand grabs the coachman. in a horse-drawn cart. Richelieu appears beside him. seated on top. Down below. The executioner and the Priest wait patiently above. 59 CONTINUED: The crowd roars approval. 61 ANOTHER ANGLE 61 The Cardinal's familiar carriage is parked a safe distance from the square. The Priest mutters comfort: (CONTINUED) 62 . braiding his whip. The driver turns the cart. the horse cart reaches the scaffold. ROCHEFORT Milady left at midnight. The most beautiful I've ever known. And the deadliest. begins a circuit of the square. But d'Artagnan keeps his head high. yanks him from his seat. The blood-thirsty crowd cheers and jeers at d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan stands. half-naked. The Guards who attend it have wandered off to watch the festivities. D'Artagnan sees the bloodstained block where his neck will soon lie. 62 SCAFFOLD D'Artagnan is led by the Captain of the Guards up the stairs to the execution platform. Suddenly. pales.
Porthos grins beneath the hood's overhang. approaches d'Artagnan in a threatening manner.. D'Artagnan's heart soars. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Prepare the prisoner. It 62 Meanwhile. The Captain of the Guards gives Aramis a suspicious look. He holds a large Bible in his hands. and winks. You won't feel a thing.. D'Artagnan regards the Priest whose face is hidden beneath the brim of his broad black hat. and one for all.. is Aramis. But their progress has led them here.. they wear familiar cloaks. PORTHOS (whispers into his ear) Don't worry. 63 ANOTHER ANGLE 63 CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Proceed. all tied up. reveals it. Very well.. Porthos nods. two figures ride on horseback. towards the countryside beyond.. my son. (CONTINUED) . They ride through the city. The Priest raises his face. He whispers: ARAMIS All for one. The crowd goes wild. boy. He turns to face the executioner.. A CLOSER look reveals Queen Anne and Constance. and forces his head upon the chopping block. 62 CONTINUED: PRIEST Fear not.. Anne frowns at the spectacle.56. He takes him by the scruff of the neck. Porthos lays his axe aside. on the perimeter of the square. PRIEST For we are with you. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Where is Father Rostand today? ARAMIS The good father is. always.
. lands on him with both feet. D'Artagnan raises his head to see the source of this mayhem. 65 CARRIAGE Athos pulls up alongside the scaffold. but a hint of levity) Gentlemen. As d'Artagnan. (CONTINUED) 65 . their eyes lock. 64 MARKET SQUARE 64 63 The Cardinal's crimson carriage races toward the scaffold. the coach's THUNDEROUS spinning WHEELS. all leaping to avoid the stallion's sharp hooves. Porthos uses the heavy blunt end of the axe to topple the closest men-at-arms. your carriage. ANNE Are you surprised? She replies with contempt. Aramis opens his Bible. Porthos steps back from d'Artagnan. ATHOS (the usual dour expression. Constance's eyes fill with tears. upon the cart. pulls out a PISTOL. mutters a silent prayer. CONSTANCE Men call it justice. CONSTANCE It's him. But Constance freezes in place. knocking the manat-arms off the scaffold. 63 CONTINUED: ANNE Barbarism. scattering the crowd in all directions.. the crowd. wonders. Compliments of the Cardinal. D'Artagnan shuts his eyes. Inestimable space between. reins her horse away from the square. That's when screams of panic erupt from the crowd. and BLASTS the saber from the hand of the Captain of the Guards. raises his axe. rolls INTO VIEW. she watches d'Artagnan. Men shout. clutching the reins in one hand and CRACKING a WHIP in the other. eyes wide.57. In the driver's seat. is Athos. the executioner's axe. A man-at-arms raises his musket to shoot the false priest. women scream. For just a moment. but d'Artagnan leaps out of nowhere.
. she thrusts a gloved fist into the air. The roof fabric tears. champagne. As the carriage barrels from the scaffold. towards freedom. (CONTINUED) Porthos 69 68 67 66 . Athos CRACKS the WHIP. PORTHOS How considerate of the Cardinal to provide us with a snack. 65 CONTINUED: 65 D'Artagnan rushes to the edge of the scaffold. driving the horses onward. transfixed. what have we here? Porthos lifts the lid. springs into the air. CARRIAGE . ATHOS Hold on! Athos cracks the whip. light upon the carriage.DAY Aramis and Porthos have settled in comfortably. delighted. PORTHOS Well. Aramis and Porthos shed their disguises. cuts the leather ties that bind d'Artagnan's wrists. CONSTANCE Yes! 67 TOWER But the Cardinal looks on with horror. they drop into the plush interior below. spies a wicker hamper on the floor.58. 68 CARRIAGE Athos produces a dagger.. Inside: bottles of wine. 66 SQUARE Constance watches the escape. triumphant. and the stallions race off through the crowd. and a wide assortment of foods. jump after. CUT TO: 69 INT. landing on the seat beside him. RICHELIEU My carriage.
70 The people D'Artagnan grabs a handful of coins. spies a small ornate box. Aramis smiles approval. ducks. 69 CONTINUED: Porthos extracts a bottle of wine. ARAMIS Would you be so good as to distribute these? Your generosity will be greatly appreciated. jewelry. But several of the Guards manage to avoid the obstacle. boy. reacts) But. D'Artagnan hears a LOUD POPPING sound. grabs a turkey leg. 70 STREETS OF PARIS . reacts. pursue the carriage with renewed determination. It is filled with gold 69 ARAMIS How is it that a man of God becomes a man of gold? PORTHOS (looks on. shout. Pedestrians see the gold. Their hurried steps impede the Guards' progress. are hungry.CARRIAGE Aramis sticks his head through the hole in the fabric roof... soldiers tumble. coins. Aramis opens the box. drops back to the carriage interior. grins) Trinkets for the ladies.? ARAMIS (to the point) Throw the coins. and tosses them into the air. ARAMIS Hello. D'ARTAGNAN (open the box. horses rear up. ARAMIS Let's share. Aramis looks about the interior. and leap after. D'ARTAGNAN They're firing at us! (CONTINUED) .59. hands the ornate box to d'Artagnan.
. Athos growls. d'Artagnan jerks at the reins. returns with a new bottle. 70 CONTINUED: 70 Porthos sticks his head INTO VIEW. taking delight from every instant of adventure. ATHOS Turn right at the next street. takes the reins from d'Artagnan. At the summit... settles back to enjoy himself.. Athos SMASHES the top of the BOTTLE.DAY 72 71 The carriage charges up a steep hill. PORTHOS (to Aramis) That's it. Porthos ducks down. The carriage careens around the corner. the source of the popping sound. PORTHOS Don't go away. (CONTINUED) . PORTHOS Champagne? ATHOS You know I prefer wine. CUT TO: 72 EXT. PORTHOS May I recommend this find Cabernet? Porthos hands the bottle to Athos. D'Artagnan struggles with the reins.? ATHOS Turn. STREET . you drive. Next time. D'ARTAGNAN The next right.60. champagne spilled all over his tunic. tipping on two wheels. Athos tosses aside his bottle. offers them a bubbling bottle of champagne. Athos hands the reins to d'Artagnan. drinks deeply. tries to control the horses. and a brand new sash. 71 INCLUDE INTERIOR Porthos looks up from his chest. And beams.
begin their ascent. ATHOS (to Aramis) Your pistol and powder.61. laughing. brings the horses to a halt. and leaps down from the driver's seat. ATHOS Stand back. Porthos emits a contented belch. I hope you had a pleasant ride. this is the end of the line. Aramis hands Athos a sack of powder. 72 CONTINUED: 72 D'Artagnan sighs with relief. D'ARTAGNAN But the Guards. revealing Porthos and Aramis inside. Athos pulls the passenger door open. food and drink between them.igniting the powder inside. Athos tosses the sack into the carriage. D'Artagnan points to the bottom of the hill. 73 BOTTOM OF HILL D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers mount the Cardinal's white stallions. Athos yanks the brake lever. Guards chase after. Porthos shouts. D'Artagnan follows. race off into the distance. The interior of the Cardinal's carriage bursts into flames. and SHOOTS it -. Porthos and Aramis climb from the cab. and his pistol. D'Artagnan hurries to the horses. ATHOS Gentlemen. PORTHOS I'd give five years of your life just to see the Cardinal's face! ARAMIS Ten! CUT TO: 73 The mounted . Gold coins on the carpet at their feet. takes aim with the PISTOL. ATHOS Do as I say. (to d'Artagnan) Unhitch the horses. please.
(CONTINUED) . polish off the last of the Cardinal's food and drink. Rochefort and a company of Guards stand nearby. ARAMIS Your trip from home has been an eventful one. PORTHOS I knew there was something familiar about this boy. ARAMIS A good man. D'ARTAGNAN He was my father. WOODS . Their usual cynicism replaced by something approaching camaraderie. I guess with all the excitement. dead or alive. He steps out of a horse cart. The boy knows our plans. his tone is measured and calm. When he does. D'ARTAGNAN I haven't eaten in three days. wait for him to speak. RICHELIEU One thousand pistoles on each of their heads. approaches the charred remains of his beloved carriage.DAY 75 D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers rest against tree trunks in a hidden glade.62. D'ARTAGNAN (he can't quite believe it) Three days. 74 RICHELIEU'S FACE 74 The Cardinal's face is contorted in fury. Aramis smiles as d'Artagnan attacks a turkey wing. I forgot. I'm told. PORTHOS I heard of a d'Artagnan once. Rochefort reacts with surprise. He stares at the smouldering ruin for a long beat. He was a captain in the Musketeers when we were just recruits. CUT TO: 75 EXT.
D'Artagnan pales. Porthos adds: PORTHOS You already have. broken whisper: He manages a D'ARTAGNAN This other Musketeer -.63. 75 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN (sadly) He died when I was nine. His name is the Count De Rochefort. The mention of the elder d'Artagnan's death casts a pall. tentative. Aramis appears at his side. Aramis shouts after: ARAMIS D'Artagnan. a hand on d'Artagnan's shoulder. He doesn't want the Musketeers to see the tears forming in his eyes. D'ARTAGNAN (quietly) I imagined his death a hundred time. stunned and silent. D'Artagnan continues. turns. the memory still hurts. An uncomfortable silence. CUT TO: 76 EXT. He stands suddenly. your father and another Musketeer were ambushed and murdered outside the Louvre. D'Artagnan isn't listening.DAY 76 D'Artagnan stands at a flowing stream. and walks away. Athos shakes his head. D'ARTAGNAN All my mother would tell me is that he died in the service of the King. WOODS . offers silent comfort.is he still alive? I'd like to talk to him. wipes the tears from his eyes. It is Athos who finally speaks: 75 ATHOS D'Artagnan. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .
Fighting bravely for France. defending his King. (eyes on the cool water) This great man. ARAMIS But I did. ARAMIS He lives in you.. ARAMIS I was a fool. D'ARTAGNAN You were a priest. (MORE) (CONTINUED) A D'Artagnan 76 . D'ARTAGNAN You didn't have one. and turned his back on God. To worship power and gold. He was a great man. this father. The church took me in. Aramis opens his cloak. And his example inspired me to dedicate my life to God's service. pauses to reflect.. Then wonders: D'ARTAGNAN And your father? ARAMIS I was orphaned at a young age. That's all the evidence Aramis requires. And now.... 76 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN (CONT'D) On a battlefield. a leader of the church.64.. and brave. I will find the man who murdered my father and kill him where he stands. reveals a priestly cloth. secret he carries near to his heart. D'ARTAGNAN But you never knew him. Your father was bold. ARAMIS A man is better measured by his life than by his death. betrayed the church.
strokes it gently. through the smoke and mist. His Eminence. He picks up one of RICHELIEU Don't worry. CUT TO: 77 EXT. he already knows. anxious. Richelieu nods. Servants attach messages to the legs of carrier pigeons. I got my faith back.65. lost in thought. ROCHEFORT (bowing) Your Eminence. the Cardinal Richelieu. ROOF OF PALAIS CARDINAL . He looks down and sees. Richelieu turns. every mercenary and bounty hunter in France will be waiting for them. pointed.. Thanks to our winged friends. (with a smile) Isn't modern communication a wonderful thing? (CONTINUED) . D'ARTAGNAN But who was that man. out of breath.. D'Artagnan nearly jumps from his boots. the silent rooftops of Paris. innumerable. The Musketeers have been sighted riding north on the road to Calais. 76 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS (CONT'D) (quietly) It broke my heart to see it. and crosses to an elaborate pigeon coop. ARAMIS (turns to face him) All of France knows him. Rochefort steps INTO VIEW. D'ARTAGNAN And you became a Musketeer.DAY 77 76 Richelieu stands on the roof of the Palais. ARAMIS I joined the Musketeers and a strange thing happened. the pigeons.
.DAY The three Musketeers gather around d'Artagnan. To take him to England.. With a secret treaty. D'ARTAGNANj A ship called the Persephone waits for the Cardinal's agent at Calais.. CUT TO: 78 EXT. Bucking. PORTHOS The Duke of Buckingham? D'ARTAGNAN (nodding) Do you know him? ARAMIS He rules England the way Richelieu rules France. I couldn't hear it clearly. (CONTINUED) 78 77 . Tuesday. ARAMIS What? D'ARTAGNAN He's made an alliance with a man named. Buckingham. The Musketeers look at each other with alarm. ARAMIS (figuring) Calais is over two hundred leagues from here... and watches it streak skyward. midnight.. flying across the sky. I was standing by the door. listen to his story. WOODS .66. In mid-telling: D'ARTAGNAN . 77 CONTINUED: Richelieu releases the bird. the voices were low -PORTHOS Go on. D'ARTAGNAN The Cardinal sent someone to England.
wonder. ATHOS Wait. ATHOS Then he knows we have it too. ATHOS (as always. whisper eagerly among themselves. the bottom line) Does the Cardinal know you have this information? D'ARTAGNAN Yes. 78 CONTINUED: PORTHOS This messenger and the treaty will prove the Cardinal a traitor. MUSIC SWELLS. All turn.NIGHT 80 79 78 Four rough-looking MERCENARIES crouch on a low bridge spanning a shallow stream. PORTHOS But with three men trying. Athos stops their exuberant plots and plans with a single word. HOLD ON this heroic tableau for a long beat. 80 EXT. (CONTINUED) . The Mercenaries wait in the darkness. one of us might be able to make it. And galloping out of the fog come d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers. And he'll do everything in his power to stop us. riding hell-for-leather. ROAD TO CALAIS . Athos almost smiles. BRIDGE ON ROAD TO CALAIS . 79 EXT.NIGHT Fog drifts across a lonely stretch of road. D'ARTAGNAN What are we waiting for. They are armed with muskets and swords. If we can get our hands on them. Suddenly: pounding HOOFBEATS come over the scene. D'ARTAGNAN Four. Bold words. let's go.67. D'Artagnan matures by leaps and bounds.
Beer kegs litter the roadway. In a flash. MERCENARY Shoot low. ROAD TO CALAIS . FARMER (with relief) Thank God for a friendly face. pulls out a pistol. Porthos' merry laugh drifts back to mock them. rein their horses to a stop. Right on cue. an old FARMER. four horsemen come THUNDERING out of the mist. but growing closer. Can you help me move these kegs out of the road? D'Artagnan starts to dismount. But just before they reach the bridge. take aim. D'ARTAGNAN He needs our help. The Mercenaries raise their muskets.NIGHT 81 80 An overturned wagon lies in the ditch. We'll need their heads for identification. Faint.one pair rides to the left. makes a smirking request: (CONTINUED) . FIRE at d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers as they ride into the night. CUT TO: 81 EXT. The wagon's driver. sits on one of the kegs. pointing muskets. splashing through the shallow stream. they return to the road. Don't worry. My horse broke loose. the horsemen ride on either side. Before the Mercenaries realize what's happened. Suddenly: two other men step before the wagon. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers gallop INTO VIEW. the angry Mercenaries whirl about. holding his head. the four horsemen break in half -. all conversation ends. Cursing.68. and race away. Having avoided the bridge completely. And the sound of HOOFBEATS is heard in the distance. ATHOS Stay on your horse. ATHOS We'll help him. 80 CONTINUED: One of them hisses for silence. the other to the right. The ragged Farmer reaches inside his coat.
PORTHOS Mine hit the ground first. He turns to Porthos. If you don't haul those kegs away. But before he can pull the trigger. you're dead where you stand. contemptuously. Porthos and Aramis. When the smoke clears. THUNDER RUMBLES and RAINS begins to fall. 81 CONTINUED: FARMER Won't you step down.. He raises his pistol and aims it at Porthos' head. Please put away your weapons and remove these kegs from the road. it's a fact. I beg you. Aramis swings out of the saddle and begins to perform last rites over the bodies. PORTHOS There's only one rule. We'd prefer to ride on without having to kill you. ATHOS Mine was taller. CUT TO: 82 INT. Porthos raises the barrel to his lips and blows away the gunsmoke. d'Artagnan is startled to see the three dead "Farmers" sprawled in the road and the three pistols emerging from beneath the cloaks of the Musketeers. D'Artagnan still can't believe what just happened.69.. FARMER You're threatening us? PORTHOS It's not a threat. Musketeers? ARAMIS Gentlemen.stay alive. D'Artagnan and the "Farmers" gape at Aramis in surprise. COUNTRY INN . d'Artagnan -. The Farmer laughs. (CONTINUED) 82 81 . THREE EXPLOSIONS ERUPT from under the cloaks of Athos.NIGHT A large warm tavern with a ROARING FIRE.
Outisde. BARMAID #1 (crying out) Musketeers! The sound of SLIDING STEEL as Athos. his wife. INNKEEPER Good evening. ready to fight. Aramis and d'Artagnan draw their swords. 82 CONTINUED: 82 Present are the INNKEEPER. The occupants of the inn regard the new arrivals with suspicion. accidentally exposes his Musketeer tunic. Fearful. a few benighted travelers and THREE BARMAIDS. put away your swords and come in. They stand back to back in a circle. in doing so. They helped themselves to our food and then refused to pay. They keep their cloaks drawn about them and wear the brims of their hats pulled low to cover their faces. But there is no attack. He reaches inside his cloak for a weapon and. Anyone who fights the Cardinal is welcome here. D'Artagnan closes the heavy door. The Musketeers lower their swords. Porthos is on the lookout for danger. They turn as the door flies open and the Musketeers and d'Artagnan enter from a RAGING STORM. ARAMIS (bitter) In the name of God. Porthos. I'm sure. ready for attack. INNKEEPER (honored) Musketeers in my house! Gentlemen. the STORM BLOWS.70. (CONTINUED) The people . here are thrilled to see them. INNKEEPER (apologetic) I'm sorry but we have little to spare. ATHOS See to our horses and bring us some food. Quite the contrary. the Innkeeper comes forward to meet the four ominous travelers. The Cardinal's Guards were here today.
PORTHOS Oh. Aramis. BARMAIDS (with excitement) Aramis? Did you say Aramis? And with that. Porthos shakes his head and flops down in a chair. PORTHOS Ladies. the three Barmaids desert Porthos and scurry across the room to attach themselves to Aramis. 82 ARAMIS It's hard to believe they haven't heard of the great Porthos. I just don't get it. The Musketeers return their swords to their sheathes and take off their dripping hats and capes. The Barmaids look at each other. Allow me to introduce myself. Aramis and d'Artagnan hide smiles. eager to indulge himself. louder) Porthos. Porthos rubs his hands together. PORTHOS I don't get it. 82 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS I think we've found a home. you're in for a treat tonight. I'm the Musketeer they call Porthos. He follows the Barmaids. Porthos beams. INNKEEPER We don't have much but what we have is yours. friendly voice. The three Barmaids perk up. Still no response. CUT TO: . waiting for a big response but nothing happens. The pretty Barmaids crowd around them to collect their gear and carry it to the fire. booming in his loud. PORTHOS (repeating.71. shut up.
Watch closely. For in that kiss. grins.. Porthos pulls one of the Barmaids to his chest.' The Barmaids accept his leering compliment with glee. clown. Porthos.. Right. you'll have to learn the manly art of wenching. weak. 83 Porthos regales the Barmaids with a tale. PORTHOS Very good. your first kiss must be all the things that you are. Your first subject.72. PORTHOS The secret to wenching is the first kiss. And if it is comical. He breaks it. she will think you are weak... PORTHOS Ahh.. very good. TAVERN . PORTHOS I said.NIGHT Moments later. With me? Weak. But you'll need instruction. Porthos follows his gaze. If it is weak. ladies? The Barmaids heartily concur. a lasting impression is made. And as a Musketeer is never weak. bellows a reply. (CONTINUED) . practiced in the arts of pleasure. But d'Artagnan isn't so sure. Like this. brings her lips toward his.. turns to d'Artagnan with a grin. D'Artagnan looks over Porthos' shoulder. and only rarely a clown. with two Barmaids. 83 INT. 'A Queen is no different than a barmaid in the dark.. Though less. she will think you are a clown.. D'ARTAGNAN Comical. Porthos gives the Barmaid a powerful kiss... to the dark-haired Barmaid seen previously. PORTHOS If you're going to be a proper Musketeer.
Aramis does not touch her. BARMAID (still reeling) Not likely. He'll play along too. Please..73. Aramis continues: ARAMIS Words may make a more lasting impression than a thousand of Porthos' kisses. ARAMIS Only if you don't know which words to say.. your name. By chance. He simply looks into her eyes. or nature's changing course untrimmed. The Barmaid slips from Porthos' lap. ARAMIS I'll demonstrate. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . But thy eternal summer shall not fade. and begins to speak. But words are usually a waste of time. ARAMIS 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. Porthos reacts with delight. an endearment or two. And summer's leash hath all too short a date. beside me. D'Artagnan with interest. Sit 83 Aramis' courtly behavior is as out of place in these environs as it is persuasive. sits down on the bench beside him. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines. her name. And every fair from fair sometimes declines. 83 CONTINUED: PORTHOS You may speak first if you like. All turn to regard Aramis. And often is his gold complexion dimmed.
PORTHOS The boy's a natural. delivers a powerful kiss.' (beat) Ahh. 83 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS (CONT'D) Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest. As previously demonstrated. He turns to d'Artagnan. more tempered. sits silently. or eyes can see. to hell with it -D'Artagnan takes the Barmaid into his arms. Porthos and Aramis smile proudly. So long as men can breathe. Porthos urges him on. Then. We haven't got all night. PORTHOS That's cheating. The Barmaids cheer. BARMAID It's beautiful. (CONTINUED) 83 .. Aramis pauses. D'Artagnan steps forward. The dark-haired Barmaid sees him coming and smiles. PORTHOS Come on. Nor shall death brag thou wanderest in his shade. d'Artagnan. almost embarrassed by the outcome. The Barmaid on his lap disagrees. once skeptical. D'Artagnan looks at the dark-haired Barmaid across the room. er. Her face covered with tears. not sure where to start.74. hesitates. and this gives life to thee. D'Artagnan stands before her. remembering as best he can: D'ARTAGNAN 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou are move lovely and more tempest.' The Barmaid. So long lives this.. cites: ARAMIS Shakespeare. When in eternal lines to time thou growest.
and all three go sprawling on the floor. adds the Barmaid to the one already sitting on his lap. laughing heartily. scowling. (raising his flagon) What shall we drink to? D'Artagnan notices the dark-haired Barmaid eyeing him across the room. so much to learn.. (CONTINUED) He fills . Ignore him. Porthos grabs her by the waist.75. I have never seen Athos smile. ATHOS You fight like a Musketeer.. D'ARTAGNAN Come join us. working on his third bottle of Burgundy. D'Artagnan drains his flagon. Athos pulls d'Artagnan down with a dark smile. his flagon for him. D'Artagnan appears beside him. Let's see if you can drink like one. 83 CONTINUED: (3) ARAMIS So little time. indicates Athos sitting at a table by himself. D'ARTAGNAN I'll drink anything you put in front of me. The chair breaks beneath them. ARAMIS In all the years I've know him. ATHOS Famous last words. D'ARTAGNAN Why is he sitting by himself? PORTHOS Athos takes his drinking seriously. 84 ATHOS 84 83 He remains lost in drink. (calls out) Service! My lap is cold! A Barmaid scurries INTO VIEW. charming self by morning. He hides his concern behind a cheerful attitude. He'll be his usual warm.
. intoxicating. the poor idiot. When the good Count was about your age. Her dress was torn. She was more than beautiful. (beat) Would you like to hear a story. They were happy for a time. Athos takes a long pull from the bottle of burgundy. d'Artagnan? A love story? Athos' voice reveals unexpected vulnerability. (beat) The Count took her to his castle and made her the first lady of the province. 84 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Love? The word nearly makes Athos grimace. he fell in love with a visitor from Paris. She was. while riding in the woods. D'Artagnan is fascinated. A breathtaking girl of seventeen. the pain he keeps inside. one of the Counts of Berry. He nearly whispers: D'ARTAGNAN Yes. Finally: ATHOS Love. and knocked unconscious. moved. then beyond. D'ARTAGNAN Isn't that what people do when they fall in love? ATHOS (sharply) Be quiet and listen. Then one day.76.. as happy as a man and a woman can be. he married her. the girl was thrown from her horse.. d'Artagnan. ATHOS I once knew a man. He stares at d'Artagnan for a long beat. And this man. My native province. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 84 .. The Count hurried to help her. wipes the blood red wine from his lips. As if to look into another time and place.
Swore that she had changed.. (beat) And turned her over to the authorities to be executed for the crime. The Count's curiosity got the best of him. imagines that life... She swore that she loved him. ATHOS The Count's angel turned out to be a murderess who escaped the Executioner's blade. And what he had done. The Count soon realized what she had meant to him. the woman wore a gold band in the shape of a serpent. And so he rejected her. It was the only article of clothing she refused to remove. D'ARTAGNAN What? ATHOS The fleur d'lis. For her lies and for her past. Athos pauses. his heart did not agree. ATHOS But you see.. She'd been branded. He was tormented by the ridicule of his social class. He reached over and slid down the gold band.. Athos now turns his unflinching gaze on d'Artagnan.. He saw something on her arm. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . they would live a long life together. The Count and his 85 84 ATHOS But the Count was young and he was stupid. something she'd kept hidden 'til then. 85 ANOTHER ANGLE D'Artagnan reacts with shock. angel. And if he would just keep her secret.77... 84 CONTINUED: (2) ATHOS (CONT'D) On her her arm.
. crushing it to the floor. HOLD ON Athos for a long time. trips and falls on Athos' table. totally unperturbed. PORTHOS Care to dance. staring up. That's when Porthos. Every once in awhile. dancing with abandon. looks down and offers him the bottle. Athos. Gave up his title. 85 CONTINUED: ATHOS (CONT'D) That his.78..play something with some blood in it! I feel like dancing! Aramis launches into something appropriate. PORTHOS Aramis -. His joie de vivre is infectious and soon everyone in the inn is clapping and encouraging him. But the story has made d'Artagnan quite sober and a little sick to his stomach. betrayal was far greater than her own. another WEAPON -. (beat) Soon after he foreswore the society that shaped him. Porthos lies in the wreckage.drops out of Porthos' clothing and hits the floor with a CLATTER. As he gathers up his pain.a dagger or something -. Porthos is damned good. 85 Athos SMASHES open another BOTTLE. spins out of control. and puts it back again. Aramis! PORTHOS Athos made a joke! . He refuses another drink. Athos? ATHOS Only if I can lead. D'ARTAGNAN He loved her. It seemed like the same thing after a while. Good. ATHOS More for me. And was never seen again. then breaks out laughing. ATHOS He killed her. Porthos and a Barmaid get up and begin a festive folk dance. Porthos blinks in amazement at Athos' grim face.
They turn in disbelief to the shuttered windows. Would you please stop whistling? (CONTINUED) . D'Artagnan and the Musketeers ride INTO FRAME. RURAL LANDSCAPE . He looks like he could puke at any moment. PORTHOS Beautiful morning. ATHOS Well? INNKEEPER It's dawn. CUT TO: 87 EXT. gentlemen. casts long shadows across a sparkling dewwet field.79.. D'ARTAGNAN Were we making too much noise? INNKEEPER You told me to wake you at dawn... D'Artagnan squints ahead. INNKEEPER Excuse me. eh. had a big brains. D'ARTAGNAN My head feels like it's filled with the King's marching band. So that's exactly why Porthos shouts to him and says. PORTHOS d'Artagnan. continuing their journey to Calais. d'Artagnan? D'Artagnan is terribly hung-over from the night's carousing.. wincing with every bump. Porthos grins.DAY 87 86 The sun rises. Sunlight is peeking in through the cracks. Sure enough. You know. 86 ANGLE The Innkeeper comes down the stairs wearing a nightshirt and a sleepy expression. good idea stomach. it's not a to travel on an empty You really should have portion of those sheep's Porthos laughs good- D'Artagnan covers his mouth. naturedly.
when another BALL comes SCREAMING their way. It sounds like. sees six horsemen waiting for them in the near distance. left over from some long-forgotten war. they look back and see an old castle atop a distant hill. ARAMIS I hear it too. ATHOS (knows immediatley) A connon ball.. PORTHOS (to others) The Barmaid's kiss left him dizzy. threatening to dump them out of their saddles. The Musketeers barely calm their horses. Athos spurs his horse across the field. sending up a tremendous EXPLOSION. 87 CONTINUED: Whistling? PORTHOS I'm not whistling. d'Artagnan and the Musketeers follow. As the Musketeers and d'Artagnan struggle to control their horses. ATHOS Stay with us. Another BALL EXPLODES into the ground in front of them. But they discover crude battlements in their path. He changes direction again. and you just might get your wish. As dirt rains upon them: ARAMIS (to d'Artagnan) How's your head now? D'ARTAGNAN I'm beginning to wish the Cardinal had chopped if off. Athos changes direction.. PORTHOS I hate cannon balls.80. (CONTINUED) . IMPACTING a few feet away. A group of men operate two rusted cannons. 87 D'ARTAGNAN Well someone is. Athos is cut off by an EAR-PIERCING WHISTLE as a CANNON BALL drops out of the sky and STRIKES the ground nearby. Their horses rear up in fear. as the horsemen charge after.
ARAMIS We'll see you in Calais! ATHOS Or hell! Athos and d'Artagnan take off in one direction. A crossroads up ahead. QUEEN'S BATH . Constance replenishes the bath with pitchers of hot water drawn from a boiling cauldron. replies) Yes. ANNE And when he looks at you. 87 CONTINUED: (2) 87 They ride as fast their mounts will carry them. we discover Anne reclining in a large tiled bath. do you suddenly forget how to breathe? (CONTINUED) . as confidantes and friends: CONSTANCE But how. Athos sizes up the situation. your Majesty? How can you tell if you're really in love? ANNE Do you think about him all the time? CONSTANCE (considers. ANNE And when he's around.DAY 88 A room heavy with mist and steam. break in half to give chase. shouts command. Porthos and Aramis in the other. Constance attending. In mid-conversation. ATHOS Split in half! D'Artagnan rides with me! D'Artagnan nods. thrilled to go with Athos.81. Behind a maze of gauze screens. CUT TO: 88 INT. do your knees feel as weak as water? CONSTANCE Yes. The pursuing horsemen soon race INTO VIEW.
A warm beat. She wonders: ANNE Who is he? CONSTANCE You'll never believe it. soap and water swirl about her naked body. ANNE The young man on the scaffold? CONSTANCE Yes. (CONTINUED) 88 . Anne turns to Constance. ANNE Who? CONSTANCE The young man who rescued us from the bandit. CONSTANCE (thrilled by the knowledge. knew it all alone) I am. CONSTANCE Are you in love. CONSTANCE You won't. Anne and Constance are friends as much as they are Queen and subject. ANNE Of course I will.82. ANNE Then you're in love. Your Majesty? ANNE What an impertinent question. peers ahead) You're right. 88 CONTINUED: CONSTANCE Yes. I don't believe it. ANNE (turns back in the water.
It's complicated. do you forget how to breathe? A beat. I will too. simple. Wistful... QUEEN'S BATH . A sad beat. 88 CONTINUED: (2) CONSTANCE Are you? Anne pauses.DAY (LATER) Anne steps to a dressing chamber. her emotions.? Anne stops short. CONSTANCE Do your knees feel as weak as water? ANNE Never. CUT TO: 89 INT. wearing a long robe. HOLD ON Anne for a beat. If only her life. ANNE Constance.. CONSTANCE When he looks at you. my mind touches on many subjects.83.. is a matter of state. Constance teases: CONSTANCE Do you think about him all the time? ANNE (playing along) As Queen. not Queen. (CONTINUED) 89 I hope . she replies: ANNE I hope he will someday. were as 88 ANNE My love. And Anne is a girl of eighteen again. have you seen my. assumes a supplicant air. arranging her thick wet hair into braids. Cardinal Richelieu waits for her in the dressing chamber. now bows.
. These are not the usual hobbies of youth. (nods assent) It's the least I can do. Anne resumes. husband. watchful.84. RICHELIEU I need your help. And could not in good conscience wait another minute. ANNE Cardinal. The coming war with France... ANNE Of course. 89 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU Your Majesty. He steps closer.. (CONTINUED) . ANNE On what matter? RICHELIEU Your. Richelieu reacts with quiet pleasure. ANNE What do you mean? RICHELIEU The Huguenot rebellion.. remains silent. occupation in the Antilles and Cayenne. As Your Eminence has been kind enough to advise me. chooses her words with care.. happiness. ANNE (remembering Richelieu's last encounter with Louis) Your King. Richelieu allows the jest. ANNE No. 89 RICHELIEU I am worried about the King's. forgive me. ANNE You want my help? RICHELIEU Yes.
... ANNE Now. Anne considers. 89 CONTINUED: (2) RICHELIEU And now he wishes to postpone his birthday celebration. if you'll excuse me. seeming loyalty. RICHELIEU Which is exactly why we must celebrate.85. ANNE Why? RICHELIEU He feels it is not.. Anne nods. (off her look) To show the world that the King of France is strong enough to face any enemy on any field. I. calls after. To show France. noncommittal: ANNE I will speak to him.. Anne senses hidden agenda. that he is King. If you will speak. turns back toward the chambers. (beat) He will listen to you. replies. intrigues below the surface. RICHELIEU Of course. The conversation's conspiratorial tone begins to disturb her.. ANNE It sounds as though he is concerned with more important matters. appropriate. (MORE) (CONTINUED) Richelieu 89 . RICHELIEU Your Majesty? (off her look) Please understand that I do not underestimate the value of your assistance. Richelieu makes his case with forceful eloquence.
Richelieu appears. THRONE ROOM AND GREAT HALL Louis watches from a balcony. LOUIS Why? (CONTINUED) 92 91 90 89 . Anne feels a chill.86. to know -all that you and I might accomplish. as if to justify) For France.in fact. Your Majesty. CUT TO: 91 INT. Louis looks up. LOUIS Why is it I don't see any of my Musketeers? RICHELIEU I'm afraid. the increasing number of Cardinal's Guards on duty.. that's impossible. Even for an instant. pulls her robe more tightly about her body. Together. fresh from his encounter with the Queen. RICHELIEU I'm sorry to be late. fresh from his encounter with the Queen. Richelieu steps away.DAY Louis watches from a balcony. practicing muskets and sabers. CUT TO: 90 EXT. LOUVRE (PARIS) . Richelieu never allows the mask to slip.DAY Infantry troops drill outside the King's palace. They make him feel uncomfortable. Louis glances at the throne room.. THRONE ROOM . Louis speaks with renewed determination. greets him with displeasure. Richelieu appears. (quietly. 89 CONTINUED: (3) RICHELIEU (CONT'D) And that I wish for you to consider -. his red cape swirling behind him. but I was wrestling with an important matter of state. 92 INT.
his face a mask of innocence. reacts with sadness.depose you -.87. I've been hearing some very troubling rumors about you. Louis turns back to the balcony. 92 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU They have become outlaws. I have reports from the local constables involved. LOUIS Musketeers. Louis can't believe it.. RICHELIEU There are so many to choose from. His mood glum and lonely. RICHELIEU No mistake. He sighs. Is it the one about my alleged alliance with Buckingham? Let's see if I remember it correctly. robbing and killing innocent people. LOUIS There must be some mistake. produces a sheaf of papers. I'll undermine the throne from within -. the soldiers marching below. While the English attack from without. Your Majesty? Richelieu smiles. No doubt counterfeit. Richelieu.and become sovereign of France myself. He takes the papers into his hands. LOUIS Your Eminence. not the least bit concerned. ever prepared. Richelieu nods. LOUIS It does seem rather farfetched. They are terrorizing the countryside. But Louis has no way of knowing. That rumor. RICHELIEU They are better off disbanded. (CONTINUED) 92 . moves on to another matter of business..
As Richelieu draws him deeper into his spider's strategems. Their pursuit is at least a mile behind them. They crest the top of a bluff. ready for this as well) Your subjects are eager to celebrate the birth of their King at a time like this. ARAMIS My horse will not survive another league. Why don't you discuss the matter with your Queen? Louis looks up. LOUIS I've been thinking about that. 92 CONTINUED: (2) RICHELIEU If there are any doubts of my loyalty. PORTHOS And you? ARAMIS (in kind) Ten. wonders.. LOUIS I'm not so eager. they'll be put to rest when we appear together at your birthday celebration. RICHELIEU I have an idea. look back over their shoulders. RICHELIEU (alert.. Porthos looks into the near distance. A birthday celebration when we're on the brink of war.88. manages a weary smile. (CONTINUED) 93 92 . FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE . They can afford to rest for a moment. twenty at the most.DAY Porthos and Aramis ride hard. CUT TO: 93 EXT. rein their horses to a stop.
89. The Ferryman turns a greedy eye on the Woman and child. relaxing boat ride. Four passengers wait to be carried across -. A nice. a hunched and weatherbeaten gnome. WOMAN But I only have one. bows and scrapes to the Cavaliers. Couldn't my child ride free? She's so small.TWO GENTLEMAN CAVALIERS on horseback.. For free. collects the coins they toss to his way. As Porthos and Aramis arrive. ARAMIS Put away your money. 93 CONTINUED: PORTHOS Here's just the thing. FERRYMAN Two pistoles. the trip to the other shore takes nearly five minutes.. an experienced boot-licker. demanding) Two pistoles. (CONTINUED) . CUT TO: 94 EXT. Transport is slow. A courtly voice intervenes. about fifteen-by-twenty feet. 93 At the bottom of the hill: a crude ferry lands at the bank of a swift. It travels from one shore to the other by means of a ferry rope. FERRYMAN (hand outstretched. As the flatboat enters its slip.. the two Cavaliers urge their horses on board. the flatboat is just returning. and a country WOMAN and her child. RIVER AND FERRY LANDING . The Ferryman. choppy river.. FERRYMAN A privilege to carry you on my humble boat. piloted by its FERRYMAN. madame.a wooden platform. rudely jostling the Woman and her child to the rear. You and your child will cross the river under our protection.DAY 94 The ferry is an open flatboat -.
FERRYMAN Nobody rides for free! Under your protection bloody well indeed! I'll teach you a thing or two about protection! Applecheeked young fools!! -. This way.90.. 95 HILL AND SHORE The pursuers charge down the hill and ride to the end of the dock but they're too late. The Woman reacts with grateful surprise. The rope splits and the ferryboat lurches away from the dock. Porthos at his side.into cringing. PORTHOS We sail! And with that. 94 CONTINUED: All turn to regard Aramis on horseback. 95 94 . I insist on it. The Ferryman does. spittle flies as he curses and protests. too -.Just who do you think you are!! ARAMIS (waits for the tirade to cease. why didn't you say so? Of course you'll ride for free. Porthos and Aramis have gotten away. ARAMIS Porthos! PORTHOS What? Aramis takes Porthos by the shoulder and turns him so he can see their pursuers pouring over the top of the hill on their horses.. Two two Cavaliers react to the word. Porthos takes the sharp edge of his boomerang and brings it down on the dock rope. simply) Musketeers. My what a lovely little girl. The Ferryman is outraged. FERRYMAN Musketeers? Well. obedient servant. pretty madame.
Aramis ties scarves around the horses' eyes to blindfold them for the crossing. FIRST CAVALIER Happily. by your dress and by your manner. is the Cardinal. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Porthos produces a bottle from under his cloak. All right.the two Cavaliers watch them with keen interest.. PORTHOS Let's see. FIRST CAVALIER You're those Musketeers everyone's been looking for. here... PORTHOS I'll object. produces a flask. You are. Would you gentlemen care to drink a toast with us to the Cardinal? PORTHOS We'd be happy to. SECOND CAVALIER But the only King we recognize. The First Cavalier smiles. no such objections have been raised. PORTHOS Popularity has its price. Then he turns around and sees what Aramis is already seeing -. 96 SECOND CAVALIER I'm listening.. 96 FLATBOAT Porthos laughs and taunts the angry pursuers. PORTHOS If you'll drink one with us to the King. ARAMIS There are those who would call that treason. members of a bone-lazy class of servile ninnyhammers whose slavish allegiance to His Eminence the Cardinal is as that of a dog who likes nothing better than to sniff today where he has peed the day before.91. FIRST CAVALIER I have some excellent brandy here.
Ninnyhammers. no matter what robes surround it. than a beefwitted moron so dazzled by the throne that he does not see the true nature of the foolish boy who wobbles atop it. PORTHOS I was momentarily inspired. The Cavaliers are not amused. 97 FIGHT 97 96 The middle of a river on a rocking flatboat is not the best place for a duel. and falling. ARAMIS Well said.they must keep the Woman and child clear of the flashing blades. his lips white with fury. At least I'd like to think so. FIRST CAVALIER Better to be a dog in the service of a great master. And. It's too bad we can only kill them once.. Slipping. FIRST CAVALIER May I reply? ARAMIS (courtly) By all means. They attack with everything they've got. as if that were not enough. sliding. a Musketeer. The Cavaliers are excellent swordsmen. I'm impressed. The Cavaliers have already pulled out their swords. Porthos and Aramis now reach for their own. the Musketeers have an additional disadvantage -. that most muddy-brained of all men. Which is to say.92. Porthos deadpans: PORTHOS Maybe there's something about us that just pisses people off.. 96 CONTINUED: PORTHOS (CONT'D) (beat) Piss is piss. (CONTINUED) . But the combatants make the most of it. The first replies in measured tones.
.. not to mention unfair. swords and muskets already drawn. gradually reducing his opponent to tatters. chases him between -.. slides toward the low end of the flatboat. The two Cavaliers are soon vanquished. groaning on the flatboat deck.. Porthos and Aramis meet at the middle. ARAMIS That'll do.. PORTHOS But beef-witted is a little more than I can stand. There.and at one point.. stops the child's desperate progress with one arm while continuing to do battle with the other. ARAMIS Porthos. ARAMIS Can you swim? PORTHOS (doesn't like the sound of this) My horse can. over -. Aramis duels with the expected artistry. breathless. PORTHOS But. He returns child to Mother with a grin. waiting patiently.. the child loses her footing. Porthos complains: PORTHOS I've been called a lot of things in my time. is a patrol of Cardinal's Guards. . the deep river beyond.. ARAMIS (eyes on the opposite shore) Porthos. continues.... Aramis executes a neat sidestep. PORTHOS What? Aramis indicates the opposite shore as the flatboat approaches it.? (CONTINUED) 97 No. 97 CONTINUED: Porthos drives his opponent about the flatboat with a devilish grin.93.blindfolded horses. At one juncture..
no. step toward dry land. swords drawn.. Through twists and turns. Stalemate. 98 ON SHORE The Cardinal's Guards react with anger and disbelief. ARAMIS A nice relaxing boat ride.. the horses slip upon the wet deck as they guide them to the edge. ARAMIS AND PORTHOS One. 97 CONTINUED: (2) 97 Aramis hurries to his horse. ARAMIS You go first and I'll watch your progress.. PORTHOS Please. for their arrival. Waiting. After you. the Ferryman look on. Porthos looks down at his latest sash -. a leafy shore beyond. 99 RIVER A wild ride down the ROARING RIVER. No. and gyrating whirlpools... huge boulders. The Woman whispers after: Thank you. (CONTINUED) 99 98 . mutters. Then. They leap atop their mounts. follows suit.. Aramis keeping an eye on his fellow Musketeer. Porthos manages a wink as he floats into the distance.. lived to the fullest. walls of white water. two -. Porthos clinging to his horse for dear life. Aramis and Porthos guide their horses into the raging river. as the Woman and child. They lead their horses from the water. Life is an adventure. Aramis and Porthos finally reach a quiet pool. takes off the blindfold. and see yet another (or perhaps the same) patrol of Cardinal's Guards. they can't help it.. Aramis and Porthos grin.94. Porthos grumbles after.three! And with that.destroyed like the others. They count... WOMAN God speed. and the deep rapids up ahead. Aramis draws his saber.
just the two of us. The forest around them is dark and primeval. Something about a boy becoming a man. watering their horses. D'ARTAGNAN I'd be proud to die for my King. follow.it will mark you forever. The nearness of death. clear water. CUT TO: 100 EXT. Only d'Artagnan is the hunted. as always.95. Aramis and Porthos charge towards the Guards. WIDEN to reveal d'Artagnan and Athos at a shallow pond. Athos rides into the forest. And when it does -. You have your boyhood wish at last. I'd lay in bed at night and imagine it. D'ARTAGNAN Do you think we've lost them? ATHOS They'll catch up eventually. The thrill of the hunt. The dark forest. quiet cynicism: He replies with 100 99 ATHOS Well.DAY Cool. To the point. or so it would seem. ATHOS I just wanted to save you from the life of a Musketeer. 99 CONTINUED: And with that. But he died before I could go with him. You don't have to go looking for experience. d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan pauses to look at their beautiful surroundings. He promised to take me on my tenth birthday. I don't know why he picked that year. DENSE FOREST . Athos is unmoved. remembers: D'ARTAGNAN My father used to hunt in a forest like this. It'll find you soon enough. not the hunter. D'Artagnan hurries to CUT TO: .
And then: THUNDERING HOOFBEATS. A SHOT grazes d'Artagnan's shoulder. ATHOS Go. The climb is fast and treacherous.. (CONTINUED) 102 . But not here. The horsemen creep slowly up the hillside. Athos' horse is struck by a bullet. Athos points his pistol at d'Artagnan. from tree to tree.. Athos and d'Artagnan turn in surprise. Sunbeams shoot down through thick branches like golden bars.. I can't. Go on without me. staggers forward. The horesmen FIRE PISTOLS as they ride. D'ARTAGNAN I can't leave you here. takes cover with Athos behind the boulders. or I'll kill you myself. Athos leads them up a hillside. SHOTS WHIZ back and forth like angry hornets. and collapses just as they reach the crest. almost peaceful. Fearful. but not for long. FIRES a SHOT. Stalemate. he staggers. Not like this. d'Artagnan would have obeyed without question. a series of boulders at the top. 102 ANOTHER ANGLE Athos and d'Artagnan GALLOP through the dense forest. leap from their mounts. seek cover. if nothing else. D'ARTAGNAN Athos. and kills one of the horsemen below. D'Artagnan leaps off his horse. FOREST . A few days ago. see SIX HORSEMEN CRASHING through the glade. ATHOS Ride to Calais and stop the Cardinal's agent. A pastoral setting. Athos turns to d'Artagnan as he reloads: ATHOS I'll hold them off for as long as I can. 101 EXT.96.DAY 101 Athos leads d'Artagnan through the forest. Athos takes aim. not now. retains his mount. They are badly outnumbered. D'ARTAGNAN A duel then. The others curse.. GUNFIRE all around them.
He gives it to Athos. Tails. D'ARTAGNAN But. He produces a gold coin.? Athos reloads. Athos FIRES off another SHOT. And that there is no use arguing with him. D'Artagnan is to remain. D'ARTAGNAN (a choke of emotion) I'll never forget you.. ATHOS I stay. 102 CONTINUED: ATHOS You're insane. GALLOPS away. 103 ATHOS AND HIS POV Heads. Athos looks up without 103 102 Athos returns the coin to his doublet without giving d'Artagnan a chance to see. Tails I stay. hasn't got a chance. I'll toss a coin. That Athos cannot fully express it. heads you remain. ATHOS All right. D'Artagnan He knows Athos . yet proud) Don't let us down. There are tears in d'Artagnan's eyes. And looks between..97. runs to his MOUNT. D'ARTAGNAN We never finished the first. SHOOTS at another horseman. ATHOS Go! Athos turns away. missing a beat. D'ARTAGNAN At least take my pistol. They clasp hands. Musketeer... FIRES below. Agreed? D'Artagnan nods. slams it between palm and hand. flips. ATHOS (gruff. D'Artagnan recognizes the kindness he has received.
bodyguards to the carriage's passenger. ROAD TO CALAIS . illuminated by moonlight.S. side. He opens his eyes once -. d'Artagnan's body. and lands in the middle of the road. We hear the CARRIAGE DOOR OPEN. and rides. CUT TO: . tumbles from his saddle.98.S. its rider half-conscious in the saddle. FOOTSTEPS to d'Artagnan's MILADY (O. Pistols are cocked. Strong hands grasp d'Artagnan and lift him from the cold ground. We hear HORSES. Abruptly. what a handsome boy. Milady de Winter. MILADY (O.. MILADY (O.S. He can barely keep his eyes open.then closes them. Suddenly. and the CREAK of a CARRIAGE APPROACHING. Henri's shadow falls across 105 104 HENRI It's a young man. the SHOTS CEASE.) What is it. Milady. we can make out other shapes. Henri? HENRI (DRIVER) There's a body in the road. In the darkness. As long as the SHOTS continue.a sky filled with stars -. He appears to be injured. he knows Athos is alive.) My.) Be careful.. d'Artagnan passes out. 104 D'ARTAGNAN He rides. rugged men on horseback. and the horses are brought to a halt just short of trampling d'Artagnan. CUT TO: 105 EXT.NIGHT A lonely stretch of road. A signpost announces: CALAI 15 LEAGUES. It is d'Artagnan. straining to hear the sounds of GUNFIRE. D'Artagnan swallows his heart. An exhausted HORSE CLOPS INTO VIEW. Put him inside with me. The DRIVER brakes.
Welcome back.99.. uncertain: D'ARTAGNAN Where am I. Familiar. D'ARTAGNAN (frantic) Where are my clothes? (CONTINUED) MILADY Did you dream? 107 . 107 ANOTHER ANGLE reveals the interior of a bed chamber at a roadside inn. D'Artagnan notices that his shoulder has been bandaged. She smiles warmly. His eyes widen with recognition.. D'Artagnan leaps out of bed. and no doubt deadly. A FIRE ROARS in the grate. D'ARTAGNAN You. regaining his senses. It FILLS the SCREEN. slowly swimming INTO FOCUS. to self) The ship..? MILADY This is Calais. faint awe. still groggy. MILADY Have we met? D'ARTAGNAN I. Food and drink have been set upon a table.. a face appears. 106 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV .BLACK SCREEN 106 Out of the darkness. Tuesday at midnight. He blinks into the face of Milady who sits at the edge. even more beautiful in CLOSEUP. D'Artagnan gathers a bedsheet around him. BLURRY and OBSCURED. finds himself propped up in a large bed. D'Artagnan. He looks around the large room. Milady smiles. ivory combs gleam in her hair... D'ARTAGNAN (with a jolt) Calais! (muttered. D'Artagnan continues.. Then realizes he is stark naked. saw you in Paris.. It is Milady de Winter.
something soft and silken beneath it. D'Artagnan reacts perceptibly. D'Artagnan relaxes slightly. Like an unwanted kitten. I'm having them cleaned. a BELL TOLLS the HOUR. 107 CONTINUED: MILADY Filthy.. She wears a sky blue dressing gown. Milady. MILADY It's Tuesday. Milady crosses the room. Is something wrong? D'ARTAGNAN What day is it? What time?! D'Artagnan runs to a window. D'ARTAGNAN Countess? MILADY My husband's dead. Beyond: the harbor lights of the Port of Calais. near nine. I am the Countess de Winter.. Milady rises from the bed. MILADY Are you in a hurry? D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) How did I. and throws open the shutters. Nine? D'ARTAGNAN Are you sure? Milady 107 Somewhere in the night. MILADY Quite sure. get here? MILADY I found you in the road.100. Do you have a name or shall I make one up for you? D'ARTAGNAN (nervous) My name is d'Artagnan. joins him at the window. (CONTINUED) . Discarded. MILADY D'Artagnan. smiles. Enjoying his discomfort. I like that.
. then: D'ARTAGNAN Countess.. I'm afraid you are my prisoner. D'Artagnan hesitates. A handsome young man with 'important business' in the still of night. D'ARTAGNAN An hour? MILADY I told the innkeeper to bring them when they are dry.? D'ARTAGNAN Important business. As she passes by the fire. 107 MILADY They won't be ready for at least an hour. (CONTINUED) . her dressing gown seems to disappear. MILADY I have learned to live with death. All in a single reply. MILADY What. revealing a silhouette that makes d'Artagnan's heart stop.101. seduction. food and drink upon it. 107 CONTINUED: (2) D'ARTAGNAN I'm sorry.. I'm very grateful for what you've done. D'ARTAGNAN I need my clothes. She manages to combine sympathy.. he is not immune to her charms. MILADY Does it require clothes? Yes. and just a hint of danger. Until then. I've got. Does it involve a young lady? D'ARTAGNAN No. MILADY How mysterious. but I can't stay here. Would the prisoner care for a drink? Milady crosses to the table.
and slashes the air. D'Artagnan hesitates. there is a life-sized portrait of the King. on the road to Calais.. peers at the message. turns to face him. looks up. and you may impress. RICHELIEU (dry. and enters its box. 107 CONTINUED: (3) D'ARTAGNAN (always innocent. CUT TO: 108 EXT. CUT TO: 109 INT. MILADY Good. Richelieu enters with the message. Richelieu unpeels the message on its leg. cleaning d'Artagnan's sword. If only life were like that. perhaps even move me. never coy) I am. Milady pours wine into glasses. Rochefort occupies a window seat. Richelieu sits at his desk.NIGHT 108 And 107 A CARRIER PIGEON FLUTTERS out of the dark sky. and eat and drink. CARDINAL'S PRIVATE CHAMBER . without the risk of loss. offers a smile that dazzles and burns. and always easily defeated.NIGHT A room as cold as the man who owns it. in the middle of the night. then steps to her. duels with an imaginary opponent. The pride of victory. A hand reaches in and removes the bird. (soft seductively) I love a good adventure. The little door on the other side opens. He 109 (CONTINUED) . Then we will sit by the fire. ROOF OF PALAIS CARDINAL (PARIS) . He stands. He lifts it to the light. Behind Richelieu's desk. re: Rochefort's fencing) The wonderful thing about an imaginary opponent is that he is always greatly skilled.102. with the story of how you came to lie unconscious.. pleased. thirsty.
Richelieu pours two glasses of port. The plate of food between them is empty. her kindness. They are dead by now.? RICHELIEU (knowingly) Will proceed as well. Milady speaks quietly. and stares into the burning embers. Rochefort steps closer. allows him to continue. from the heart: (CONTINUED) . ROCHEFORT The King's birthday celebration. CUT TO: 110 INT.? RICHELIEU Will proceed as planned. D'ARTAGNAN I was thinking about my friends. All conspire to loosen his tongue. ROCHEFORT I told you not to worry about the Musketeers.. the wine. D'Artagnan speaks quietly. RICHELIEU Buckingham's signature will be on the treaty by morning. And drink. 109 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU Milady has reached Calais. Thanks to the kind intercession of Queen Anne. offers one to Rochefort. They drink wine from goblets.. with seeming compassion: MILADY You are sad. raise their glasses to the King's portrait. MILADY'S CHAMBER AT INN . She looks at d'Artagnan with gentle expression. ROCHEFORT And our plans.. and when to listen.NIGHT 110 109 D'Artagnan and Milady face each other on a rug in front of the roaring fire. speaks quietly. Milady knows when to speak.103. D'Artagnan drains his cup. The warm room.. They turn.
if you would like to entertain me with a story. I'm eager to hear it. filled with handsome knights and beautiful ladies. to mourn. I know. However. And please. a dragon -There is nothing a man is more loathe to experience than a woman who does not take him seriously. And Milady is well aware of it. assumes a more vulnerable pose. Men make bold plans in secret... MILADY (looks up. 110 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN The three best friends a man could have. I'm afraid I'll never see them again. I'm on a mission for the King. But I can't.' D'Artagnan nods. MILADY 'Important business. and reveals: (CONTINUED) 110 . And young men are given to exaggeration. She looks down. MILADY You are a young man. MILADY What brings you here? D'ARTAGNAN I'd like to tell you. D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) All I can tell you is. He wants her to know how brave he is. We were separated on our way to Calais. or to celebrate the outcome. D'Artagnan acts accordingly. it's a lonely vigil. And women wait.104. laughs lightly) I've heard that one before. make it very brave... MILADY I understand. I know from experience. D'ARTAGNAN I'm serious. He wants to impress her.
There is Constance's memory to consider. (beat) Aren't you afraid? D'ARTAGNAN Musketeers are not afraid of anything..? D'ARTAGNAN Yes. (with sudden concern) But. d'Artagnan. though d'Artagnan doesn't see it) A spy. if this spy was to find out you are here. I knew you were a Musketeer the moment I saw you. MILADY (alert. can almost feel her lips upon him. D'Artagnan sees the look in her eyes. You're not afraid of me? Her tone heralds a sudden shift.. D'ARTAGNAN You did? MILADY Of course. D'ARTAGNAN A Musketeer is not afriad of danger.. D'ARTAGNAN You're not dangerous.. MILADY Then what am I? (CONTINUED) 110 . your life could be in grave danger. 110 CONTINUED: (2) D'ARTAGNAN I came to Calais to stop a spy from sailing to England. MILADY I'm dangerous. But he resists.105. MILADY I knew it. And midnight as it approaches. MILADY I believe you.
D'Artagnan nearly chokes on the knowledge.106.. D'Artagnan sees it in the nick of time. the shoulder of her negligee rips open. Milady speaks as her finger traces. runs a fingertip along the line of his jaw.. knocking the dagger to the rug. a confusion he D'ARTAGNAN I'm sorry -D'Artagnan pulls back -. D'Artagnan resists slightly. stunned with fear and surprise: D'ARTAGNAN What're you doing?! Have you lost your mind?! MILADY You came to Calais to stop a spy from sailing to England. an ivory comb. 111 110 D'ARTAGNAN .. enough for d'Artagnan to see her breasts as they press against the silk beneath it. battles for the dagger. she reaches up to her hair.. Milady staggers after. They are the same. danger. the hour. hands outstretched. (CONTINUED) Not so long ago. 111 ON D'ARTAGNAN He cannot continue. she will not be denied. Just as Athos told it to him. Her dressing gown falls open at the top. but she presses closer. almost a dagger. recognition -. cannot deny.. holding a long sharp stick pin.. Milady is the messenger he is seeking. reacts with shock. He grabs the dagger. rolls to the side. Milady leaps after it. And with that. 110 CONTINUED: (3) D'ARTAGNAN You're. The infamous mark of the murderess. MILADY Beauty. parries with his free hand. attached to an ivory comb. D'Artagnan sees the soft white flesh.she bears the brand of the fleur de lis. D'Artagnan follows. Milady leans close. My God.just as Milady's arm arcs down toward his neck. Milady covers him with caresses. beautiful. Constance.
he tosses the dagger to the side. vain. He holds out his hands. Henri steps forward. and no match for. 111 CONTINUED: MILADY (crying out) Parker!! The chamber door flies open. You are young. And steps toward him. both empty. Henri picks up the dagger with bad intentions. But a surprise waits for you in England. Parker disposes of d'Artagnan with lightning speed. adjusts her hair.107. But I do not know if you are clever. the IndoChinese bodyguard. (MORE) (CONTINUED) And 111 . unwilling to fight the man with an unfair advantage. steps forward to meet him. Milady straightens her dressing gown. Parker holds him fast. d'Artagnan thinks fast. D'Artagnan's expression reveals nothing. dazed. the martial arts. and commands: MILADY Kill him. though she doesn't know it.. MILADY D'Artagnan. That even Buckingham can't prevent. Parker faces d'Artagnan with a half-smile. A series of unexpected kicks. appear. D'Artagnan looks at the dagger in his right hand. Then. MILADY We'll take him with us. and foolish. Parker hoists d'Artagnan to his feet. Henri and Parker. D'ARTAGNAN You can kill me. The young man is unfamiliar with. Milady changes her mind. MILADY (stops Henri with a gesture) What. Duly deceived.. surprise? D'ARTAGNAN That's one thing I'll never tell you. brutally efficient blows. Except to suggest the existence of a secret he is bravely keeping.
In the driver's seat. impatience.. driving them onward. As he is pulled away. 113 ANGLE TO INCLUDE MILADY AND HER POV 113 The innkeeper. d'Artagnan catches a glimpse of Armand de Winter below. and wearing a nightshirt. with a nod at Parker) Parker will devise ways to convince you to share your final secret with me.the son of the man Milady killed in Paris.surprise. INN . But when she reaches the landing. Milady commands: MILADY The back stairs. and just a hint of fear. and looks at the tavern below. Milady leads them down the hall.NIGHT Milady's coach emerges from the carriage house. She is followed by d'Artagnan.NEAR DAWN 112 111 Milady emerges from her room.. Armand grabs him by the collar. dressed for travel. HENRI The bodyguards are waiting outside. 111 CONTINUED: (2) MILADY (CONT'D) (to d'Artagnan. roused from sleep. Henri whips the horses. INN . CUT TO: 112 INT. CUT TO: 114 . Milady's eyes show nothing but cold cruelty. she draws back with surprise. Henri presses the blade of a knife against d'Artagnan's side.108. He is flanked by Henri and Parker. The innkeeper shakes his head. It is a long voyage. Milady's seven bodyguards follow on horseback. Hurry! They change directions. now clothed. speeds away in the direction of the harbor.UPPER HALL AND LANDING . D'Artagnan sees Milady's reaction -. is engaged in urgent conversation with Armand de Winter -. CUT TO: 114 EXT.
let alone displaying to the world around her. MILADY I know. (off her look) I once knew a man. Revenge. 115 INT. D'ARTAGNAN Why? MILADY He is the brother of my late husband. D'Artagnan studies her pale. what did he want? MILADY (hollow laugh) Justice.NIGHT 115 D'Artagnan and Parker sit across from Milady... she turns to the carriage window. But she does not react with anger or scorn. of beauty and danger. He was the bravest man I've ever known. He blames me for de Winter's death. one of the Counts of Berry. D'Artagnan has reminded her of the one thing in the world that still touches her heart... Her face betrays faint doubt. Remembers Athos' tale of love and loss. D'Artagnan looks at her with a steady gaze. and speaks: D'ARTAGNAN The man at the inn.. The truth strikes home. Lord de Winter... And the saddest. beautiful face. apprehension. Milady? MILADY What do you think? A beat. D'Artagnan sees his opening. Emotions she is not used to feeling. Milady cannot hold it. CUT TO: . Honor. Milady cannot conceal it..109. D'ARTAGNAN Did you murder your husband. D'ARTAGNAN I think he's not the first husband you killed. CARRIAGE . He told me a story. He thinks I murdered him.
The fog is so thick that only the masts of the schooners can be seen. MILADY Well. CUT TO: 118 EXT. ready for any encounter. There is a mel117 116 MILADY What's the matter.110. you'll soon be joining them. A motley bunch of sinister killers. Closely guarded by Parker.NIGHT Milady's carriage turns down a steep lane that leads to the harbor. strains to see. ancholy air about him. PIER . HARBOR OF CALAIS . 116 EXT.NIGHT The lights of the harbor are muted by low-hanging fog. Persephone. which is little more than an outline in the fog. her boarding gangplank leading to the soupy darkness of her deck. d'Artagnan? Still hoping for your friends to ride to the rescue? D'ARTAGNAN My friends are dead. Milady's bodyguards dismount. CUT TO: 117 EXT. six of them. Milady's return to form does not surprise. If it's any consolation. Permission to come aboard. poking out of the gloom. Parker shoves d'Artagnan toward the fog-enshrouded ship.NIGHT 118 Henri calls out to the ship. A name can be made out on her barnacled hull. D'Artagnan follows. Their lanterns glow gloomily. We see the outline of a ship waiting at the pier. The carriage comes to a stop. CALAIS . There is no reply. d'Artagnan (CONTINUED) . D'Artagnan takes in his surroundings. HENRI We are the Countess de Winter's party. They look around the pier. arrived from Paris. Henri helps Milady out of the carriage.
deaf? Henri goes to shake the man. ARAMIS (calling to him) You look like you've seen a ghost. nor does he move. Milady nods to Henri. (CONTINUED) . followed by Milady.S.come swooping down from above like avenging angels.111. HENRI Take us to your captain.NIGHT The deck is filled with swirling fog. as his three friends draw their swords. Henri peers into the gloom as he climbs aboard.) Well I certainly hope so. followed by the others. confront the other silent silhouettes.S.. falling face first on the deck. Parker.. d'Artagnan. and the six bodyguards. are dead.) Permission granted. After all that hard work. They swing on the ends of ropes. 118 CONTINUED: VOICE (O. CUT TO: 119 EXT. a tall figure standing nearby. Milady and the others react. They. slicing through the air. BODYGUARD What is this? Milady's Bodyguards rush around the deck. That's when Porthos. The Bodyguards shout alarm and panic: Dead! BODYGUARDS They're all dead! Henri 119 118 PORTHOS (O. and the man pitches forward. The limp bodies topple at their touch. like the tall figure. D'Artagnan stands open-mouthed. DECK OF THE PERSEPHONE . He grabs his arm. and Aramis -. He steps up the narrow gangplank. then dropping feet first on top of Milady's Bodyguards. He addresses one of the crew. The tall figure does not reply. Henri jumps back in alarm. demands: HENRI What are you.
she retreats into the shadows. the Indo-Chinese bodyguard. there's plenty to go around! D'Artagnan grabs a sword from the deck. One knocks d'Artagnan's sword out of his hand. D'ARTAGNAN I thought you were dead. 119 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Two of them. And Aramis with familiar grace and artistry -and a marked determination to disable. All those who wish to die. As Parker is about to chop d'Artagnan's head off. He winks at d'Artagnan. (CONTINUED) He leaps to his 119 . and Musketeers. d'Artagnan. returns to the fray. Porthos with strange weapons and a healthy sense of the absurd. PORTHOS Remind me to tell you the story of horses that could fly above raging waters. Porthos wades into the Bodyguards. Did I miss anything? D'Artagnan almost cries with happiness. his face grimaces as he is lifted on a sword OUT OF FRAME. not kill. PORTHOS All right then. feet and embraces Athos. raise your hands! Don't by shy. Milady views the latter with alarm. death. Parker has two Oriental swords spinning in his hands. D'Artagnan does a back flip but falls on the slippery deck. ATHOS Keep your mind on the mission. And finds himself face to face with Parker. In the mist Athos is revealed! ATHOS Sorry I'm late. turns to join the fray. shouting as he goes. at play. As the battle rages around her.112. D'Artagnan follows. Athos with brutal perfection. Suitable for the general public. A heroic tale of love. his opponents. The Musketeers confront Milady's evil Bodyguards in the night and fog.
take advantage of it. rises.he shifts. ATHOS Boy.with a frown. crew members of the Persephone.the usual frenetic windmill of feint and thrust -. The two Sailors pull out daggers. attacks Athos. Take advantage. even as he disables his own foe. A Bodyguard races INTO VIEW. And Aramis resumes a priestly pose. 119 CONTINUED: (2) 119 Athos and d'Artagnan find themselves fighting side by side. and bound up the gangplank.NIGHT The two Sailors find themselves in the middle of a wild battle. Got it. SAILOR That's our ship. means to kill him where he kneels. D'ARTAGNAN What do you mean? ATHOS First. PIER . who wears a wooden leg. They see and hear the mayhem ahead. see a large Musketeer with his back turned. Athos observes d'Artagnan's technique -. knocking the man off the ship to the water below. it's a miracle you're still alive fighting like that. Aramis doesn't miss a beat -. return to the ship after a night's drunk.. delivers a punch and kick. continues the litany. A SPLASH is heard. They charge. CUT TO: 120 EXT. They look around for someone to assault.. always find your enemy's weakness.NIGHT Two SAILORS. One of the Bodyguards. Second. Aramis kneels at a dying man. delivers muttered last rites. Watch me. D'ARTAGNAN Find the weakness. D'Artagnan repeats. knocks him to the deck.113. CUT TO: 121 EXT. (CONTINUED) 121 120 . DECK OF PERSEPHONE . Athos kicks the false leg out from under him.
D'Artagnan grins nearby. spins. Porthos looks about to see if anyone noticed their exit. notices d'Artagnan working his way towards him. D'ARTAGNAN Porthos the Pirate? Privateer.. 121 CONTINUED: 121 Porthos hears them coming. ATHOS Did you find the Cardinal's spy? D'ARTAGNAN Yes. sabers flash. eyes popping with horrified recognition. me sometime. D'ARTAGNAN The spy. Every Musketeer is running from something or someone. D'Artagnan deadpans: D'ARTAGNAN I love a good sea story. The two Sailors stop in their tracks. PISTOLS EXPLODE. But before he can reply. (CONTINUED) 123 122 . BOTH SAILORS Porthos the Pirate!! With a collective "yah!" the two Sailors drop their daggers. PORTHOS There's a difference. 123 BACK TO SCENE Athos drives several Bodyguards back with his sword. the youth has bolted back to the fray.114. 122 HIGH ANGLE The battle raging aboard the Persephone. ATHOS Did you kill him? Athos. PORTHOS I told you I was famous. and flee into the foggy night. is a woman. Do tell Porthos reacts to d'Artagnan's jest..
115. But Athos stands and shouts: ATHOS Stop!! Milady takes a halting step. with love. Milady runs down the gangplank. Athos. Athos holds his musket in a steady hand. she whispers. rolls to his side. They fall to the ground with a crash. Milady. Sabine? How did you come back from the dead? (CONTINUED) . runs toward a dark forest. Milady peers at his face. CUT TO: 124 EXT. She will not kill him. sees a figure at the gangplank. A very long beat. then turns to face him. wonders. Milady grabs the deadly comb from her hair. Milady scrambles to her feet. CUT TO: 125 EXT. vulnerable in the halflight. Milady turns and runs into the night. And lowers the dagger. 123 CONTINUED: ATHOS What? Athos turns to d'Artagnan. PIER .NIGHT With the speed and grace of a panther. Time stops as they regard each other across the deck. Finally. HARBOR ROAD . Athos appears moments later. takes her into his arms. But Athos overtakes. And at that moment. with hate: MILADY Athos. the battle between. leaps into the saddle of another horse. swathed in fog and diffuse light. And gives chase. ATHOS How did you do it. and gallops off. Athos races after. stunned from breaking their fall. leaps from his saddle. climbs into the saddle of one of her Bodyguard's horses. ATHOS No. grips the dagger's handle.NIGHT 125 124 123 Milady whips her horse. drives it onward. Milady takes a step closer.
As d'Artagnan. briefly. (CONTINUED) 126 . Milady speaks softly.. save for d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers. She turns and runs away. She feels it. Athos' face is a mask of contradiction. directly into the arms of Armand de Winter. They gather around a table. as if to ward off the past and what it brings. ATHOS Give me the Cardinal's treaty. 125 CONTINUED: MILADY A kind gentleman took pity on me. but it is not in him. The mood is somber and tense. Athos grips the pistol tighter. Milady whispers: 125 MILADY And aim for my heart... MILADY No. Count. and he has followed. Then. Porthos. and Aramis arrive on the scene. and he has finally found her here. ATHOS Then I will shoot. CUT TO: 126 INT. Aramis holds the treaty in his gloved hand. their love. I learned the value of lies soon after.116. too.. and where it led them. Milady recognizes his pain with a nod..NIGHT The public room is empty.. You were too proud to listen to the truth. ATHOS I did not.. He has ridden. Be kind. everything. ARMAND Countess de Winter.. He tries to pull the trigger.PUBLIC ROOM . INN (CALIAIS) . Athos cocks the trigger. The past. MILADY I remember. before she leaves him. MILADY No.
her eyes on the flames. 126 CONTINUED: ARAMIS The treaty outlines Richelieu's plan to forge an alliance with Buckingham. speaks softly. But the agreement is contingent on a 'demonstration' of the Cardinal's power. D'ARTAGNAN A demonstration? What does that mean? ARAMIS I don't know. ARMAND (a beat. Their hot reflection dances in her pale blue eyes. and steps to Milady. Armand de Winter emerges from a dark corner of the room where he has been standing guard with an impassive executioner. he nods) She dies at dawn. Athos' face grows dark. opens it. and Porthos watch in grim silence as Athos crosses the room to an imposing door. ATHOS I know someone who does. He has been silent throughout. ATHOS I'd like a word with your prisoner. There is a KNOCK at the door. (CONTINUED) . staring into the glowing embers. Milady sits beside it in a chair. PORTHOS What about the King? ARAMIS He is not mentioned directly. CUT TO: 127 INT. Athos nods. stands before her. Milady stares at the fire. Now he rises to his feet. And Athos steps inside.117. D'Artagnan. Aramis. He crosses to the door. PRIVATE ROOM .NIGHT 127 126 A fire burns in the grate.
127 CONTINUED: MILADY (quietly sardonic) Did you come to offer me consolation? ATHOS No. a fool.. (CONTINUED) 127 . ATHOS But not before. Sabine. I was. The memory will keep me company. looks up to face him. ATHOS Tell me. honest at the last) I have become. Athos indicates Armand in the corner. ATHOS I could not give it. MILADY No. Milady turns. Not us. Milady hears the regret in his voice.118. near to pleading: ATHOS Do you know the Cardinal's plans? MILADY Yes... Athos kneels at her side. holds his gaze. MILADY Will you spare my life? ATHOS I can't. MILADY There was a time when I would've given my life for a kind word.. ATHOS Did you kill his brother and his father as he says? MILADY (a long beat. the nightmare you once thought me to be.
119. 127 CONTINUED: (2) MILADY (remembering another time, another place) Society demands swift justice. (off his look) I'll take the secret to my grave. ATHOS Sabine. You'll die for your crimes. Nothing can stop that. But how you leave this world is up to you. Milady offers a half-smile, takes his hand in hers. MILADY What did the world ever do for me? HOLD ON Athos. feeling. Milady's hand in his. All that he is CUT TO: 128 EXT. SEASIDE CLIFFS - NIGHT 128 127
A hundred feet below, waves crash on a rocky shore. On the jagged cliff above, a black mass of trees is outlined against a stormy sky filled with copper-colored clouds, surreal in effect. A sinister procession approaches the cliff. Porthos leads Milady. She wears a simple white shift, her hair pulled back into a long braid. She looks years younger, the girl she used to be. The Executioner walks behind them. Followed by Armand de Winter, Aramis, d'Artagnan. And Athos. He watches every step. The procession stops at the cliff's edge. THUNDER RUMBLES. Lightning slashes the sky. The Executioner ties Milady's hands behind her. The Executioner removes a bright scimitar from beneath his cloak. Milady catches Athos' eye. He holds her gaze. He stares at Milady unflinchingly, as if to burn her image into his eyes, so that he might keep it there until the day he dies. Aramis reaches inside his cloak, removes the sacred priestly cloth he carries. (CONTINUED)
120. 128 CONTINUED: The Executioner delivers the formal litany: EXECUTIONER I forgive you for your crimes. Die in peace. Athos repeats, whispers: ATHOS Die in peace. Aramis comes forward, intones: ARAMIS I am the resurrection and the life, sayeth the Lord. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... The Executioner's sharp blade shines in the light of dawn. EXECUTIONER On your knees. Milady kneels, the Executioner steps closer. The tableau silhouetted against a reddish glow on the horizon. The Executioner brushes Milady's braid from her neck, exposing the soft white skin beneath. He raises the scimitar overhead, and just as he is about to bring it down... a cry is heard, torn from the heart: ATHOS No. Athos grabs the Executioner's wrist, and twists the scimitar loose. It falls to the ground. EXECUTIONER What's this...? Porthos leaps forward, locks his great arms around Athos. PORTHOS Athos -But Athos breaks free. rushes to her. Milady rises to her feet. Athos 128
ATHOS Forgive me, Sabine. forgive.
121. 128 CONTINUED: (2) MILADY I do. The words he could never say, finally spoken. Milady locks eyes with him. Athos' desperate act, the pure feeling it signifies, has given her a kind of release. And the strength to face her fate. MILADY The Cardinal intends to assassinate the King at his birthday celebration on Friday. And with that, Milady reaches forward, offers a gentle kiss. Then, as Athos and the others look on, stunned, uncertain... she takes a backward step, finds the cliff's edge... and steps over it. The Executioner rushes to look after. The others follow. Except for Athos, who remains rooted in place, eyes on the distant horizon. A long silence. THUNDER RUMBLES. EXECUTIONER God's justice be done. D'Artagnan sadly lowers his head. Porthos puts a consoling hand on his shoulder. Aramis stands to the other side, mutters: ARAMIS Amen. ATHOS Musketeers. D'Artagnan, Porthos, and Aramis turn. Athos has regained his former self. Stoic, in command. And hiding a broken heart. ATHOS The King's life in danger. have work to do. 129 We 128
EXT. ROOF OF PALAIS DU CARDINAL (PARIS) - NIGHT START CLOSE ON the now familiar portrait of King Louis XIII, usually found hanging behind Richelieu's desk. A SHOT RINGS OUT -- and a blast tears through the painting, leaving a smoking hole where the King's heart should be.
122. 130 ANOTHER ANGLE 130
REVEALS Richelieu and Rochefort as they walk across the roof to the painting, appraise the damage. Thie Cardinal pokes a long finger into the hole. RICHELIEU Impressive. ROCHEFORT He can do it every time. Rochefort signals approval to a solitary marksman positioned far away on one of the roof parapets. The marksman rises from a shooter's crouch, bows curtly, and begins to reload his musket. RICHELIEU And he has no qualms about... ROCHEFORT None. He believes that man should honor no Kings before God. RICHELIEU A man of faith. How delightful. (turns back to the painting) Whatever you're paying him, double it. I want the King's birthday to be a memorable event. And rehang this painting in my chamber. Just as it is. HOLD ON Richelieu for a beat. with stars. His evil intent. Framed by a sky filled CUT TO: 131 DAWN breaks. MUSIC UP, and... CUT TO: 132 EXT. VILLAGE SQUARE - DAY D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers thunder through on horseback. Pedestrians scurry to get out of their way. As they ride past, Porthos raises a crossbow and fires it. The arrow slices through the air with a terrible hum and imbeds itself on the public wall. Attached to the arrow is a piece of parchment, like the one in d'Artagnan's father's study. It reads: All For One, And One For All. CUT TO: 132 131
it is the King's birthday. in command of the Cardinal's Guards. And why not. The Captain turns in irritation. A glorious sunny day./EXT. Rochefort is there as well.DAY The city as SEEN FROM the hills. brothels and gaming casinos. The trumpeteers raise their instruments and blow a royal blast.DAY As the word is passed to Musketeers in homes and pastures. CAPTAIN . LOUVRE . the familiar eye patch. The Captain. And One For All.. the Palace. the aforenamed Musketeers are declared outlaws and are sentenced to death. all in full ceremonial dress. PARIS . snatch the man up by the arms. All For One.123. A Seneschal waits at the door with two flanking lines of trumpeteers. CUT TO: 137 INT.. drag him briefly through the air. . And One For All. All For One.DAY A CAPTAIN in the Cardinal's Guard makes a public pronouncement from horseback outside a cathedral. CUT TO: 136 EXT.DAY 137 136 135 134 133 A gathering of nobles and ladies. Any person sheltering or aiding them will be hanged -HOOFBEATS interrupt. VARIOUS SCENES . stunned. 133 EXT. LOUVRE . And Porthos and Aramis ride to either side.DAY The citizens of Paris move through the streets. They share a common destination. looks down at the piece of parchment now attached to his chest. and deposit him with a thud against a hitching post. A festive mood is in the air. Townspeople are gathered around. Galvanizing them into action.GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . CUT TO: 135 EXT. CUT TO: 134 INT. ANOTHER VILLAGE .
to die so young. A new King will sit on the throne.. ? ANNE The Cardinal expressed in confidence how much the celebration would mean to you. LOUIS But. Then.. smiles.. Both pause to consider the manipulation. you were right about the celebration. he watches the King and Queen as they walk. He says it quiet fervor. 139 INT. more likely. Constance. Richelieu turns from the procession. happy. and their ladies curtsy as the King and Queen pass. The true King after all. RICHELIEU France will not go wanting.. Speaks to Rochefort who pauses in the shadowy alcove behind him. Or to die a King. LOUIS Still.124. as if to reassure: (CONTINUED) 139 138 . to himself: RICHELIEU I'm not sure which is sadder. ANNE Hungry. 138 ENTRANCE DOORS Louis. speaks quietly... ANNE I said nothing. looks on from the sidelines.. the dream at long last within reach. LOUIS They look... The King and Queen proceed. Queen Anne. two teenagers with the world at the feet. proceed slowly across the room toward the balcony that overlooks the waiting crowd outside. dressed for the occasion.. And when the Cardinal told me how much it meant to you. and their retinue enter from a corridor.. ANTEROOM .DAY Richelieu stands in an anteroom just off the procession. Noblemen bow..
We'll try to reach the King. CUT TO: 141 EXT. The crowd focuses its attention on the empty space where the King will soon appear. RICHELIEU (a dark beat) Rest assured. Your Eminence.. It would take an army to get past them. GROUNDS OUTSIDE LOUVRE .. checks the buildings that loom overhead. D'ARTAGNAN But.125.? ATHOS Go! Athos and the others press on. D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers arrive on horseback. trying to reach the Palace. Below. Then he starts. CUT TO: 140 EXT. pauses. resplendent in their crimson tunics. Captain. all pushing and straining to get closer. Your Eminence. Athos barks orders as they struggle forward: ATHOS (to d'Artagnan) Look through the surrounding area. NEAR LOUVRE . reacts with shock and surprise. 141 140 139 . a little disappointed to be left behind. the entrance to the Palace is protected by a double line of the Cardinal's Guards. They push through the crowd. D'Artagnan...DAY The balcony has been colorfully decorated. You have. afraid that they will be too late. 139 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU Is everything ready? ROCHEFORT Yes. RICHELIEU Are you sure? ROCHEFORT I'd stake my life on it.DAY The streets leading to the Palace are clogged with people. are forced to dismount.
He resumes a supplicant pose. 144 BELL TOWER HIGH ABOVE the swelling scene. CUT TO: 145 INT. Richelieu trails the royal couple. They step side by side CUT TO: 146 INT. LOUIS I'm not sure who to trust. but this much is clear. raises his musket. dangle down the vertiginous shaft.DAY Louis and Anne continue toward the balcony. toward the balcony. taking aim. He catches a glimpse of the marksman. hundreds of feet long. A figure moving about. Too late. D'Artagnan takes off running for the monastery. back turned. Anne glances back. He nods to Rochefort in passing. circular stairs. The man is not a monk. Richelieu behind them. 143 BACK TO SCENE 143 142 D'Artagnan turns to alert the Musketeers. 142 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV The bell tower of the Carmes-Deschaux monastery.DAY Bell ropes.126. ANNE I do not trust him. The marksman assumes a crouching position. STEEPLE . Above him is the open trap to the bell tower. Louis likes the sound of that. And he is carrying a musket in his hands. ANNE Then we will discover the truth together. LOUVRE . dimly-viewed. Anne spots the smirk on Rochefort's face. and trains it on the empty balcony where the King is soon to appear. they have already vanished into the throng. CUT TO: 146 145 144 .GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . D'Artagnan races up the narrow. They exchange significant smiles.
He looks around and sees his chance. Athos turns. CUT TO: 152 EXT. using his weight to RING the BELL overhead. trying desperately to reach the Palace entrance. CUT TO: 150 INT. But the throng is impenetrable. The marksman cocks the hammer of his flinklock. The crowd roars and the TRUMPETS BLARE. Louis turns to Richelieu -.DAY The marksman takes careful aim. BELL TOWER . LOUVRE . Just for an instant.sees anger and disappointment flash on the Cardinal's face. The King steps into the sunlight. ear-splitting CLANG -causing the marksman's SHOT to go wild. but it is enough. CUT TO: 151 EXT. STEEPLE . wonders.DAY The BIG BELL makes a resounding.BALCONY .127.DAY Louis and Anne lead the procession to the doors of the balcony. CUT TO: 148 EXT.BALCONY . And shoots a worried look at the bell tower of the Carmes-Deschaux. as if to intuit the danger lurking there. and Aramis push their way through the crowd. CUT TO: 152 151 150 149 148 . BELL TOWER .. The cheering down below is like a faint whisper at this altitude. The Queen follows.DAY The SHOT misses the King and EXPLODES INTO the WALL an inch from his head.. 147 IN CROWD BELOW 147 Athos. and knows he must act now. 149 EXT. D'Artagnan leaps off the stairs and grabs a handful of rope. Porthos. The three most important people in France stand together. then Richelieu. acknowledging the clamoring multitudes. LOUVRE . looming against the sky.DAY D'Artagnan hears the click of the musket's hammer.
ATHOS Save the King!! The Musketeers charge. But his eyes are charged with excitement./EXT. As the BELL CONTINUES TO CLANG. And all defiantly wearing their blue and gold tunics. The murmur of the crowd becomes an excited roar. the marksman inching d'Artagnan backward.DAY 153 Pandemonium.. Porthos and Aramis exchange a smile. d'Artagnan summons up the strength of three -.DAY 155 154 D'Artagnan scrambles up through the trapdoor.and shoves the marksman backward with a resounding kick. and prepare to rush the long line of Guards protecting the doors. they fight hand-to-hand. Porthos. Utilizing the bell ropes like a fireman's pole. Musketeers appear from every direction. The marksman forces d'Artagnan toward the edge of the tower. inside and outside the Palace. Three men against a hundred. certain death behind him. and Aramis. something incredible happens. and plunges to his death. There's a faint CRASH as the marksman hits bottom. Two hundred feet to the ground below. But then. A hundred sabers flash in the sunlight. It is a glorious sight.. 153 INT. The marksman stumbles. and face the long line of Guards. They raise their arms. LOUVRE . BELL TOWER . It's ridiculous. CUT TO: . The Guards cannot believe what they are seeing. subtly at first. 154 THEIR POV Behind Athos. Porthos. Others appear on horseback. the looks on Guards' faces begin to change. Athos keeps his usually dour expression. The corps of Musketeers line up behind Athos. a few disguised as monks. CUT TO: 155 EXT. Some from the surrounding crowd. from amusement to horror. D'Artagnan peers down the shaft. and Aramis emerge from the crowd at the entrance. falls through the open trapdoor. d'Artagnan grabs hold and slides down into the abyss. and tackles the marksman. and Aramis. draw their swords.128. Porthos. And at the last moment. rooftops. Athos. Some from buildings. They remain deadlocked for a beat.
assumes an air of priestly innocence. (CONTINUED) 157 . revealing a tide of Musketeers on the other side. press their bodies against the door to secure it. and Aramis at the lead. The members of the King's royal court run in panicked circles. GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . too. But one last BOOM and the great DOOR comes CRASHING down on the Guards. Louis has witnessed the latter. LOUIS (to Anne) Get behind me. speaks stern command: LOUIS Leave us. To die for her if necessary.. His eyes narrow to mean slits. That's when a loud BOOM rocks the room. treason confirmed. Rochefort instructs his Guards to close the huge door to the great hall. Constance pauses amid the riot. He steps to Anne. Another BOOM and the great hall is plunged into further chaos. convinced the palace is under seige. prepared to protect his Queen. he gestures toward Louis and Anne across the room.DAY 156 Pandemonium reigns. alone. Athos. Rochefort takes confident steps toward the King. Kill her. BOOM -. But Richelieu has found her first. Porthos. RICHELIEU (a cold whisper) Kill him..129. 156 INT.the great door threatens to split in half. seeks the Queen. 157 ANOTHER ANGLE The great door shudders under the impact of a terrific blow. The regiment of Guards rush forward. RICHELIEU Your Majesty.. Richelieu huddles with Rochefort amid the rising panic. He advances on Louis and Anne.. But Louis steps INTO VIEW. puts a protecting arm around his wife. Rochefort draws d'Artagnan's sword from its sheath. He raises his own sword.
shouts: CONSTANCE Look out! Anne looks up. love. But Athos soon gains the upper hand.. fights side by side with his Musketeers. brings it down on the head of the hapless Guard. Rochefort turns. he staggers. Now it's two on one. Constance tosses the goblet to her. Rochefort grabs a dagger from his belt with his free hand. then returns to battle. he grabs the treaty. Athos shakes off the sudden pain. 158 BATTLE Musketeers surround Louis and Anne to ward off attack. sees Athos charging at him. But Athos merely changes sword hands. and continue. admiration. She grabs a heavy goblet. Louis pauses to return her gaze. Rochefort shouts to a nearby Guard for help. and the great hall is transformed into a battlefield. 157 CONTINUED: 157 Louis breaks into a wide grin. Respect. Athos wounded. The two Musketeers pause to exchange deadpan thanks. disposes of the Guard. leaps forward. The Musketeers wade into the Guards. She sees a Guard slip behind a curtain. Anne catches it neatly. approach the Queen. Rochefort and Athos face each other a second time. Monsieur Cyclops. Aramis cuts down a Guard. As another man comes at him from behind. (CONTINUED) 158 Are . Their SABERS CLASH as they draw together.. ATHOS Greetings. and the treaty falls from his tunic to the floor.. It is a mighty confrontation.130. Athos and Rochefort lock swords and duel. Constance smiles. Rochefort confident he can finish the injured Musketeer. and smashes Rochefort across the face with his fist. Rochefort reacts with a start. we interrupting? ROCHEFORT Not for long. He wades to the fore. stuffs it into his doublet. Porthos intervenes. Athos receives a wound in the shoulder. Rochefort reacts.. runs the man through. Constance dashes through the fray. Anne watches him with a host of emotions. But the young King has no intention of being protected. Athos and Rochefort slash at each other. But Athos sees it coming.
D'Artagnan stoops to pick up his long-lost sword. ARAMIS Kill him where he 158 These are d'Artagnan's words. He will not intervene.. He tosses his other saber to Rochefort. stands.131. D'ARTAGNAN This sword belongs to me. Athos watches from a short distance. 159 . slashing at each other. He loses his sword. But most of all. 159 ANGLE TO INCLUDE CHAMBER A FIRE ROARS in a great stone hearth. Father. eyes blazing. Then. D'Artagnan wonders.. he died on the end of my sword. whispers to heaven. 158 CONTINUED: Rochefort goes sprawling. Rochefort looks up. A son vowing to avenge the death of his father. D'ARTAGNAN (stunned by the revelation as it unfolds) What. and sees d'Artagnan standing on the blade.. who catches it neatly. it slides across the floor until someone's foot stops it. Its light projects giant shadows on the wall as d'Artagnan and Rochefort duel. D'ARTAGNAN This is for you. d'Artagnan attacks Rochefort with everything he's got. ROCHEFORT By all means... D'Artagnan raises his sword. (the final curse) As will you.? ROCHEFORT He died for his King and for France. And as foolish. But he shouts: D'Artagnan. driving him into an adjoining chamber. knows this moment belongs to d'Artagnan.. Rochefort confirms. Let's discover if you are as brave a man as your father was. Rochefort smiles a taunt.
D'ARTAGNAN Take it back. King Louis fighting beside them.. sweat covers their faces. Undaunted. And hisses with superior disdain: ROCHEFORT One thing's certain.. He pins him there.. But d'Artagnan remembers Athos' advice. throws d'Artagnan against a wall. He attacks with gusto. sees Richelieu kneeling at Rochefort's body.. dead. Rochefort stumbles backward.. Rochefort means to finish him there. So he drives a knee into d'Artagnan's groin. Rochefort wears a wolfish grin. mistaken.. have been. extracting the treaty from his doublet. Rochefort crumples to the floor. But d'Artagnan rolls away from the blade. he hurls himself at his hated opponent.? ROCHEFORT I might. Rochefort's grin soon turns toward desperation. 161 D'ARTAGNAN AND ROCHEFORT 161 160 They battle before the blazing fire.. That's when he hears the RUSTLE of a SILKEN ROBE. His father's death finally avenged." He shoves a thumb into Rochefort's good eye. He cannot match the boy's vengeful steel. D'Artagnan plunges his sword into Monsieur Cyclops's heart. leaps back to his feet. You're no Musketeer.. D'ARTAGNAN No!! Richelieu smiles. "Always find your enemy's weakness. D'Artagnan looks at Rochefort's blood on his sword. and dives after to retrieve it.132. But d'Artagnan has learned his lessons well. hurls the treaty into the blazing fireplace. (CONTINUED) . Rochefort sidesteps. and Aramis take the fight to the Cardinal's Guards. Each with his by-now familiar tradmarks. As the flames begin to lick at the parchment paper. D'Artagnan pivots. d'Artagnan flies past the Cardinal. 160 GREAT HALL Athos. stunning the youth. D'Artagnan falls to the floor. Porthos.
I'm the (CONTINUED) . covered with soot.. RICHELIEU You can't do this to me. He fumes. Porthos. GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . LOUIS And so.DAY 162 161 A short time later.133. clutching the treaty. I am clearly the victim of a conspiracy designed and perpetuated by these three Musketeers. But Louis continues with quiet authority. ON d'Artagnan's look of triumph. Musketeers close in around the Cardinal.. On the dais. D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers stand nearby. protests. that document is an obvious forgery. and as a man. just a trace of humor. A beat. the Musketeers) -. As all wonder if Richelieu will manage to elude blame after all. Richelieu assumes a trustworthy pose. As King. The battle is over. affecting both France and the crown.. one familiar to both King and Queen.. and Aramis enter the room. until such time as I and my advisors -(gestures toward Anne. D'Artagnan stumbles out of the fireplace. Your Eminence.. CUT TO: 162 INT. I invite you to await our decision in the comfort of. guarded by several Musketeers. Louis holds the recovered treaty in his hands. LOUIS This is a complicated matter. The Musketeers have won.can determine the whole truth of the matter. RICHELIEU Your Majesty.. He grins. the Bastille. Louis and Anne confront Richelieu who is a prisoner now. 161 CONTINUED: Athos. Cardinal of France.
I'll be keeping an eye on you. The King wonders. d'Artagnan.134. the Queen smiles.. I'll Richelieu smiles his crocodile smile. PORTHOS His name's d'Artagnan. Sire. Your Eminence. Shouts of "Long live the King! Long live the King!" 162 LOUIS And as King. D'Artagnan's heart pounds as he draws closer to King and Queen. Louis turns to the Musketeers. I hereby reinstate the Musketeers. he turns and strides away. hands clasped behind his back. He indicates d'Artagnan. too. be watching you. A tremendous cheer is heard from all... scarlet robes billowing behind him. RICHELIEU Congratulations. He pauses in front of d'Artagnan. 162 CONTINUED: LOUIS (never more certain) And I am its King.. D'ARTAGNAN I have something that belongs to . LOUIS Is this the young man who saved my life? Porthos puts a hand on d'Artagnan's shoulder. reaches into his doublet.. Richelieu is led from the room. Your Majesty. LOUIS Approach. He holds it out to her. Monsieur d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan produces the bracelet he found on the country road. (CONTINUED) . D'ARTAGNAN (unphased) Thank you.. Followed by guards. Then he remembers. And turns to the Queen.
Constance kisses him on the cheek. Louis continues: LOUIS D'Artagnan. Those who dedicate their lives to truth. charges between. I am in your debt. filled with danger.. the promise of romance. But the bracelet does not belong to me. Whatever your heart desires. d'Artagnan. his heart has only one desire. INTO VIEW. Honor undermined by the pursuit of gold. What can I do to repay the courage you've shown me? Anything. D'Artagnan looks at Athos. Louis lays the blade of his sword on each of his shoulders. unable to ask for it. Athos asks for him. LOUIS Then kneel. honor. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces. To become a Musketeer. thankful for the intercession. D'Artagnan and Constance lock eyes for the third time. Freedom sacrificed when the weak are oppressed by the strong. 162 CONTINUED: (2) ANNE Thank you. LOUIS The world is an uncertain realm. The thrill of recognition. But he is tongue-tied. That such a life is not just possible. Anne indicates Constance. (off his look) It belongs to her. (CONTINUED) 162 ... As a country. d'Artagnan. as a King.135. D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan slips the bracelet around her wrist. ATHOS Majesty. and freedom. They are a constant reminder to all of us. D'Artagnan knows what he wants. but necessary to our continued survival.. These men are known as the Musketeers. who steps forward. Truth despoiled by broken promises. D'Artagnan drops to his knees. Louis answers with pleasure.
Athos. Porthos. his first encounters with Athos. Porthos... wonders aloud. and Aramis. PORTHOS His lips. (CONTINUED) They're not so Who. sure themselves. But what exactly does a Musketeer do? Porthos and Aramis exchange a glance. PORTHOS Truth. PORTHOS Do my eyes deceive me? ARAMIS I find it hard to believe myself.. countless images rush through his mind. BELLS RING in the distance.. of all who know him.. into a smile. to the surprise . unused as they are to such a contortion. tears gleam in her eyes. And join them. D'ARTAGNAN I know this is a stupid question.. Constance smiles brightly.. smiles. and Aramis surround their young friend. their adventures together. d'Artagnan. They slip the tunic over d'Artagnan's head. Aramis. Porthos. D'Artagnan basks in their company.. Constance and Queen Anne on the country road. ARAMIS It was spectacular.. D'Artagnan closes his eyes. His home in Gascony. And what teeth. and happily present him with the bright blue tunic of the Musketeers. LOUIS Rise. For each has given him gifts more valuable than gold. Musketeer. D'Artagnan hugs each of the three. transformed from boy to man. 162 CONTINUED: (3) 162 As Louis speaks. twisted and stretched. react with a cheer. Athos. the face of Milady.136.. and last. D'Artagnan stands. honor. It's been a busy week. ARAMIS (helpfully suggests a third) And freedom.
FADE OUT.137.. and clash blades together. D'ARTAGNAN All for one. make that the four Musketeers -. 163 162 THE END .raise their swords. causing them to give off sparks. 162 CONTINUED: (4) PORTHOS Weren't you listening? 163 HIGH ANGLE The Three Musketeers -. The curtain falls. And one for all!! MUSIC SOARS... OTHERS .no..
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