The Three Musketeers

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January 5, 1993


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

Girard finally surrendered a compliment. muddy and soaked. Heraldic emblems upon the wall.. triumphant.cut to ribbons.. CUT TO: 8 INT.DAY D'Artagnan steps through the country manor. (CONTINUED) . calls out: D'ARTAGNAN Mother. 5 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Thank you... chatter8 7 6 5 D'ARTAGNAN Did you see us? You heard us. peers at the shape of his clothing -.? D'Artagnan comes upon an open door. ing proudly as he goes.. CUT TO: 6 EXT.HANDSOME WOMAN'S POV . D'Artagnan continues. Mother. Girard struggles upward.. I'll bet. though I almost had to kill him to get it. 9 INCLUDE FATHER'S STUDY 9 A Spartan interior. races off without another word. a small room beyond.. D'ARTAGNAN'S HOME . He pauses.. Sadness too. then steps inside. GIRARD And god have mercy on whomever you meet next.DAY D'Artagnan races across the green fields. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE She stands at the open window. GASCONY . watches his coltish high steps with love. sir.? But he does not see her.3. D'Artagnan leaps to his feet. souvenirs from battles won and lost.

9 CONTINUED: 9 A piece of parchment. MOTHER Your father was a proud man. sits in a large wooden chair. holds the sword out to him. She rises. MOTHER (HANDSOME WOMAN) Sit down. his will to fight. D'ARTAGNAN Didn't you hear me? Girard -MOTHER Sit. You have your father's heart. She turns back to him. That is why he dedicated his life to his country and his King. MOTHER It's time for you find your fortune with men as brave and as bold as you are. D'ARTAGNAN (quiet. But these gifts have no value unless they are given. the Handsome Woman. A beat. in a place of honor. D'Artagnan sighs. His mother speaks quietly. Below it. With the King's Musketeers. I never knew one as brave or as kind. (CONTINUED) . on it the words: "All For One. And he had a right to be. his courage. eyes turned back to the open chest. In Paris. d'Artagnan's mother. carefully extracts a beautiful saber. She reaches into the chest. for both.4. (re: sword) You'll need this. and One For All. MOTHER I watched you this morning and saw someone I knew." And. kneels at an open chest. That is why he gave his life. He knew that his strength was a gift to be given in the service of honor. a worn blue and gold tunic. moved) Father's sword.

GASCONY . MOTHER Never submit to insults. MOTHER Never run from a fight.. his traveling satchel attached to the saddle. I'm speaking for your father. takes it firmly into his hands. 9 CONTINUED: (2) MOTHER Forged in the Crusades. she holds out the beautiful saber.. D'ARTAGNAN And now to me. MOTHER And now to you. D'ARTAGNAN I won't. from the King. Mother and son stand in the vast expanse. handed from generation to generation. D'Artagnan 9 With that. Yes. D'Artagnan can't help it. CUT TO: 10 EXT. son.. D'ARTAGNAN Never. D'Artagnan holds a restless horse by the reins.DAY 10 A huge and beautiful field appropriate to the moment.. His mother smiles as she repeats. (CONTINUED) Except . Never forget the code of the d'Artagnans. And this is what he would have told you. MOTHER I'm not your mother now. It is your special heritage. youthful innocence. D'ARTAGNAN I will. his eager reply leavens the nobility of the moment with warm humor.5. (beat) Always seek out adventure.

D'ARTAGNAN But what am I running from? MOGHER (gentle humor) A shrew of a mother. D'Artganan's mother smiles. Horsemanship. feels a gathering of tears. His mother smiles. Now go. He manages a charmed grin. D'ARTAGNAN Mother. D'Artagnan struggles to gain control. DISSOLVE TO: 11 . A bittersweet moment. His Mother shields her eyes from the sun. D'ARTAGNAN Got it. scolds: MOTHER And for heaven's sake. And in this fashion. 10 CONTINUED: MOTHER And be wary of Cardinal Richelieu for he rules France through the King. D'Artagnan sweeps his Mother into an embrace. understands. heroic. finally brings the horse to rein. and watches him ride into the distance. skitters in a half-cicle. shoots off across bright green fields. and a drafty old house. she releases him. D'Artagnan digs his heels into the horse's flanks. And speaks 10 MOTHER You've heard that every man in the Musketeers is on the run from someone or something? Yes.6. Until after harvest. 11 HIGH ANGLE D'Artagnan's flight toward a new world. D'Artagnan posed before his first great adventure. gently to urge him forward. now turns. But not completely certain that he wishes to leave home. and leaps into the saddle. Maybe I should wait. practice your horsemanship. The horse reacts with a start.

DE ROCHEFORT. 12 EMBLEM OF KING'S MUSKETEERS 12 It FILLS the SCREEN. it is instantly consumed. est swordsmen the emblem to a tall. The Musketeers remain stoic throughout. hands over his own musket.. Jussac hastily adds the emblem to the fiery blaze. (CONTINUED) 14 . As the FINAL CREDIT APPEARS. The latter is supervised by the Cardinal's Guards. The fallen emblem is retrieved by JUSSAC. the blade of a sword ENTERS FRAME. elegant wraith in a patch covers one eye. and the MUSIC ENDS. It slides beneath the emblem. ROCHEFORT Throw it on the fire with everything else. A fire blazes in a huge hearth behind it. JUSSAC But this is the emblem of the Musketeers. ROCHEFORT The Musketeers no longer exist. unwilling to reveal the depth of their despair. Rochefort watches it burn. one of the deadliin all of France. pries it off the wall. MONSIEUR DE TREVILLE forces a salute toward the captain of the Cardinal's Guards. funereal silence as a hundred Musketeers remove their blue and gold tunics. then walks to a balcony overlooking a vast courtyard. 14 INCLUDE COURTYARD Grim. who view their hated enemies' plight with satisfaction.7. This is a sad day for the Musketeers. 13 INCLUDE MUSKETEERS' HEADQUARTERS 13 A room in the Musketeers Headquarters. Or haven't you heard? (cold command) Throw it on the fire. an officer who wears the bright red tunic of the Cardinal's Guards.. the end of an era. drop them into a pile that already contains their swords and muskets. JUSSAC What should I do with this? Jussac offers black finery. The emblem falls to the floor with an undignified thud. serves as background for the MAIN TITLES. This is the COUNT Richelieu's right hand.

And on each the same expression -... He revels in it. Muttered curses and dissent throughout. Until that time. Rochefort is not intimidated by this sea of contempt. de Treville's commanding voice calls out above the clamor.absolute loathing for the man in black. the entire corps will be arrested and imprisoned. and one for all. 14 This Rochefort watches from above. (with pleasure and disdain) 'All for one. your ranks and commissions are hereby transferred to the Infantry. He steps to the railing. the Musketeers are officially disbanded. ROCHEFORT Musketeers. DE TREVILLE (shouting to Rochefort) And who will protect the King? ROCHEFORT The Cardinal's Guards are more than capable of assuming that.. But before they can attack the Guards. responsibility. ROCHEFORT By joint edict of His Majesty King Louis XIII and His Eminence Cardinal Richelieu. A hundred faces turn upward to regard him. You will be contacted and told where to report. the Musketeers explode. his voice to be heard: Rochefort raises ROCHEFORT You are hereby ordered to disperse.8. 14 CONTINUED: Treville is the respected leader of the Musketeers. is the saddest moment of all..' As Rochefort intended. Should even one of you resist. (CONTINUED) . In preparation for the coming war with England.. addresses the men below.. a cruel smile twists his lips. you are instructed to return to your homes.

RICHELIEU Have they all been accounted for? ROCHEFORT (hedging) All but. Rochefort turns. Their eyes go to de Treville. the Musketeers freeze. past and present.. DE TREVILLE Go to your homes. He goes to a mirror and preens. adjusting his eye patch to a more rakish angle. powerfully built MAN stands in the shadows of the room. 14 CONTINUED: (2) DE TREVILLE Musketeers! And with that. ARMAND DU PLEISS THE CARDINAL RICHELIEU steps out of the darkness and into the light. 15 ROCHEFORT 15 14 He returns to the adjoining room where Jussac stands by. Something red. Rochefort has enjoyed himself immensely. de Treville leads his Musketeers out of the courtyard. His face is long. Our day will come again.. a flicker of irritation. his long crimson robes swirling about him like clouds of blood. shrewd and intelligent. There is a moment of silence as de Treville chooses his words carefully. Richelieu observes a duty roster on one of the walls. His eyes are penetrating. Then.9. It contains the names of all the Musketeers. ROCHEFORT Your Eminence. That's when he catches a glimpse of something behind him. De Treville shoots a defiant look at Rochefort who smiles in a patronizing manner. de Treville is stoic. On Richelieu's face. a tall. a spectre in red. Rochefort and Jussac instantly fall to their knees. Even in defeat. He smiles his crocodile smile. RICHELIEU Three? (CONTINUED) . Wait. three.

song -. bruised and bloody. RICHELIEU I want those Musketeers. Porthos lets go of the Guard who plunges to the street with a dull thud. Bring them in at once. women. But wait. (CONTINUED) 17 16 15 . and two of the Cardinal's Guards are flung into the street... Jussac darkens. CUT TO: 16 EXT. A group of the Cardinal's Guards is seated around a big table littered with flagons and bottles. There's something wrong with this picture. the aftermath of a violent fight. The tavern door flies open. They sit at the head of the table. not excuses. Presiding over the "celebration" are two Musketeers. On closer inspection. relaxing with their boots up. The Dead Rat. Porthos ducks inside. signals his men. BOULEVARD OF CRIME . and they rush toward the tavern. They react to SHOUTING and VIOLENT NOISES coming from a tavern 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. 17 INT. and a big Musketeer dangles a struggling Guard by his feet. But for now. They are all bruised and bloody. 15 CONTINUED: JUSSAC (speaking up) I sent a patrol to find them but it hasn't returned yet. The Musketeer. It appears the Gruards are celebrating a victory. On the floor around them are their swords and rifles. threatening to drop him into the street. Jussac shouts: JUSSAC Release that man!! Happy to called PORTHOS. Some are unconscious.DAY Jussac leads a regiment of the Cardinal's Gruards down Paris' most colorful and notorious street. TAVERN Jussac and his company burst in and discover the room in a shambles. with a wink and a piratical grin. Then. The one called.10. a man of enormous appetites -. all is calm.

Athos and Aramis exchange that any way to greet our guests? Aramis leaps to his feet and bows graciously. Come in. ARAMIS Or the Cardinal. ARAMIS Don't be shy.also its most mysterious and tortured. the most handsome and dashing of the Musketeers -. he's sewing up a nasty gash on his right arm. ATHOS The Cyclops is a Captain? He must've made a pact with the Devil. ATHOS What's the difference? (CONTINUED) He is the . the Musketeers' deadliest and most charismatic member -. gentlemen. 17 CONTINUED: 17 One of them casually cleans his sword with a lace handkerchief. JUSSAC Your presence is requested at Musketeer Headquarters by Captain Rochefort. their planner and strategist. His companion is ATHOS. At the moment.a poet and idealist -. Athos is the unofficial leader of the Three Musketeers. epitome of politeness.a gentleman of great personal charm and style. Your friends have been expecting you. ARAMIS Athos -. He is ARAMIS. JUSSAC (approaching) What is this? Athos greets him with a dark smile.11. Go away. Jussac is not amused. ATHOS A private party.

only Jussac has been spared. With a sweeping gesture. His weight causes the chains suspending it to break. It would be impolite.12. But I'll leave it up to my companions. Porthos is balancing on the balcony rail above. Porthos? To the Guards' surprise. With a whoop of pleasure. Aramis? ARAMIS We can't refuse Rochefort's invitation. Athos tips back in his chair and gazes upward. ATHOS These gentlemen made a similar request. Jussac takes a step forward. Porthos rides the chandelier down as it lands squarely atop Jussac's Guards. PORTHOS I'll be right down! With the grace of an aerialist. 17 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS (with an edge of contempt) The Devil is more ethical than the Cardinal. He looks on in disbelief as Porthos extricates himself from the wreckage and calmly brushes his clothes off. squashing them. Athos indicates the bloody Guards around him. Porthos jumps from the balcony and lands atop the chandelier. fingering his saber. just about even with a large wagon wheel chandelier. (CONTINUED) 17 . ATHOS And what do you say. JUSSAC You're instructed to come with me and surrender your tunics. When the dust clears. JUSSAC Are you refusing to come peaceably? ATHOS Probably.

he clambers up the trunk of a nearby tree and climbs out on a branch that overhangs the road. d'Artagnan leaps from his horse. threatening look.DAY 18 D'Artagnan. 19 D'ARTAGNAN His heroic blood stirs. Athos fixes Jussac with a dark. Athos and Aramis sheathe their swords. its steeples and towers rising to meet the sky. 17 CONTINUED: (3) PORTHOS (to Athos and Aramis. ARAMIS Congratulations. 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. cheerful) Ready when you are. He mutters as if to curse: JUSSAC Musketeers. I was trying to hit Jussac.. Now. Paris is a magical place where the wildest of dreams can come true. For a country boy like d'Artagnan.13. 19 . Porthos. You 17 PORTHOS My aim was off. Quickly formulating a plan. Women in danger! As the women GALLOP past. Jussac turns to watch Athos. CUT TO: 18 EXT.. ATHOS About those tunics. on horseback. What he beholds is Paris as it looked in the early part of the Seventeenth Century. Porthos. pauses on a bluff overlooking the magnificent city on the Seine. brought down the house. HIGH ROAD TO PARIS . and Aramis step to the street. put on their hats. 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.

a beautiful darkhaired girl in her late teens. knocking him out of the saddle. 20 ANGLE As the two riders pass underneath. out of breath. then d'Artagnan. Her name is CONSTANCE. Two down. Constance remains. The man lands with a painful thud at d'Artagnan's feet. The rider draws his saber. Before he can recover. One swift punch -. D'ARTAGNAN The Queen? Constance points a finger in Anne's direction.14. d'Artagnan is upon him with flying fists. D'Artagnan stands over his two victims. He catches the second rider's arm and yanks him right out of the saddle. D'Artagnan dodges the horse and the sword. D'Artagnan is stunned.and the second rider is senseless. CONSTANCE If I were you. Anne regards the two men on the ground. Her name is ANNE. CONSTANCE These 'bandits' are the Queen's own bodyguards. She shakes her head. Her companion is roughly the same age. One down. charging d'Artagnan. These men are going to be very angry when they wake up. D'Artagnan scrambles to his feet as the second rider reverses direction and GALLOPS back. but greatly pleased with his performance. laughs with delight and rides off. CONSTANCE Do you have any idea what you've done? D'ARTAGNAN I've saved you and your friend from these bandits. She smiles down at d'Artagnan from atop her horse. d'Artagnan leaps into space and tackles one of them. titan-haired and equally beautiful. The first woman is of noble breeding. (CONTINUED) 20 . The rider hits the ground and is knocked senseless. He looks up as the two women ride back to see what's happened. I'd make myself scarce.

.. With a guilty smile.. sees something that takes his breath away. but a very handsome one. D'ARTAGNAN (calling after her) You didn't tell me your 20 Wait! name! But Constance is gone. Constance smiles at him. . Constance spurs her horse and rides off to catch up with Anne. I thought. d'Artagnan. CONSTANCE You're a very foolish boy. CUT TO: 21 EXT. feeling like a prize idiot.. D'ARTAGNAN The man who attacked you. 20 CONTINUED: D'Artagnan looks at the two bodyguards who are beginning to recover. COUNTRY ROAD 21 D'Artagnan rides to the top of the ridge. went that way.. her eyes twinkling. feeling foolish and oddly thrilled at the same time. He picks it up and. Then he looks up at Constance.. CONSTANCE Do you have a name? D'ARTAGNAN D'Artagnan. A bright reflection catches d'Artagnan's eye. Good-bye. He looks down and sees a gleaming bracelet.. The two bodyguards groan and grumble. D'Artagnan stands in the middle of the road. stops suddenly.15. d'Artagnan spurs his horse and rides like Hell.... (pointing in the opposite direction) . D'ARTAGNAN I didn't know.

cloaked in mystery. Like a magician. He finds another in his boot and another up his sleeve. CUT TO: 23 INT. Tunics? PORTHOS Coming right up. I know. He drops it on the ground. digs into a pocket and takes out another. Three witnesses stood against me. Rochefort enters from behind an archway. ARAMIS Conduct Unbecoming a Musketeer. It was the day you were kicked out of the Musketeers. he keeps pulling red tunics out of the most bizarre places. They pull them out and drop them into the growing pile. promising adventure and romance. Aramis. Athos and Aramis have a few guard tunics themselves. 22 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV Paris laid out for him like a jewel.16. and Porthos sweep into the now deserted courtyard.DAY Athos. Musketeers. There's one in his hat. ATHOS I was trying to remember the last time I saw you here.the last thing they expected -stops them in their tracks. MUSKETEER HEADQUARTERS . (CONTINUED) . Wasn't that the charge? ROCHEFORT You ought to know. 23 22 Porthos reaches inside his cloak and takes out a crumpled red tunic he took from one of the Cardinal's guards. D'Artagnan watches the women as they ride into the fabled city in the distance. Silence -. haunted by the ghosts of generations of Musketeers. Porthos is visibly distraught. ROCHEFORT I'll take those tunics. PORTHOS (to Aramis) What did he say? ARAMIS He said he'll take those tunics. The place is a cemetery. He follows.

ROCHEFORT You are hereby ordered to surrender your commissions and make yourselves available for reassignment in the King's Army. who has remained silent. 23 CONTINUED: ATHOS It was the least we could do. From enemies across the sea. speaks with quiet power: ATHOS Do that. But not here. men. Hunted 23 PORTHOS It doesn't matter where I go or what I do. The bitter memory hangs in the air for a moment. PORTHOS Same thing. ARAMIS France has one King too many. Rochefort lobs a taunt. Tell his Emminence the Cardinal that we will continue to perform our sworn duty to protect the King. He's familiar with Porthos' propensity for tall tales. Athos turns back to the balcony.' Athos cuts him off with a look. ROCHEFORT Are you refusing to serve your King? ARAMIS We are refusing to serve the Cardinal. ROCHEFORT I'll tell him you said that. Rochefort. not now. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .17. these days. ATHOS And if we refuse? ROCHEFORT You will become outlaws. Sooner or later somebody's calling me 'outlaw. Athos.

disappears into the shadows. PORTHOS Well. fair. But I can't promise he'll be pleased. The Musketeers regard each other..18. ARAMIS Citizens of France. I suppose we'll have to get our affairs in order. our muskets. ATHOS The three Musketeers. Musketeers. if we're going to be outlaws. 23 CONTINUED: (2) ATHOS (CONT'D) From traitors who sit at his right hand. Rochefort picks it up with 23 ROCHEFORT I'll make sure His Emminence the Cardinal gets the message. And to plan our new lives. even our swords. And that is all that remains. ARAMIS When it comes to you and women. But he cannot stop us from being what we are. (off their looks) To celebrate. ATHOS (interrupts) We'll meet at the Columbier-Rouge at sundown. beat. Rochefort steps back.. glee. The gauntlet has been thrown. And tell him that he can take away our tunics. PORTHOS Outlaws. ARAMIS Are you going to visit them alphabetically or in order of preference? PORTHOS Alphabetically seems. fairness rarely applies. (CONTINUED) A .

. LAUGHTER and MUSIC drift from taverns and public houses... looking around) Where are they? Where are the Musketeers? I'm in the right place. and Aramis step in different directions. D'ARTAGNAN But this is Musketeer Headquarters.19. D'ARTAGNAN (in a panic.. A country boy happily stunned by the sights. (CONTINUED) . 25 ATHOS 25 He crosses the courtyard to a large wooden door. and jugglers perform on street corners. But as he reaches for the handle. puppeteers. Porthos. D'ARTAGNAN (as he enters) Look out! ATHOS (wincing in pain) Aaarrgghh. He sees the exterior of the Musketeer Headquarters. STREETS OF PARIS . Colorful vendors and pedestrians move along the crowded boulevard. sounds. Merchants gossip and call to each other from shop doors. Acrobats. D'Artagnan views it all with great enthusiasm. the door flies open and smacks him in his injured arm. and smells of the city. Athos is wearing his cape in such a way that it hides his Musketeer tunic. 23 CONTINUED: (3) 23 Athos. wow! The future belongs to him. aren't I? ATHOS (through gritted teeth) Not as far as I'm concerned.DAY 24 D'Artagnan rides through the streets of Paris. CUT TO: 24 EXT. D'Artagnan has no idea who he's dealing with...

Now if you'll excuse me. D'ARTAGNAN What do you mean 'disbanded'? ATHOS Some nonsense about being needed in the army. fixes d'Artagnan with a deadly look.. D'ARTAGNAN You mean it's been moved? ATHOS I mean the Musketeers have been disbanded.but I'll meet you at the Carmes-Deshaux monastery at noon. D'ARTAGNAN (calling after him) I'll be there ten minutes early. eyes flashing at the possibility of a duel. Athos. stifling pain.20. D'ARTAGNAN Any time.. D'Artagnan grabs Athos by his injured arm. Feel free to poke around for souvenirs. How can I become a Musketeer if they've been disbanded? ATHOS I'd say you've got a problem. ATHOS You could use a lesson in manners. D'Artagnan blocks Athos' path. ATHOS I'm in a hurry now -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 25 . 25 CONTINUED: ATHOS No. D'Artagnan touches his sword. This was Musketeer Headquarters. Athos exits. D'ARTAGNAN But I just got here.

27 ANOTHER ANGLE 27 26 25 reveals Porthos leaning against an open window. But he takes two quick steps. his rogue's grin. D'Artagnan doesn't notice. She dabs a tear from her eye. speaking amiably to a pretty woman on the other side. He dashes through a muddy puddle -. he means to continue his pursuit on foot. Catherine.DAY START CLOSE ON Porthos. blocking the lane. and I already have my first duel! Just then. Fellow travelers shout complaints. though he does not yet know their names. PORTHOS But. and speeds after the ladies on horseback. runs directly into Porthos' outstretched hand. a refugee. CUT TO: 26 EXT. D'Artagnan hurries after. down a narrow lane. A man waits in the shadows to escort them. Anne and Constance. 28 ANGLE ON D'ARTAGNAN 28 Meanwhile. makes an obscene gesture. the cart driver shakes his head. STREETS OF PARIS . Think of all the places you can hide me. the twinkle in his eye.21. distinctive cloaks hiding their faces. a huge cart loaded with wine barrels has rolled INTO VIEW.. It's a Seventeenth Century traffic jam.spraying foul water all over Porthos where he stands. D'Artagnan leaps off his horse.. and. tie their horses. (CONTINUED) . d'Artagnan races around another corner. I'm thinking of them now. D'Artagnan sees Anne and Constance dismount in the distance. don't you see? As an outlaw I'll be constantly on the run from the Cardinal's guards. and step into an alley. manages a nod. d'Artangnan spies two familiar figures on horseback. 25 CONTINUED: (2) D'ARTAGNAN (CONT'D) (to himself) An hour in Paris.

PORTHOS (to pretty woman) Madame Augustine. Porthos lets out a weary sigh.literally. PORTHOS (amused) I was? D'ARTAGNAN That seems to be the local custom. would you excuse me for a moment. D'Artagnan corrects. a unique and expensive sash. I'm in a hurry. 28 CONTINUED: D'Artagnan looks up -. D'ARTAGNAN There is no Queen of America. given Porthos' impressive stature -. (CONTINUED) 28 . PORTHOS It is a gift from the Queen of America. and you were about to challenge me to a duel. PORTHOS (not a glimmer of a grin) Do you know where this sash comes from? D'ARTAGNAN No.22. Porthos' righteous indignation is more impressive than his knowledge of current affairs. (back to d'Artagnan.and sees the Musketeer's muddied tunic. He shakes his head. muddied your sash. I'm going to kill him. now thoroughly soiled. where were we? D'ARTAGNAN (glancing at the ladies. ever the gentleman) Now. and worse. the Queen of America except there isn't one. the alley) I rode through a puddle.

.. rage.23.DAY D'Artagnan thinks he sees Anne and Constance. (CONTINUED) 29 . STREETS OF PARIS .. D'ARTAGNAN The great who? PORTHOS The great Porthos. runs down yet another alley. And does see them. D'ARTAGNAN Let me pass. races down the alley. it's always the same. The ladies enter a chapel's back door. some itchy punk who wants to go up against the great Porthos. you idiot. D'Artagnan flies after. close the door behind them. turns a corner. 28 CONTINUED: (2) PORTHOS Everywhere I go. rips the door open. skids across cobblestones. makes a hasty decision. and tumbles into a shadowy lane.. He stops.. and finds himself face to face with the man who has escorted Anne and Constance this far. PORTHOS Don't you know who I am? D'ARTAGNAN The world's greatest talker? Porthos couldn't be more insulted. (when d'Artagnan isn't impressed) Me. He sputters with 28 PORTHOS All right.. looks left and right. down a short street. D'Artagnan gives him a blank look. 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... There's always some kid who thinks he's hot with a sword.ALLEY .

D'ARTAGNAN No.24. Aramis has a book open and is reading from it. 29 CONTINUED: CARDINAL'S GUARD I'm afraid that's not possible. you've been enough help already. Aramis politely extricates himself. D'ARTAGNAN I must speak to those young women. ROOM PAN ACROSS the Virgin Mary and many lit candles to a BEAUTIFUL DAMSEL sharing a love seat with the third Musketeer. 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. (CONTINUED) 30 29 . He's not the least bit embarrassed. The Damsel suddenly grabs Aramis and kisses him on the mouth. ARAMIS Madam. only slightly amused. I'm flattered but I thought you wanted me to tutor you in theology. CARDINAL'S GUARD The young women do not wish to be spoken to. the dashing Aramis. GUARD I'll deliver it for you. CUT TO: 30 INT. GUARD (alert) What? D'ARTAGNAN A bracelet. D'ARTAGNAN I have something that belongs to the Queen.

He gets down on his Suddenly. But when you started talking about Original Sin. an irate MARQUIS enters with a pistol. I lost control and became impassioned.25.S. DAMSEL Yes. darling! The Damsel attacks him again. His eyes blaze with madness. Open up! DAMSEL (a gasp of fear) My husband! ARAMIS Your husband!? DAMSEL Aramis -. We should feel free to express our spirituality. Aramis puts one foot on the ledge and leaps into space. 30 CONTINUED: DAMSEL Excuse me. As the Marquis aims and FIRES. ARAMIS There's nothing unholy about expressing one's emotions. Monsieur Aramis. God's often busy. He aims the pistol at Aramis' head. The shot misses him by inches. the door. ARAMIS On second thought. It won't happen again. Religion should be experienced in a! But Aramis' heart is too noble. a pounding on 30 MAN (O. Aramis leaps to his feet and sprints for the open window. . On the contrary. allembracing way.) ARAMIS First we must pray to God for forgiveness. knees. That's when the door bursts open and the lady's husband.

D'ARTAGNAN Three duels in one day. CUT TO: . D'ARTAGNAN (angry) Get off me! D'Artagnan pushes Aramis aside. Aramis takes off. D'ARTAGNAN I suppose you'd like to teach me a lesson in manners. D'Artagnan brightens. D'ARTAGNAN You fell on me! ARAMIS And I apologized for it. ARAMIS I'd be honored.. Aramis grabs d'Artagnan by the scruff of his neck and pulls him back.. too.. As they untangle themselves and get up.26. You broke my fall perfectly. 31 STREET BELOW As d'Artagnan runs past. d'Artagnan swells with pride. ARAMIS If there's one thing I can't abide. Until then. Another duel! 31 D'ARTAGNAN How's two o'clock behind the Luxembourg? Aramis bows politely. I love this town. it's rudeness... I won't disappoint you. ARAMIS If that's where you wish to die. ARAMIS Thanks. But I do apologize for the inconvenience. Aramis lands on top of him and they go crashing to the cobblestones..

you surprised me.? sure. Anne steps to the great map of the world. all alone in the big. An entire wall is covered with a spectacular map of the world. And for the first time.DAY The Royal Palace of Louis XIII. or rather. RICHELIEU How was your ride? Richelieu's question takes her by surprise. 33 INT. Barely a woman. 32 EXT. closing the doors with a resounding boom. drafty chamber... Cardinal Richelieu steps out of the darkness.DAY 33 32 Anne.) Your Majesty. Austria. chilled by the ghosts of all the French kings and queens who came before her. she looks and acts her age.. Twin thrones occupy a raised dais. Anne reacts with a start. ANNE Cardinal Richelieu. feels a pang of separation. a massive cathedral-like chamber.) Have you seen the King? SENESCHAL (V. RICHELIEU (rising up) Forgive me. She reaches out to touch her own country.. powerfully built man stands in the shadows.. LOUVRE . including the New World. THRONE ROOM . He bows before Anne.. We hear: MAN (O. I. she extends her hand. Your Majesty.) No. And a long way from home. The map contains every known country and continent. Anne pauses.O..O. Considering a reply. A tall. ANNE (V.S. The Cardinal kisses it. I'm not He smiles. The SENESCHAL exits.27. steps into the throne room.. a spectre in red. Queen Anne. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . My ride. ANNE Well.

33 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU (CONT'D) But your welfare is more than a matter of personal interest.28. Richelieu brings his eyes back to Anne. RICHELIEU He's young. But rest assured. your secret is safe with me. Richelieu turns to the great map. His manner is both charming and paternal. speaks gently. Your father and I thought yours would bring Austria and France closer together. 33 ANNE Mostly. RICHELIEU You're homesick. It is a matter of State. continues: RICHELIEU Austria's loss is France's gain. ANNE (after a beat) Lonely. Nonsense. he has nothing to say. ANNE Thank you. not blind. and that was three months ago. Is that the same thing? RICHELIEU Sometimes. Whenever he's around me. Anne. I've barely seen His Majesty since our wedding. he is absent. smart enough to exercise caution in all her palace dealings. is nonetheless touched by his concern. ANNE I'm not sure my new husband shares your opinion. (CONTINUED) . RICHELIEU Arranged marriages can be difficult.

nods assent. He is surprisingly young. formulates a reply. The Seneschal steps aside as LOUIS XIII enters. not condescension. the King. As Louis strides toward them.. Louis and I remain.. when the huge doors to the throne room open with a dull boom. He is shy. yet stubborn. (CONTINUED) Anne 33 . yet boastful.. RICHELIEU Your Majesty. ANNE But how can I. Or the King of France. seen the toll his life demands. 33 CONTINUED: (2) ANNE Countries align more swiftly than people. But most of all. Richelieu and Anne bow. He lost his childhood forever that day. far apart.. Anne considers his eloquent advice. The boy who lost his father. RICHELIEU Louis was only nine years old when his father was assassinated. His face is handsome and intelligent. no older than d'Artagnan. So that the King may be your husband. LOUIS Cardinal Richelieu... I have watched him grow toward manhood. RICHELIEU May I advise you? He says it with seeming humility. Make the boy feel like a King. Giving. the Seneschal chants: SENESCHAL His Majesty. he is not yet sure exactly who he is. I'm afraid. A boy who is not allowed to be a boy sometimes has difficulty becoming a man. I've been looking for you.29.? RICHELIEU Flatter him.

RICHELIEU Your Majesty. Anne. Louis hides his nervousness. RICHELIEU You approved the decision.. France is on the brink of war. LOUIS But these men are my personal guards. Hello. I demand an answer. We dare not hesitate. LOUIS I've just been told that you went ahead and disbanded my Musketeers. stay. he reacts with an almost imperceptible start. (to Richelieu.. aware that she is watching him) Your Eminence. (MORE) (CONTINUED) Determin- . 33 CONTINUED: (3) 33 When Louis sees Anne. RICHELIEU They are the bravest fighters in France. LOUIS But not the timing of the matter. emboldened by Richelieu's confidences. ation breeds a more capable attitude. No. Anne. replies: ANNE Would you like me to go? Louis suddenly remembers the reason he's here. LOUIS Oh.. Her presence catches him off guard. I didn't know you were here. I intended to address them myself. LOUIS Please. RICHELIEU (hiding his amusement) Perhaps if I knew the question.30.. behind a formal veneer.. explain the situation.. not to mention his love.

Louis sighs. LOUIS (hesitates. the door.. Richelieu receives the rebuke with quiet grace. A beat. She means it. For me. RICHELIEU Forgive me. The boy is nearer to King than Richelieu imagined. feeling out of place.. (CONTINUED) . I thought it best to act quickly -LOUIS I will be the judge of what is best. RICHELIEU Extremely.. help. steps toward LOUIS Are you all right? Anne? ANNE You two should continue this discussion in private. 33 Anne. 33 CONTINUED: (4) RICHELIEU (CONT'D) We'll need them in the field if we're to win this war with England.31. ANNE It seems to me that. LOUIS She's beautiful. and for France. suppresses a smile. Of course. exits. Buckingham plans to invade La Rochelle within the month. you're doing very well on your own. He says it with newfound resolve. RICHELIEU Very. LOUIS Intelligent. A tense beat.. seeks a reason for her to stay) Your thoughts on the matter interest me. They might. Anne watches the latter closely. Anne smiles.

RICHELIEU But don't worry. I'm sorry that I was sharp with you. A beat. speaking as a son: LOUIS Your Eminence. LOUIS The bravest man in France. As do all women who join beauty to intelligence.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) And Louis And the 33 .. into place. Richelieu acting as the lost father.. They're my friends too. no matter how you feel. 33 CONTINUED: (5) LOUIS (after a beat) Sometimes she scares me half to death. Let alone a King. and everything else will fall. I know. It's just that the Musketeers. Cardinal surprises with quiet humor: RICHELIEU She scares me too. RICHELIEU The course of love is full of frightful turns.. well. Make that your starting point...32.. What's a man to do? LOUIS (enjoying the Cardinal's humor) I have no idea. they're not just my guards. no matter how hopelessly afraid. RICHELIEU Good advice for a shopkeeper. Louis nods. never let her know that you are anything other than the bravest and most confident man in France. RICHELIEU May I advise you? Repetition reveals calculation. appreciating it.. But.

HOLD ON the Cardinal and Rochefort. and for a moment. D'Artagnan leaps from its path... lewd) She will receive me in ways she never thought possible. Suddenly. CUT TO: 35 EXT.DAY Richelieu bursts out of the Throne Room and is joined by Rochefort.) Get out of the way.33. Walking quickly down a long hallway. (CONTINUED) . bold and brave..DAY 35 34 33 D'Artagnan walks proudly toward the Carmes-Deschaux monastery. COACH DRIVER (O./EXT. RICHELIEU That foolish boy is about to become a man. 33 CONTINUED: (6) RICHELIEU (CONT'D) From now on. I'll take complete responsibility for your welfare. THRONE ROOM/HALLWAY . And barely that. Privately. idiot!! A speeding carriage bears down on him. (off Rochefort's look) Which is all the more reason for us to act. Indeed he will. stumbles.? RICHELIEU (he smiles. his future at hand. time seems to stop. quickly. watching the King and Queen below. ROCHEFORT He's a foolish boy.S. STREETS OF PARIS . CUT TO: 34 INT. knows what this portends) And the Queen. He looks up in time to see the passenger inside. ROCHEFORT (reacts..

from view. ARMAND But. 35 CONTINUED: 35 She is a noblewoman of remarkable beauty. The bodyguard glares. and watches his father cross toward Milady's house. snaps the reins. They are well-dressed. COUNT DE WINTER Wait here. She steps to the street.34. Parker follows. a brutallooking fellow. bewitched. The carriage.POV 37 REVEALS this to have been the POV of two men standing in the shadows across the street. incongruous in his elegant coachman's uniform. CUT TO: . D'Artagnan watches as if in a dream. and ARMAND DE WINTER. 37 ANOTHER ANGLE . She is to sex.DAY 36 A beautiful house situated near the Seine. Suddenly: a second face enters the carriage window.POV SHOT . She is known as MILADY DE WINTER.. Long blonde curly hair that cascades in ringlets to her shoulders.. the bodyguard departs on some errand. the dream. HOLD ON d'Artagnan. pulls at the carriage window curtains. taking Milady. After a brief spoken exchange. Armand sighs. It is the fierce visage of Milady's Indo-Chinese Bodyguard. his son. Paris wraps its arms around the young man's heart.SEINE . replacing hers. Father. STREETS OF PARIS . twenty-five. PARKER. COUNT DE WINTER Wait. Milady's carriage stops before it. as the CARRIAGE RUMBLES off into the city. what Constance is to innocence. jarring by contrast. languid blue eyes. fortyfive. HENRI. and guides the carriage away. stands in the shadows. and skin as white as alabaster. a kind face etched with sadness. CUT TO: 36 EXT. COUNT DE WINTER. He will not consider otherwise. the driver. Milady steps inside. the beautiful woman inside it. her face framed by the carriage window. But their manner and appearance suggests that they have traveled a long distance to find her.

MILADY And if I resist. She pauses to admire her beauty. eyes bright with excitement. replies: MILADY Well if that's the case.. The Count steps closer.. Milady. my hair. CUT TO: 39 EXT..? COUNT DE WINTER (voice breaking with emotion) I will kill you with my bare hands.. Now that you have. As she places the comb we notice a small flower-like tattoo on her arm. his eyes dark and cold. and steps across the street to enter. COUNT DE WINTER (as much happiness as the thought allows) We found you. 38 INT.35. then to see the image of Count de Winter. now standing behind her. I'd better start packing. who has been removing combs throughout. she smiles. the smile still playing about her lips. MILADY Count de Winter. MILADY'S HOUSE . close enough to touch. No sign of his father. But first. MILADY'S HOUSE . and. To pay for what you did to my son. what will you do? COUNT DE WINTER Bring you back. reaches for one of the many ivory combs that adorn her hair. He looks about. impatient... Milady does not move from the reflecting glass. CUT TO: 39 .DAY Armand keeps his eyes on Milady's house opposite. MILADY (eyes on the mirror) Yes. Milady.DAY 38 Milady stands before a mirror. reaches for the next...

a dueling ground for men who have little time to waste. D'Artagnan notices Athos' pained expression. father. I'm afraid. Athos appreciates the young man's retort. the pain in his arm makes him wince.DAY The monastery is a windowless building bordered by a barren field. the blood on his sleeve. ATHOS Don't worry. (CONTINUED) 41 Still no sign of his 40 . MILADY'S HOUSE . races to his side. He calls out: ARMAND Father? Worry makes him hurry. dismounts. or Milady. D'ARTAGNAN But you're wounded. D'ARTAGNAN I'll try my best to be on time. The second is his father's inert body below it. CARMES-DESCHAUX MONASTERY . waits for his adversary to arrive. but they are not as punctual. CUT TO: 41 EXT. Armand takes hasty steps into Milady's bedroom. The first thing he sees is his own face in the mirror. ATHOS You'll miss it. takes a closer look. D'ARTAGNAN I have another appointment at one. Then he rises to his feet. and begins to weep. Armand gasps. ATHOS Ten minutes early. ATHOS I asked two of my friends to act as seconds.DAY Armand climbs a flight of stairs. 40 INT. Armand gathers his father up into his arms. A thin trail of bright blood is seen briefly at the older man's ear.36. D'Artagnan rides INTO VIEW. I fight just as well with my left hand. Athos sits on a stone bench. His horse is hobbled nearby.

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)

. daggers. gives it a mighty pull. The fighting style of the Musketeers is an exuberant mixture of styles and techniques.a crossbow. and Aramis battles with two adversaries at once. and sounds a clamorous ALARM. his strokes overpowering and savage. encircles his adversary.. 41 CONTINUED: (4) PORTHOS Well. the occasional elbow when necessary.. and you have a oneman wrecking crew of epic proportions. Jussac is having a hard time defending himself against his opponent who seems to be attacking from all directions at once.. nunchucks -. Porthos battles BISCARAT. 42 FIGHT Suddenly: nine men are locked in mortal combat. D'Artagnan looks for an opponent.. Athos takes a Guard named Cahusac. His repertoire also includes swift kicks. And last. and perhaps the most entertaining of all.40.all of which he uses with the polished skill of a master. Aramis is a seamless and graceful technician. ATHOS The Cardinal's Guards. Porthos. changing stance and shifting his ground with alacrity. He bounds about like a newborn tiger.. rather than paint and canvas. Now that we're all acquainted. D'Artagnan's youthful energy is by now familiar. and finds himself face to face with Jussac.. Athos is a brutal swordsman. He is a walking arsenal. an artist working with steel and flesh. Add this funhouse of armaments to his already impressive size and strength. solid punches. . he handles his two opponents with balletic ease.. incensed by the battle raging on the field below. 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. He grabs the BELL rope. carrying a variety of bizarre weapons on his body -. and charge. bolo. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers draw their swords.

. But Biscarat struggles to his feet. PORTHOS Papist. Cahusac staggers. Biscarat looks at the odd weapon with professional curiosity. PORTHOS They're about to get a little nearer to the hilt of my sword. Porthos slides over to handle one of Aramis' opponents. Meanwhile.. 44 BACK TO SCENE Porthos reacts to the interruption with irritation. Aramis calls out to him. ARAMIS Pagan. Always spoiling everybody's fun. then slips under Jussac's sword like a snake and runs him through. ATHOS You mean he's still alive? Not only is d'Artagnan alive.and falls to the ground with a thud. knocks him to the ground. PORTHOS (to Aramis) Excuse me? ARAMIS I'm fine. ARAMIS They are nearer to God. Aramis replies while shifting from one foe to the next. Athos' heavy strokes take their toll. and Porthos whacks him on the side of the head. thank you. He'd rather bicker from close range. (CONTINUED) 44 . but he's making a fool out of Jussac.. He produces a pair of nunchucks. grazed at the head -. Porthos sees him. enraged. grabs his saber. Frustrated. Jussac makes a full lunge at him. And Porthos returns to his original foe.41. PORTHOS (eyes on the tower) Damn monks. slight confusion. but d'Artagnan ducks. indicates d'Artagnan: ARAMIS Take a look at our young friend. wounded in arm. sighs.. shoulder.

Biscarat hears the odd WHIZZING sound.? Porthos lets the bolo fly -. Porthos -. Aramis takes death very seriously. D'Artagnan scans the battlefield. 44 CONTINUED: Jussac falls to the ground. 44 Athos and Aramis react. PORTHOS God. lies still. speaking in solemn tones under his breath. the balls slam into his head.who is at play as much as he is war -.. impressed. I love my work. They disarm and disable them with swift strokes. Porthos returns in high spirits. Maybe next time. BISCARAT Now what. including a boomerang. given the circumstances) The Queen of America? PORTHOS Spain. sees Aramis bending over Jussac's body. and whips the balls over his head. D'Artagnan sees the other weapons there. save for the occasional dull groan. The Guard has discovered the better part of valor. now runs for his life. Meanwhile.. 45 AFTERMATH A sudden silence. Then turn their full attention on weakening foes. The Guard drops to the ground without a sound. PORTHOS (re: the bolo) Do you know where this bolo comes from? D'ARTAGNAN (a bold jest. turns to face him. (CONTINUED) 45 . The color drains from his face.takes a Spanish bolo from his catches Biscarat about the neck. D'ARTAGNAN (to Athos) What's he doing? ATHOS Last rites. Porthos chases Biscarat into a grove of trees. He is dead.42. stashes the bolo in a pouch under his cloak.

ATHOS Not if he leaves Paris. D'ARTAGNAN Why can't I stay with you? Aramis and Porthos look to Athos.. the boy's made himself an outlaw too. not yours. and one for all. find a wench. live long and prosper. or he simply doesn't give a damn. and one for all. ARAMIS But he's also right.' Wake up. D'ARTAGNAN Whatever happened to the motto of the Musketeers? 'All for one. This is our fight. Go on. d'Artagnan is crestfallen. All for one. then grins acceptance. he will ATHOS Because I do not want you to. The Musketeers mount their horses. ARAMIS I know Athos may seem cold and unfriendly. but don't let that fool you. Porthos and Aramis adopt a friendlier tone. PORTHOS Go home. Which is exactly what he's going to do.43. ATHOS The Musketeers are (CONTINUED) . It's hard to say whether he's acting out of concern for the boy. 45 CONTINUED: Porthos deadpans. boy. By killing Jussac. 45 ARAMIS Don't encourage him.. D'ARTAGNAN I can't leave. just a dream. PORTHOS He really is cold and unfriendly. decide. As always. Whatever the case. I just got here. D'Artagnan beams. get out of here.

ROCHEFORT (pointing) There they go! After them! But before Rochefort and the Guards can give chase. That's when a group of horsemen come riding around the corner of the monastery -. D'Artagnan gallops toward the Guards to engage them. He .44. PORTHOS (with admiration) Do you believe this kid. D'ARTAGNAN (defiant) Long live the Musketeers. d'Artagnan is knocked clear of his saddle. and the three Musketeers escaping in the distance. AT DISTANCE The three Muskeeters rein their horses. They see their wounded comrades. And d'Artagnan draws his saber. It has been both the best and the worst day of his young life. 45 CONTINUED: (2) 45 Athos spurs his horse. Rochefort rides to the lead. Then. races through PISTOL SHOTS like a demon possessed. HOLD ON d'Artagnan as he watches the Musketeers grow small in the distance.five Cardinal's Guards led by Rochefort himself. Their BLADES connect with a resounding CLASH. draws his sword. ROCHEFORT (shouts to the others) Fall back! I'll take him myself! And like two jousting knights. climbs into the saddle. d'Artagnan and Rochefort meet in the middle of the field. d'Artagnan rides into the middle of the field to challenge them. He hits the ground with a painful thud. Rochefort's Guards leap towards him. Aramis and Porthos follow. Jussac dead. he steps to his horse. look back to d'Artagnan's bold charge. rides away. as if to further prove himself worthy of the blue and gold. sadly.

GOES SUDDENLY BLACK. GUARD This boy fights like a wildcat. Definitely. Then the WORLD TILTS. 46 And with that. FADE IN: 48 EXT. ATHOS (seemingly unmoved) Too bad. PORTHOS A plan. Aramis and Porthos exchange sad looks and hopeful comments. BASTILLE . Athos spurs his horse. ARAMIS He has a plan. rides away. PORTHOS Rochefort's got the boy. The emblem of the Cardinal of France is emblazoned on the carriage door. The portcullis is raised by men-at-arms. 47 BACK TO SCENE Meanwhile. D'ARTAGNAN (exhausted) Thank you. (CONTINUED) 48 47 . The Guard clobbers d'Artagnan with the scabbard of his sword.45. The last thing d'Artagnan sees is the three Musketeers riding into the distance. ARAMIS You can't just leave him. they gallop after. and THROUGH its WINDOW we see the profile of Richelieu. 46 ANGLE TO INCLUDE MUSKEERS Porthos and Aramis are greatly moved by d'Artagnan's courage. and quickly subdued. admitting a spectacular crimson carriage pulled by a team of snow-white stallions. d'Artagnan is soon outnumbered.NIGHT The walls and towers of France's most infamous prison rise to meet a starless sky.

points it at his throat... Rochefort shoves d'Artagnan back to the floor with a heavy boot. But it is gone.. But Rochefort raises the sword.. Where did you get it? Rochefort steps INTO VIEW. D'ARTAGNAN My sword -ROCHEFORT It's magnificent. Rochefort studies d'Artagnan for a long moment. The sharp tip of a sword pokes him in the chest. D'Artagnan wakes with a start. D'ARTAGNAN I'm not dead yet. he fingers the upholstery of his extravagant carriage.NIGHT 49 48 A chamber in hell. D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) It belonged to my father. D'Artagnan is sprawled in a corner. feels the sharp tip of the blade. the familiar eyepatch. I take them from the men I kill. then. on a filthy matted floor. ROCHEFORT Your father. ROCHEFORT Well now it belongs to me. springs back into action. D'Artagnan peers at his dismal surroundings. D'Artagnan starts forward. A beat. Spiders the size of rats. 48 CONTINUED: Lovingly. leaps to his feet. As if he was still battling Jussac at the Carmes-Deschaux. CUT TO: 49 INT. He slaps the sword away. (CONTINUED) . A foul stench in the air. admiring d'Artagnan's sword in his hands. ROCHEFORT Soon enough.46. I collect swords. unconscious. D'Artagnan freezes. DUNGEON . and reaches for his own. rats the size of small dogs.

D'ARTAGNAN It was a long day. Unfortunately. An offense punishable by death. 49 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Where am I? ROCHEFORT I'll give you a hint. D'ARTAGNAN How? (CONTINUED) . ROCHEFORT You know them? D'ARTAGNAN Who? ROCHEFORT The Musketeers. Rochefort leans close. ROCHEFORT Also punishable by death. It's not the Louvre. D'ARTAGNAN (realizing) The Bastille! I'm in the Bastille! ROCHEFORT Well. you're the first person who was ever happy to be here. 49 ROCHEFORT Tell me where they are. He will not betray them. D'ARTAGNAN He interrupted a duel I was fighting. D'ARTAGNAN What do you mean? ROCHEFORT You killed one of the Cardinal's Guards. D'Artagnan says nothing. your visit will be a short one. and I will be lenient.47.

51 ON D'ARTAGNAN 51 He seeks exit. no way out. d'Artagnan rises up. forged in the Crusades.48. And steps lightly into the shadows. eyes bright with adventure. unconscious. darkness. D'ARTAGNAN Give me my father's sword. Frustrated. A CLOSER look reveals d'Artagnan in the jailer's soiled tunic. The jailer scurries over to d'Artagnan. He looks left and right -. D'Artagnan thinks fast. 49 Rochefort storms from the cell.. watches as a cloaked figure steps INTO VIEW.. D'Artagnan leaps into a cell doorway. D'Artagnan seeks refuge. slams the hilt of the sword into d'Artagnan's head. CUT TO: . closes the heavy door behind him.but d'Artagnan's eyes pop open. Two jailers converse. He shudders. Rochefort snarls...NIGHT 50 The jailer exits from d'Artagnan's cell. He nods at a grizzled jailer on his way out. and. The youth slumps from the wooden stool to the floor. Bold words. A long beat. accompanied by a retinue of sullen jailers. Rochefort tilts downward. He nods. 49 CONTINUED: (2) ROCHEFORT (after a beat) I will give you your father's sword. Fool. inert in a shallow puddle of foul water. D'Artagnan steps deeper in the labyrinth. indicates the chains and manacles on the cell wall. finds only a labyrinth. ROCHEFORT Like your father. Just then: more FOOTSTEPS heading toward him. and whispers. step towards him. the OCCASIONAL GROAN. BASTILLE .. grab d'Artagnan by the throat. drags him toward the chains -. As if to impart a secret.CORRIDOR . the jailer reacts with surprise. allows them to pass.. leaps free. And continues. He lifts. Suddenly: scabrous hands reach from inside the cell. gestures for Rochefort to come closer. CUT TO: 50 INT. bad timing.dank corridors. D'Artagnan eyes the gleaming saber. and joins them. and I'll cut out your heart.

.. into another hall. revealing. 53 52 Richelieu and Milady share a look of intimacy. two vipers from the same pit. 55 BACK TO SCENE Richelieu produces a sealed document from his sleeve. MILADY I was beginning to think you'd forgotten me.NIGHT D'Artagnan keeps step with the cloaked figure. (CONTINUED) 55 . The jailers disperse. D'Artagnan watches as the door opens. eyes the door. glances at the corridor ahead. 54 OUTSIDE DOOR 54 D'Artagnan slips closer. D'Artagnan's jaw drops. She answers the Cardinal's smile with a seductive expression. the retinue. and toward a pristine wooden door. and hands it to Milady. But the cloaked figure is escorted up a long stairway. RICHELIEU I have an errand that requires your singular talents. ignored for the moment. the Cardinal and the cloaked figure now behind it... concupiscent. holds an ear close. Richelieu smiles. 52 INT. D'Artagnan takes steps as if to join them.. Cardinal Richelieu. the most powerful man in France. The figure rises. 53 ANGLE TO INCLUDE INTERIOR The cloaked figure bows to the Cardinal. Rochefort stands in a corner. revealing the unforgettable features of Milady de Winter. The cloaked figure steps inside. finds it unlocked.49. Forget you? RICHELIEU Impossible. a fearsome apparition in red. He keeps his head down. looking for a way out. RICHELIEU Carry this to the Duke of Buckingham. He opens the door a fraction. BASTILLE ... The hood falls back. reaches for the handle. then turns back..

50.. eager for escape. unrecognizable behind her cloak. BASTILLE . the boy believes he should rule France.NIGHT 56 D'Artagnan leaps back from the door as it opens. Richelieu's not talking about Louis. eyes down. RICHELIEU And doing so. Instead of me. shuffles to join the retinue of jailers as they RETURN TO VIEW. shall earn you the gratitude of. Now that he's come of age. Friday. He steps from the 55 ROCHEFORT You're going to go through with . 55 CONTINUED: MILADY (impressed) You did it.. a King. MILADY Consider it done. Just then: a hand slams down upon his shoulder. . I want Buckingham's signature next to mine before the King's birthday. Rochefort knows what this portends. D'Artagnan falls into place. head down. Milady. A ship called the Persephone will carry you to England. He's talking about CUT TO: 56 INT. D'Artagnan looks up into the face of Captain Rochefort.. It sails Tuesday. Everything. everything? RICHELIEU (silences him with a glance) Yes. midnight. himself. RICHELIEU The King left me no choice.CORRIDOR . An alliance with Buckingham. steps into the corridor.. the retinue escorts her forward. corner. (to Milady) You're to leave for Calais at once.

He sits in a finely brocaded chair. (CONTINUED) . Please. Your Eminence. When d'Artagnan fails to respond. as if seeing his first movie star. Rochefort makes a sullen exit. RICHELIEU Sit down. RICHELIEU How much did you hear? D'ARTAGNAN (busted) Not a word. but then I saw a light up ahead.NIGHT D'Artagnan lands with a thud at Richelieu's feet. D'Artagnan reacts to the Cardinal's reasonable tone. CUT TO: 58 INT.51. knocking him to the floor. The Cardinal frowns. The Cardinal smiles. Violence solves nothing. D'ARTAGNAN I can explain that -ROCHEFORT Silence! Rochefort punches d'Artagnan in the head. The Cardinal speaks. I. RICHELIEU Rochefort. BASTILLE . friendly. it's dark as you know.. Rochefort gives him a mighty kick.. I stepped from my cell for a breath of air. Leave him to me. Rochefort hisses: ROCHEFORT On your knees. and became lost in the corridors. D'Artagnan scrambles into the correct posture of supplication. Rochefort continues: ROCHEFORT This is the boy who killed Jussac. an apparition in red. 58 57 D'Artagnan reacts with perceptible awe. 57 EXT. looks at the Cardinal.MILADY'S COACH Exiting. BASTILLE . his manner casual. the light over your door.

RICHELIEU I've heard that name before. RICHELIEU You may have many talents. Your Eminence. dismisses d'Artagnan's tale with a wave of his hand. you a Gascon? D'ARTAGNAN Yes.' D'ARTAGNAN I came to join the King's Musketeers.52. And don't say 'a horse. RICHELIEU Tell me. D'ARTAGNAN I'm honored. I like you. Do you have a name? D'ARTAGNAN D'Artagnan. Your Eminence? (CONTINUED) Are 58 . but I don't think I would be very popular with the other men. Your heart is set on being a Musketeer. RICHELIEU I suppose not. RICHELIEU Bad timing. D'ARTAGNAN So I've heard. RICHELIEU D'Artagnan. But guile is not one of them. Your Eminence. (off his look) When I was your age. I too had dreams of joining the Musketeers. 58 CONTINUED: Richelieu smiles. D'ARTAGNAN (surprised) You. I could use a capable young man like you in my Guards. What brought you to Paris. my young friend. Not after today.

Tell me where they are. Richelieu's seeming kindness conceals a heart of ice. means to dismiss him. D'ARTAGNAN What about my trial? RICHELIEU You've just had it. Or should I say it was. They are a thing of the past. and perhaps you will keep it there a few years longer. RICHELIEU In that case. but in opposition. No longer in awe.. D'ARTAGNAN I'm sorry. reason) Like the Knights of the Round Table. Richelieu turns for the door.. D'ARTAGNAN Wait -RICHELIEU Why? Do you object to losing your head? Yes. 58 CONTINUED: (2) RICHELIEU Why not? Becoming a Musketeer is the fantasy of every young Frenchman. D'Artagnan calls after. 58 RICHELIEU Then tell me what I want to know. But I can't tell you what I do not know. (beat) Where are the three Musketeers? (CONTINUED) . D'ARTAGNAN I like it where it is. d'Artagnan. the Musketeers have outlived their usefulness. give my regards to the headsman. replies quietly. (with seeming kindness. (beat) And so have your three friends.53. D'Artagnan sees it now. and I will spare your life.

raises his axe and touches the end of the blade. he turns to the Captain. Cardinal Richelieu sweeps into the dark. Instead. BASTILLE . Rochefort waits on the other 58 RICHELIEU But we'll never know. commands: RICHELIEU Find the three Musketeers and kill them. Enjoy it. RICHELIEU A comforting thought. Richelieu opens the door. A hooded executioner mounts the steps of the scaffold in the company of a PRIEST. The executioner holds up his bloody thumb. You might have made a fine Musketeer after all. a large man. RICHELIEU And if you did? D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) I wouldn't tell you. History's pawn. Morning comes quickly. cutting his finger. side. young man. A motley crowd gathers around the execution scaffold.54. hurls him from the chair to the floor. 58 CONTINUED: (3) D'ARTAGNAN I don't know. (CONTINUED) . held back by men-at-arms. ON d'Artagnan for a beat. With that. d'Artagnan. The executioner. Razor-sharp. grabs d'Artagnan roughly by the arm.DAY 59 HOLD BELLS TOLL. ROCHEFORT They'll be dead by dawn. Good night. will we? Rochefort steps into the room. This time Richelieu does not utter protest. The Priest wears a black cassock and a broad black sombrero.MARKET SQUARE . CUT TO: 59 EXT. RICHELIEU I admire your courage.

The coachman remains. Suddenly. and several men-at-arms carrying muskets. 59 CONTINUED: The crowd roars approval. Richelieu appears beside him. 60 TOWER OF BASTILLE Rochefort watches from a tower overlooking the square. By 60 59 RICHELIEU A remarkable woman. the horse cart reaches the scaffold. The Priest mutters comfort: (CONTINUED) 62 . 61 ANOTHER ANGLE 61 The Cardinal's familiar carriage is parked a safe distance from the square. The most beautiful I've ever known. But d'Artagnan keeps his head high. in a horse-drawn cart. yanks him from his seat. And turns to regard the day's victim as he is rolled INTO VIEW. half-naked. ROCHEFORT Milady left at midnight. And the deadliest. braiding his whip. seated on top. pales. his hands bound behind him. private coach. The Guards who attend it have wandered off to watch the festivities. The blood-thirsty crowd cheers and jeers at d'Artagnan. 62 SCAFFOLD D'Artagnan is led by the Captain of the Guards up the stairs to the execution platform. He is taken into the custody of a CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS. A manat-arms drops the tailgate. (peering down at the scene) How is our young daredevil holding up? ROCHEFORT He's wishing he'd never heard of the Musketeers. Which would explain my attraction. begins a circuit of the square. Down below. The driver turns the cart.55. D'Artagnan stands. D'Artagnan sees the bloodstained block where his neck will soon lie. d'Artagnan steps down. The executioner and the Priest wait patiently above. If he must die. he will die with dignity. a gloved hand grabs the coachman.

A CLOSER look reveals Queen Anne and Constance. You won't feel a thing. two figures ride on horseback. 63 ANOTHER ANGLE 63 CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Proceed. Porthos grins beneath the hood's overhang. Porthos nods. all tied up. PORTHOS (whispers into his ear) Don't worry. He holds a large Bible in his hands. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Prepare the prisoner.. approaches d'Artagnan in a threatening manner. Porthos lays his axe aside. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARDS Where is Father Rostand today? ARAMIS The good father is. is Aramis.. and winks. But their progress has led them here. The Captain of the Guards gives Aramis a suspicious look. towards the countryside beyond.. reveals it. always... He turns to face the executioner. boy.56. on the perimeter of the square. They ride through the city. It 62 Meanwhile. Very well. and one for all. my son. The Priest raises his face.. He takes him by the scruff of the neck. D'Artagnan regards the Priest whose face is hidden beneath the brim of his broad black hat.. The crowd goes wild. 62 CONTINUED: PRIEST Fear not.. He whispers: ARAMIS All for one. PRIEST For we are with you. (CONTINUED) . and forces his head upon the chopping block. D'Artagnan's heart soars. they wear familiar cloaks. Anne frowns at the spectacle.

upon the cart. but a hint of levity) Gentlemen. ANNE Are you surprised? She replies with contempt. raises his axe. Constance's eyes fill with tears. is Athos. knocking the manat-arms off the scaffold. women scream. Porthos uses the heavy blunt end of the axe to topple the closest men-at-arms. the executioner's axe. CONSTANCE Men call it justice. 63 CONTINUED: ANNE Barbarism. Men shout. D'Artagnan shuts his eyes. As d'Artagnan. your carriage. the crowd.57. For just a moment. 64 MARKET SQUARE 64 63 The Cardinal's crimson carriage races toward the scaffold.. Porthos steps back from d'Artagnan. scattering the crowd in all directions. But Constance freezes in place. 65 CARRIAGE Athos pulls up alongside the scaffold. rolls INTO VIEW. Aramis opens his Bible. (CONTINUED) 65 . ATHOS (the usual dour expression. eyes wide. clutching the reins in one hand and CRACKING a WHIP in the other. In the driver's seat. Inestimable space between. That's when screams of panic erupt from the crowd. D'Artagnan raises his head to see the source of this mayhem. lands on him with both feet. reins her horse away from the square. all leaping to avoid the stallion's sharp hooves. wonders. pulls out a PISTOL. their eyes lock. CONSTANCE It's him. and BLASTS the saber from the hand of the Captain of the Guards. but d'Artagnan leaps out of nowhere.. mutters a silent prayer. Compliments of the Cardinal. the coach's THUNDEROUS spinning WHEELS. she watches d'Artagnan. A man-at-arms raises his musket to shoot the false priest.

ATHOS Hold on! Athos cracks the whip.58. delighted. CARRIAGE . they drop into the plush interior below. The roof fabric tears. As the carriage barrels from the scaffold. PORTHOS How considerate of the Cardinal to provide us with a snack. CONSTANCE Yes! 67 TOWER But the Cardinal looks on with horror. springs into the air. PORTHOS Well. and a wide assortment of foods. she thrusts a gloved fist into the air. towards freedom. Aramis and Porthos shed their disguises. and the stallions race off through the crowd. triumphant. light upon the carriage. champagne.. driving the horses onward. 65 CONTINUED: 65 D'Artagnan rushes to the edge of the scaffold. RICHELIEU My carriage. Inside: bottles of wine. transfixed.DAY Aramis and Porthos have settled in comfortably. what have we here? Porthos lifts the lid. jump after. cuts the leather ties that bind d'Artagnan's wrists. spies a wicker hamper on the floor. (CONTINUED) Porthos 69 68 67 66 . 66 SQUARE Constance watches the escape. CUT TO: 69 INT. Athos CRACKS the WHIP. landing on the seat beside him. 68 CARRIAGE Athos produces a dagger..

ARAMIS Let's share.? ARAMIS (to the point) Throw the coins. horses rear up. It is filled with gold 69 ARAMIS How is it that a man of God becomes a man of gold? PORTHOS (looks on. soldiers tumble. jewelry. Aramis looks about the interior. Their hurried steps impede the Guards' progress. But several of the Guards manage to avoid the obstacle. grins) Trinkets for the ladies. Aramis opens the box. coins. Pedestrians see the gold. spies a small ornate box. grabs a turkey leg. hands the ornate box to d'Artagnan. pursue the carriage with renewed determination. 70 The people D'Artagnan grabs a handful of coins. ARAMIS Would you be so good as to distribute these? Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.. boy. Aramis smiles approval. D'ARTAGNAN (open the box. 70 STREETS OF PARIS . drops back to the carriage interior.. and tosses them into the air. ducks. D'Artagnan hears a LOUD POPPING sound. reacts. D'ARTAGNAN They're firing at us! (CONTINUED) . ARAMIS Hello.CARRIAGE Aramis sticks his head through the hole in the fabric roof. and leap after. reacts) But. 69 CONTINUED: Porthos extracts a bottle of wine. shout.59. are hungry.

And beams.. 71 INCLUDE INTERIOR Porthos looks up from his chest. champagne spilled all over his tunic. Athos hands the reins to d'Artagnan. STREET .. you drive... Athos SMASHES the top of the BOTTLE. CUT TO: 72 EXT. takes the reins from d'Artagnan. d'Artagnan jerks at the reins. 70 CONTINUED: 70 Porthos sticks his head INTO VIEW. drinks deeply. D'Artagnan struggles with the reins. At the summit. Athos growls. Next time. (CONTINUED) . returns with a new bottle. the source of the popping sound.DAY 72 71 The carriage charges up a steep hill.60. PORTHOS Champagne? ATHOS You know I prefer wine. D'ARTAGNAN The next right. taking delight from every instant of adventure.? ATHOS Turn. and a brand new sash. Porthos ducks down. ATHOS Turn right at the next street. tipping on two wheels. PORTHOS Don't go away. offers them a bubbling bottle of champagne. Athos tosses aside his bottle. settles back to enjoy himself. tries to control the horses. PORTHOS (to Aramis) That's it. The carriage careens around the corner. PORTHOS May I recommend this find Cabernet? Porthos hands the bottle to Athos.

Porthos and Aramis climb from the cab. Aramis hands Athos a sack of powder. D'Artagnan hurries to the horses. 72 CONTINUED: 72 D'Artagnan sighs with relief. I hope you had a pleasant ride. Gold coins on the carpet at their feet. PORTHOS I'd give five years of your life just to see the Cardinal's face! ARAMIS Ten! CUT TO: 73 The mounted . please. The interior of the Cardinal's carriage bursts into flames. ATHOS Gentlemen. Athos yanks the brake lever. begin their ascent. and SHOOTS it -. brings the horses to a halt. Athos pulls the passenger door open. D'ARTAGNAN But the Guards. Porthos shouts. food and drink between them. race off into the distance. Porthos emits a contented belch.igniting the powder inside. ATHOS Do as I say. takes aim with the PISTOL. ATHOS Stand back. revealing Porthos and Aramis inside.61. D'Artagnan follows. (to d'Artagnan) Unhitch the horses. this is the end of the line. D'Artagnan points to the bottom of the hill. laughing. and his pistol. ATHOS (to Aramis) Your pistol and powder. Athos tosses the sack into the carriage. 73 BOTTOM OF HILL D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers mount the Cardinal's white stallions. Guards chase after. and leaps down from the driver's seat.

PORTHOS I knew there was something familiar about this boy. He was a captain in the Musketeers when we were just recruits. his tone is measured and calm. D'ARTAGNAN (he can't quite believe it) Three days. dead or alive. 74 RICHELIEU'S FACE 74 The Cardinal's face is contorted in fury. CUT TO: 75 EXT. Aramis smiles as d'Artagnan attacks a turkey wing. wait for him to speak. I forgot. PORTHOS I heard of a d'Artagnan once. Their usual cynicism replaced by something approaching camaraderie. He stares at the smouldering ruin for a long beat. RICHELIEU One thousand pistoles on each of their heads. 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. He steps out of a horse cart.DAY 75 D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers rest against tree trunks in a hidden glade.62. approaches the charred remains of his beloved carriage. ARAMIS A good man. (CONTINUED) . Rochefort reacts with surprise. I guess with all the excitement. WOODS . I'm told. When he does. D'ARTAGNAN He was my father. D'ARTAGNAN I haven't eaten in three days. The boy knows our plans.

a hand on d'Artagnan's shoulder. your father and another Musketeer were ambushed and murdered outside the Louvre. He stands suddenly. Aramis shouts after: ARAMIS D'Artagnan. the memory still hurts. His name is the Count De Rochefort.63. D'Artagnan continues. D'ARTAGNAN (quietly) I imagined his death a hundred time. Aramis appears at his side. tentative. 75 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN (sadly) He died when I was nine. Porthos adds: PORTHOS You already have. D'Artagnan isn't listening. stunned and silent. turns. Athos shakes his he still alive? I'd like to talk to him. D'Artagnan pales. broken whisper: He manages a D'ARTAGNAN This other Musketeer -. and walks away. CUT TO: 76 EXT. It is Athos who finally speaks: 75 ATHOS D'Artagnan. He doesn't want the Musketeers to see the tears forming in his eyes. WOODS .DAY 76 D'Artagnan stands at a flowing stream. An uncomfortable silence. offers silent comfort. wipes the tears from his eyes. D'ARTAGNAN All my mother would tell me is that he died in the service of the King. The mention of the elder d'Artagnan's death casts a pall. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .

64. reveals a priestly cloth. ARAMIS He lives in you. And his example inspired me to dedicate my life to God's service. D'ARTAGNAN You didn't have one. D'ARTAGNAN But you never knew him.. and turned his back on God. That's all the evidence Aramis requires. this father. and brave. Your father was bold. defending his King.. He was a great man. 76 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN (CONT'D) On a battlefield. a leader of the church.. secret he carries near to his heart. D'ARTAGNAN You were a priest. I will find the man who murdered my father and kill him where he stands.. pauses to reflect. The church took me in. Aramis opens his cloak.. Fighting bravely for France. (MORE) (CONTINUED) A D'Artagnan 76 . betrayed the church. And now. ARAMIS But I did.. Then wonders: D'ARTAGNAN And your father? ARAMIS I was orphaned at a young age. ARAMIS A man is better measured by his life than by his death. ARAMIS I was a fool. (eyes on the cool water) This great man. To worship power and gold.

pointed. He picks up one of RICHELIEU Don't worry. and crosses to an elaborate pigeon coop. he already knows. The Musketeers have been sighted riding north on the road to Calais. the pigeons. Thanks to our winged friends. Richelieu nods.65. anxious. the Cardinal Richelieu. CUT TO: 77 EXT. ARAMIS I joined the Musketeers and a strange thing happened. His Eminence. He looks down and sees. innumerable. ROCHEFORT (bowing) Your Eminence. Richelieu turns.. strokes it gently. (with a smile) Isn't modern communication a wonderful thing? (CONTINUED) . lost in thought. Rochefort steps INTO VIEW. ARAMIS (turns to face him) All of France knows him. D'ARTAGNAN But who was that man. out of breath. Servants attach messages to the legs of carrier pigeons. 76 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS (CONT'D) (quietly) It broke my heart to see it. through the smoke and mist. D'Artagnan nearly jumps from his boots. every mercenary and bounty hunter in France will be waiting for them. the silent rooftops of Paris. I got my faith back.DAY 77 76 Richelieu stands on the roof of the Palais. D'ARTAGNAN And you became a Musketeer.. ROOF OF PALAIS CARDINAL .

D'ARTAGNANj A ship called the Persephone waits for the Cardinal's agent at Calais. I was standing by the door. Bucking. WOODS .. I couldn't hear it clearly. To take him to England. With a secret treaty. ARAMIS (figuring) Calais is over two hundred leagues from here.. D'ARTAGNAN The Cardinal sent someone to England. Buckingham. Tuesday. flying across the sky. ARAMIS What? D'ARTAGNAN He's made an alliance with a man named. listen to his story. The Musketeers look at each other with alarm... CUT TO: 78 EXT. and watches it streak skyward. the voices were low -PORTHOS Go on. midnight.. 77 CONTINUED: Richelieu releases the bird. (CONTINUED) 78 77 .66.DAY The three Musketeers gather around d'Artagnan. PORTHOS The Duke of Buckingham? D'ARTAGNAN (nodding) Do you know him? ARAMIS He rules England the way Richelieu rules France. In mid-telling: D'ARTAGNAN ..

Athos stops their exuberant plots and plans with a single word. HOLD ON this heroic tableau for a long beat. (CONTINUED) . 79 EXT. riding hell-for-leather.NIGHT 80 79 78 Four rough-looking MERCENARIES crouch on a low bridge spanning a shallow stream. BRIDGE ON ROAD TO CALAIS . Bold words. ATHOS Wait. the bottom line) Does the Cardinal know you have this information? D'ARTAGNAN Yes. The Mercenaries wait in the darkness. Suddenly: pounding HOOFBEATS come over the scene. D'ARTAGNAN What are we waiting for. And galloping out of the fog come d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers. whisper eagerly among themselves. They are armed with muskets and swords. MUSIC SWELLS. let's go. PORTHOS But with three men trying. 80 EXT. wonder. ROAD TO CALAIS . And he'll do everything in his power to stop us.67. ATHOS Then he knows we have it too. D'ARTAGNAN Four. Athos almost smiles. 78 CONTINUED: PORTHOS This messenger and the treaty will prove the Cardinal a traitor. ATHOS (as always. one of us might be able to make it. All turn.NIGHT Fog drifts across a lonely stretch of road. If we can get our hands on them. D'Artagnan matures by leaps and bounds.

the angry Mercenaries whirl about. But just before they reach the bridge. four horsemen come THUNDERING out of the mist. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers gallop INTO VIEW. pulls out a pistol. ROAD TO CALAIS . pointing muskets. D'ARTAGNAN He needs our help.NIGHT 81 80 An overturned wagon lies in the ditch. The wagon's driver. Beer kegs litter the roadway. Porthos' merry laugh drifts back to mock them. take aim. Before the Mercenaries realize what's happened. but growing closer. The ragged Farmer reaches inside his coat. Don't worry. Having avoided the bridge completely. Suddenly: two other men step before the wagon. FARMER (with relief) Thank God for a friendly face. the horsemen ride on either pair rides to the left. And the sound of HOOFBEATS is heard in the distance. 80 CONTINUED: One of them hisses for silence. We'll need their heads for identification. all conversation ends. rein their horses to a stop. Faint. In a flash. Cursing. The Mercenaries raise their muskets. the four horsemen break in half -. makes a smirking request: (CONTINUED) . ATHOS We'll help him. My horse broke loose. the other to the right. they return to the road. sits on one of the kegs. and race away. MERCENARY Shoot low. holding his head. an old FARMER.68. ATHOS Stay on your horse. CUT TO: 81 EXT. Can you help me move these kegs out of the road? D'Artagnan starts to dismount. splashing through the shallow stream. FIRE at d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers as they ride into the night. Right on cue.

CUT TO: 82 INT. (CONTINUED) 82 81 . COUNTRY INN . 81 CONTINUED: FARMER Won't you step down. Please put away your weapons and remove these kegs from the road. We'd prefer to ride on without having to kill you.. 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. PORTHOS There's only one rule. PORTHOS Mine hit the ground first. D'Artagnan still can't believe what just happened. Musketeers? ARAMIS Gentlemen. it's a fact. FARMER You're threatening us? PORTHOS It's not a threat.NIGHT A large warm tavern with a ROARING FIRE. The Farmer laughs.. Aramis swings out of the saddle and begins to perform last rites over the bodies. THREE EXPLOSIONS ERUPT from under the cloaks of Athos. you're dead where you stand. He turns to Porthos. I beg you.stay alive. contemptuously. D'Artagnan and the "Farmers" gape at Aramis in surprise. ATHOS Mine was taller. He raises his pistol and aims it at Porthos' head. When the smoke clears. d'Artagnan -. Porthos and Aramis. Porthos raises the barrel to his lips and blows away the gunsmoke.69. But before he can pull the trigger. If you don't haul those kegs away. THUNDER RUMBLES and RAINS begins to fall.

ready to fight. INNKEEPER (honored) Musketeers in my house! Gentlemen. They helped themselves to our food and then refused to pay. the Innkeeper comes forward to meet the four ominous travelers. the STORM BLOWS. ATHOS See to our horses and bring us some food.70. Porthos is on the lookout for danger. He reaches inside his cloak for a weapon and. ARAMIS (bitter) In the name of God. The Cardinal's Guards were here today. ready for attack. Fearful. BARMAID #1 (crying out) Musketeers! The sound of SLIDING STEEL as Athos. in doing so. D'Artagnan closes the heavy door. INNKEEPER (apologetic) I'm sorry but we have little to spare. put away your swords and come in. I'm sure. here are thrilled to see them. a few benighted travelers and THREE BARMAIDS. The occupants of the inn regard the new arrivals with suspicion. his wife. INNKEEPER Good evening. But there is no attack. accidentally exposes his Musketeer tunic. They keep their cloaks drawn about them and wear the brims of their hats pulled low to cover their faces. (CONTINUED) The people . Porthos. They stand back to back in a circle. Quite the contrary. 82 CONTINUED: 82 Present are the INNKEEPER. They turn as the door flies open and the Musketeers and d'Artagnan enter from a RAGING STORM. Aramis and d'Artagnan draw their swords. Outisde. Anyone who fights the Cardinal is welcome here. The Musketeers lower their swords.

Allow me to introduce myself. PORTHOS I don't get it. The Barmaids look at each other. friendly voice. I just don't get it. CUT TO: . the three Barmaids desert Porthos and scurry across the room to attach themselves to Aramis.71. you're in for a treat tonight. The three Barmaids perk up. Porthos beams. shut up. Porthos shakes his head and flops down in a chair. louder) Porthos. Aramis and d'Artagnan hide smiles. PORTHOS (repeating. BARMAIDS (with excitement) Aramis? Did you say Aramis? And with that. Aramis. The Musketeers return their swords to their sheathes and take off their dripping hats and capes. 82 ARAMIS It's hard to believe they haven't heard of the great Porthos. The pretty Barmaids crowd around them to collect their gear and carry it to the fire. PORTHOS Oh. Still no response. I'm the Musketeer they call Porthos. He follows the Barmaids. waiting for a big response but nothing happens. Porthos rubs his hands together. 82 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS I think we've found a home. eager to indulge himself. INNKEEPER We don't have much but what we have is yours. booming in his loud. PORTHOS Ladies.

PORTHOS I said. Porthos follows his gaze. Porthos gives the Barmaid a powerful kiss. she will think you are weak.' The Barmaids accept his leering compliment with glee... 83 Porthos regales the Barmaids with a tale. you'll have to learn the manly art of wenching...NIGHT Moments later. Right.. And as a Musketeer is never weak.. But d'Artagnan isn't so sure. With me? Weak. your first kiss must be all the things that you are. brings her lips toward his. a lasting impression is made. clown. weak. to the dark-haired Barmaid seen previously. and only rarely a clown.. D'Artagnan looks over Porthos' shoulder. He breaks it. practiced in the arts of pleasure. she will think you are a clown. with two Barmaids.. Your first subject. Porthos pulls one of the Barmaids to his chest. D'ARTAGNAN Comical. turns to d'Artagnan with a grin. 83 INT. grins. PORTHOS The secret to wenching is the first kiss. PORTHOS If you're going to be a proper Musketeer. And if it is comical. If it is weak. Watch closely. very good. Porthos. (CONTINUED) . ladies? The Barmaids heartily concur.. For in that kiss. TAVERN . PORTHOS Ahh. 'A Queen is no different than a barmaid in the dark. But you'll need instruction. Like this. PORTHOS Very good.72. Though less. bellows a reply..

ARAMIS I'll demonstrate. He'll play along too. And often is his gold complexion dimmed. an endearment or two. her name. Porthos reacts with delight. Please. And every fair from fair sometimes declines. and begins to speak. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines. Sit 83 Aramis' courtly behavior is as out of place in these environs as it is persuasive. And summer's leash hath all too short a date. 83 CONTINUED: PORTHOS You may speak first if you like.. 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.. Aramis continues: ARAMIS Words may make a more lasting impression than a thousand of Porthos' kisses.73. your name. or nature's changing course untrimmed. sits down on the bench beside him. BARMAID (still reeling) Not likely. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . By chance. beside me. He simply looks into her eyes. ARAMIS Only if you don't know which words to say. The Barmaid slips from Porthos' lap. D'Artagnan with interest. Aramis does not touch her. All turn to regard Aramis. But thy eternal summer shall not fade. But words are usually a waste of time.

When in eternal lines to time thou growest. almost embarrassed by the outcome. The dark-haired Barmaid sees him coming and smiles. PORTHOS That's cheating. BARMAID It's beautiful. So long as men can breathe. The Barmaids cheer. hesitates. D'Artagnan looks at the dark-haired Barmaid across the room. and this gives life to thee. The Barmaid on his lap disagrees. once skeptical. remembering as best he can: D'ARTAGNAN 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou are move lovely and more tempest. er. cites: ARAMIS Shakespeare. D'Artagnan steps forward. We haven't got all night.. Porthos and Aramis smile proudly. (CONTINUED) 83 . Her face covered with tears. to hell with it -D'Artagnan takes the Barmaid into his arms. not sure where to start. As previously demonstrated. more tempered. Nor shall death brag thou wanderest in his shade. D'Artagnan stands before her. PORTHOS Come on.' The Barmaid. or eyes can see.. So long lives this. Porthos urges him on. d'Artagnan. Aramis pauses. Then. delivers a powerful kiss.74. PORTHOS The boy's a natural.' (beat) Ahh. 83 CONTINUED: (2) ARAMIS (CONT'D) Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest. He turns to d'Artagnan. sits silently.

The chair breaks beneath them. He hides his concern behind a cheerful attitude. 84 ATHOS 84 83 He remains lost in drink. 83 CONTINUED: (3) ARAMIS So little time. Ignore him. indicates Athos sitting at a table by himself. I have never seen Athos smile. his flagon for him. ARAMIS In all the years I've know him. He'll be his usual warm. (CONTINUED) He fills . adds the Barmaid to the one already sitting on his lap.. ATHOS Famous last words.. D'ARTAGNAN I'll drink anything you put in front of me. Athos pulls d'Artagnan down with a dark smile. Let's see if you can drink like one. D'ARTAGNAN Why is he sitting by himself? PORTHOS Athos takes his drinking seriously. (calls out) Service! My lap is cold! A Barmaid scurries INTO VIEW. (raising his flagon) What shall we drink to? D'Artagnan notices the dark-haired Barmaid eyeing him across the room. D'Artagnan appears beside him. D'ARTAGNAN Come join us. scowling.75. D'Artagnan drains his flagon. and all three go sprawling on the floor. so much to learn. charming self by morning. laughing heartily. working on his third bottle of Burgundy. ATHOS You fight like a Musketeer. Porthos grabs her by the waist.

D'ARTAGNAN Isn't that what people do when they fall in love? ATHOS (sharply) Be quiet and listen. ATHOS I once knew a man. one of the Counts of Berry. 84 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Love? The word nearly makes Athos grimace. (beat) The Count took her to his castle and made her the first lady of the province. and knocked unconscious.. while riding in the woods. d'Artagnan. As if to look into another time and place.. the girl was thrown from her horse. then beyond. the poor idiot. D'Artagnan is fascinated. d'Artagnan? A love story? Athos' voice reveals unexpected vulnerability. Finally: ATHOS Love. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 84 . A breathtaking girl of seventeen. (beat) Would you like to hear a story. the pain he keeps inside.76. The Count hurried to help her. Then one day. My native province. as happy as a man and a woman can be. Her dress was torn. And this man. Athos takes a long pull from the bottle of burgundy. intoxicating. When the good Count was about your age. They were happy for a time. She was more than beautiful. he married her. She was. he fell in love with a visitor from Paris.. moved. He nearly whispers: D'ARTAGNAN Yes. wipes the blood red wine from his lips. He stares at d'Artagnan for a long beat..

. The Count soon realized what she had meant to him. The Count's curiosity got the best of him.. Athos now turns his unflinching gaze on d'Artagnan. And what he had done. his heart did not agree. 85 ANOTHER ANGLE D'Artagnan reacts with shock. She swore that she loved him.. ATHOS The Count's angel turned out to be a murderess who escaped the Executioner's blade. Swore that she had changed.77. He reached over and slid down the gold band... For her lies and for her past.. the woman wore a gold band in the shape of a serpent. D'ARTAGNAN What? ATHOS The fleur d'lis. And if he would just keep her secret. 84 CONTINUED: (2) ATHOS (CONT'D) On her her arm. ATHOS But you see. (beat) And turned her over to the authorities to be executed for the crime. It was the only article of clothing she refused to remove. Athos pauses.. (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. She'd been branded. angel. imagines that life.. something she'd kept hidden 'til then. He saw something on her arm. And so he rejected her. He was tormented by the ridicule of his social class.

trips and falls on Athos' table. 85 CONTINUED: ATHOS (CONT'D) That his. Porthos blinks in amazement at Athos' grim face. spins out of control. and puts it back something with some blood in it! I feel like dancing! Aramis launches into something appropriate. That's when Porthos. As he gathers up his pain. But the story has made d'Artagnan quite sober and a little sick to his stomach. ATHOS More for me. He refuses another drink. Every once in awhile. looks down and offers him the bottle. Porthos lies in the wreckage. Aramis! PORTHOS Athos made a joke! . Athos? ATHOS Only if I can lead. 85 Athos SMASHES open another BOTTLE. Athos. PORTHOS Care to dance. It seemed like the same thing after a while.. Porthos and a Barmaid get up and begin a festive folk dance. His joie de vivre is infectious and soon everyone in the inn is clapping and encouraging him.a dagger or something -. then breaks out laughing. And was never seen again. HOLD ON Athos for a long time. Good. another WEAPON -.. dancing with abandon. betrayal was far greater than her own. totally unperturbed. ATHOS He killed her. staring up.78.drops out of Porthos' clothing and hits the floor with a CLATTER. PORTHOS Aramis -. Gave up his title. (beat) Soon after he foreswore the society that shaped him. crushing it to the floor. D'ARTAGNAN He loved her. Porthos is damned good.

Sunlight is peeking in through the cracks. Porthos grins. had a big brains. PORTHOS d'Artagnan. CUT TO: 87 EXT. ATHOS Well? INNKEEPER It's dawn. D'ARTAGNAN Were we making too much noise? INNKEEPER You told me to wake you at dawn.. gentlemen.79. d'Artagnan? D'Artagnan is terribly hung-over from the night's carousing. wincing with every bump.. PORTHOS Beautiful morning. D'Artagnan squints ahead. They turn in disbelief to the shuttered windows. good idea stomach. Sure enough.DAY 87 86 The sun rises. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers ride INTO FRAME. You know. So that's exactly why Porthos shouts to him and says. Would you please stop whistling? (CONTINUED) .. RURAL LANDSCAPE . casts long shadows across a sparkling dewwet field. eh. 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. INNKEEPER Excuse me. He looks like he could puke at any moment. 86 ANGLE The Innkeeper comes down the stairs wearing a nightshirt and a sleepy expression. naturedly. continuing their journey to Calais. D'ARTAGNAN My head feels like it's filled with the King's marching band..

. As the Musketeers and d'Artagnan struggle to control their horses. sees six horsemen waiting for them in the near distance. 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. they look back and see an old castle atop a distant hill. IMPACTING a few feet away. PORTHOS (to others) The Barmaid's kiss left him dizzy. Athos changes direction. Another BALL EXPLODES into the ground in front of them. sending up a tremendous EXPLOSION. PORTHOS I hate cannon balls. It sounds like. as the horsemen charge after. threatening to dump them out of their saddles. ARAMIS I hear it too. But they discover crude battlements in their path. left over from some long-forgotten war. 87 CONTINUED: Whistling? PORTHOS I'm not whistling. The Musketeers barely calm their horses. A group of men operate two rusted cannons. 87 D'ARTAGNAN Well someone is. d'Artagnan and the Musketeers follow. Their horses rear up in fear. and you just might get your wish. Athos is cut off by an EAR-PIERCING WHISTLE as a CANNON BALL drops out of the sky and STRIKES the ground nearby. (CONTINUED) . He changes direction again. ATHOS Stay with us. ATHOS (knows immediatley) A connon ball. when another BALL comes SCREAMING their way..80. Athos spurs his horse across the field.

81. shouts command. Constance replenishes the bath with pitchers of hot water drawn from a boiling cauldron. 87 CONTINUED: (2) 87 They ride as fast their mounts will carry them. as confidantes and friends: CONSTANCE But how. your Majesty? How can you tell if you're really in love? ANNE Do you think about him all the time? CONSTANCE (considers. A crossroads up ahead. replies) Yes. ARAMIS We'll see you in Calais! ATHOS Or hell! Athos and d'Artagnan take off in one direction.DAY 88 A room heavy with mist and steam. do you suddenly forget how to breathe? (CONTINUED) . In mid-conversation. QUEEN'S BATH . Constance attending. The pursuing horsemen soon race INTO VIEW. ANNE And when he looks at you. break in half to give chase. Porthos and Aramis in the other. CUT TO: 88 INT. thrilled to go with Athos. we discover Anne reclining in a large tiled bath. ATHOS Split in half! D'Artagnan rides with me! D'Artagnan nods. Athos sizes up the situation. ANNE And when he's around. Behind a maze of gauze screens. do your knees feel as weak as water? CONSTANCE Yes.

A warm beat. Your Majesty? ANNE What an impertinent question. peers ahead) You're right. (CONTINUED) 88 . She wonders: ANNE Who is he? CONSTANCE You'll never believe it. ANNE The young man on the scaffold? CONSTANCE Yes. ANNE Of course I will. CONSTANCE Are you in love. ANNE (turns back in the water. Anne turns to Constance. CONSTANCE You won't. I don't believe it. soap and water swirl about her naked body. ANNE Who? CONSTANCE The young man who rescued us from the bandit. Anne and Constance are friends as much as they are Queen and subject.82. CONSTANCE (thrilled by the knowledge. ANNE Then you're in love. 88 CONTINUED: CONSTANCE Yes. knew it all alone) I am.

CUT TO: 89 INT. now bows. ANNE Constance. CONSTANCE When he looks at you. do you forget how to breathe? A beat. were as 88 ANNE My love..DAY (LATER) Anne steps to a dressing chamber. have you seen my. she replies: ANNE I hope he will someday. (CONTINUED) 89 I hope . If only her life.. Wistful. HOLD ON Anne for a beat. It's complicated. Cardinal Richelieu waits for her in the dressing chamber. Constance teases: CONSTANCE Do you think about him all the time? ANNE (playing along) As Queen. I will too. QUEEN'S BATH . wearing a long robe. arranging her thick wet hair into braids. assumes a supplicant air.? Anne stops short. my mind touches on many subjects.. And Anne is a girl of eighteen again.83. A sad beat. her emotions. not Queen. CONSTANCE Do your knees feel as weak as water? ANNE Never. is a matter of state.. simple. 88 CONTINUED: (2) CONSTANCE Are you? Anne pauses.

happiness.. (CONTINUED) . Richelieu reacts with quiet pleasure.. ANNE What do you mean? RICHELIEU The Huguenot rebellion. RICHELIEU I need your help. And could not in good conscience wait another minute. Richelieu allows the jest. occupation in the Antilles and Cayenne. husband. ANNE No. chooses her words with care. 89 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU Your Majesty. The coming war with France. ANNE Cardinal. ANNE On what matter? RICHELIEU Your. forgive me. remains silent. As Your Eminence has been kind enough to advise me.. These are not the usual hobbies of youth. ANNE Of course...84.. (nods assent) It's the least I can do. He steps closer. watchful. ANNE (remembering Richelieu's last encounter with Louis) Your King. Anne resumes. ANNE You want my help? RICHELIEU Yes. 89 RICHELIEU I am worried about the King's.

Anne considers. (beat) He will listen to you. If you will speak. The conversation's conspiratorial tone begins to disturb her. turns back toward the chambers. if you'll excuse me.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) Richelieu 89 . RICHELIEU Of course.. appropriate. RICHELIEU Which is exactly why we must celebrate. Anne nods. I. 89 CONTINUED: (2) RICHELIEU And now he wishes to postpone his birthday celebration. ANNE Why? RICHELIEU He feels it is not. To show France. (off her look) To show the world that the King of France is strong enough to face any enemy on any field. Anne senses hidden agenda. replies.. intrigues below the surface. noncommittal: ANNE I will speak to him.. ANNE Now. that he is King.85. RICHELIEU Your Majesty? (off her look) Please understand that I do not underestimate the value of your assistance.. calls after. ANNE It sounds as though he is concerned with more important matters.. Richelieu makes his case with forceful eloquence. seeming loyalty.

LOUIS Why? (CONTINUED) 92 91 90 89 . Your Majesty.DAY Infantry troops drill outside the King's palace. They make him feel uncomfortable. practicing muskets and sabers. greets him with displeasure. 89 CONTINUED: (3) RICHELIEU (CONT'D) And that I wish for you to consider -. pulls her robe more tightly about her body. CUT TO: 90 EXT. his red cape swirling behind him. (quietly. as if to justify) For France. Anne feels a chill. Richelieu steps away. LOUVRE (PARIS) . Even for an instant. Richelieu appears. CUT TO: 91 INT. fresh from his encounter with the fact. THRONE ROOM AND GREAT HALL Louis watches from a balcony. Louis speaks with renewed determination.. the increasing number of Cardinal's Guards on duty.86. fresh from his encounter with the Queen. THRONE ROOM . that's impossible. Louis looks up. to know -all that you and I might accomplish.. 92 INT. Louis glances at the throne room. Together.DAY Louis watches from a balcony. Richelieu appears. Richelieu never allows the mask to slip. LOUIS Why is it I don't see any of my Musketeers? RICHELIEU I'm afraid. but I was wrestling with an important matter of state. RICHELIEU I'm sorry to be late.

his face a mask of innocence. moves on to another matter of business.depose you -. LOUIS Your Eminence.. 92 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU They have become outlaws. RICHELIEU They are better off disbanded. Louis can't believe it. His mood glum and lonely. RICHELIEU No mistake. produces a sheaf of papers. No doubt counterfeit. He takes the papers into his hands. They are terrorizing the countryside. not the least bit concerned. LOUIS It does seem rather farfetched. reacts with sadness.87. robbing and killing innocent people. Is it the one about my alleged alliance with Buckingham? Let's see if I remember it correctly. Richelieu. While the English attack from without.and become sovereign of France myself. RICHELIEU There are so many to choose from. LOUIS Musketeers. ever prepared. Louis turns back to the balcony. He sighs. Your Majesty? Richelieu smiles. Richelieu nods. I have reports from the local constables involved.. That rumor. LOUIS There must be some mistake. But Louis has no way of knowing. I've been hearing some very troubling rumors about you. I'll undermine the throne from within -. the soldiers marching below. (CONTINUED) 92 .

DAY Porthos and Aramis ride hard. rein their horses to a stop.88. RICHELIEU I have an idea. they'll be put to rest when we appear together at your birthday celebration. LOUIS I'm not so eager. Why don't you discuss the matter with your Queen? Louis looks up. CUT TO: 93 EXT. PORTHOS And you? ARAMIS (in kind) Ten. (CONTINUED) 93 92 . ready for this as well) Your subjects are eager to celebrate the birth of their King at a time like this. twenty at the most. They crest the top of a bluff. As Richelieu draws him deeper into his spider's strategems. ARAMIS My horse will not survive another league.. wonders. Porthos looks into the near distance. FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE . 92 CONTINUED: (2) RICHELIEU If there are any doubts of my loyalty.. They can afford to rest for a moment. RICHELIEU (alert. A birthday celebration when we're on the brink of war. LOUIS I've been thinking about that. manages a weary smile. Their pursuit is at least a mile behind them. look back over their shoulders.

93 At the bottom of the hill: a crude ferry lands at the bank of a swift. Couldn't my child ride free? She's so small.a wooden platform. and a country WOMAN and her child. a hunched and weatherbeaten gnome. CUT TO: 94 EXT. the trip to the other shore takes nearly five minutes. Transport is slow.. A nice. FERRYMAN Two pistoles. choppy river. ARAMIS Put away your money. madame. collects the coins they toss to his way.. 93 CONTINUED: PORTHOS Here's just the thing. The Ferryman. bows and scrapes to the Cavaliers. an experienced boot-licker. You and your child will cross the river under our protection.DAY 94 The ferry is an open flatboat -.. WOMAN But I only have one. FERRYMAN (hand outstretched.89. demanding) Two pistoles. A courtly voice intervenes. FERRYMAN A privilege to carry you on my humble boat. For free. (CONTINUED) . As the flatboat enters its slip. rudely jostling the Woman and her child to the rear. Four passengers wait to be carried across -. the two Cavaliers urge their horses on board. piloted by its FERRYMAN. RIVER AND FERRY LANDING .. relaxing boat ride.TWO GENTLEMAN CAVALIERS on horseback. As Porthos and Aramis arrive. about fifteen-by-twenty feet. The Ferryman turns a greedy eye on the Woman and child. the flatboat is just returning. It travels from one shore to the other by means of a ferry rope.

My what a lovely little girl. This way. FERRYMAN Musketeers? Well. spittle flies as he curses and protests. Porthos and Aramis have gotten away.90. 95 HILL AND SHORE The pursuers charge down the hill and ride to the end of the dock but they're too late.Just who do you think you are!! ARAMIS (waits for the tirade to cease. 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. The Ferryman is outraged. pretty madame. The Ferryman does. The rope splits and the ferryboat lurches away from the dock.into cringing. FERRYMAN Nobody rides for free! Under your protection bloody well indeed! I'll teach you a thing or two about protection! Applecheeked young fools!! -. obedient servant. PORTHOS We sail! And with that. Porthos at his side. simply) Musketeers. why didn't you say so? Of course you'll ride for free.. 95 94 . Two two Cavaliers react to the word.. The Woman reacts with grateful surprise. 94 CONTINUED: All turn to regard Aramis on horseback. Porthos takes the sharp edge of his boomerang and brings it down on the dock rope. I insist on it. too -.

Would you gentlemen care to drink a toast with us to the Cardinal? PORTHOS We'd be happy to. PORTHOS I'll object. by your dress and by your manner. PORTHOS Let's see. SECOND CAVALIER But the only King we recognize. PORTHOS Popularity has its price. All right.the two Cavaliers watch them with keen interest. FIRST CAVALIER Happily. 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. PORTHOS If you'll drink one with us to the King.91. FIRST CAVALIER You're those Musketeers everyone's been looking for. You are. here. no such objections have been raised. Porthos produces a bottle from under his cloak. The First Cavalier smiles. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .. is the Cardinal. Aramis ties scarves around the horses' eyes to blindfold them for the crossing. ARAMIS There are those who would call that treason.. FIRST CAVALIER I have some excellent brandy here. 96 SECOND CAVALIER I'm listening. produces a flask.. 96 FLATBOAT Porthos laughs and taunts the angry pursuers. Then he turns around and sees what Aramis is already seeing -..

I'm impressed. the Musketeers have an additional disadvantage -. 97 FIGHT 97 96 The middle of a river on a rocking flatboat is not the best place for a duel. ARAMIS Well said. Porthos deadpans: PORTHOS Maybe there's something about us that just pisses people off. PORTHOS I was momentarily inspired.92. The Cavaliers are excellent swordsmen. They attack with everything they've got. The Cavaliers have already pulled out their swords. Slipping. 96 CONTINUED: PORTHOS (CONT'D) (beat) Piss is piss. And. and falling.. At least I'd like to think so. no matter what robes surround it. FIRST CAVALIER May I reply? ARAMIS (courtly) By all means. Which is to say. his lips white with fury.they must keep the Woman and child clear of the flashing blades. a Musketeer. Porthos and Aramis now reach for their own. sliding. It's too bad we can only kill them once. The Cavaliers are not amused.. that most muddy-brained of all men. Ninnyhammers. But the combatants make the most of it. FIRST CAVALIER Better to be a dog in the service of a great master. 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. as if that were not enough. (CONTINUED) . The first replies in measured tones.

. the deep river beyond. The two Cavaliers are soon vanquished. stops the child's desperate progress with one arm while continuing to do battle with the other. slides toward the low end of the flatboat.and at one point.blindfolded horses. Porthos and Aramis meet at the middle.. ARAMIS (eyes on the opposite shore) Porthos. gradually reducing his opponent to tatters. is a patrol of Cardinal's Guards. PORTHOS But. Aramis duels with the expected artistry. swords and muskets already drawn. over -. groaning on the flatboat deck.93. ARAMIS Porthos. not to mention unfair.. waiting patiently... He returns child to Mother with a grin.. At one juncture. PORTHOS What? Aramis indicates the opposite shore as the flatboat approaches it... breathless. Porthos complains: PORTHOS I've been called a lot of things in my time. the child loses her footing...? (CONTINUED) 97 No. 97 CONTINUED: Porthos drives his opponent about the flatboat with a devilish grin. chases him between -. PORTHOS But beef-witted is a little more than I can stand.. Aramis executes a neat sidestep. ARAMIS That'll do. There. .. ARAMIS Can you swim? PORTHOS (doesn't like the sound of this) My horse can. continues.

and see yet another (or perhaps the same) patrol of Cardinal's Guards. the horses slip upon the wet deck as they guide them to the edge.94. Aramis and Porthos grin.. Porthos looks down at his latest sash -. two -. Porthos manages a wink as he floats into the distance.. no. and gyrating whirlpools. Aramis draws his saber. step toward dry land.. swords drawn.. ARAMIS A nice relaxing boat ride. a leafy shore beyond. ARAMIS AND PORTHOS One. No. lived to the fullest. follows suit.destroyed like the others. Waiting. the Ferryman look on. PORTHOS Please. and the deep rapids up ahead. mutters. huge boulders.. After you. for their arrival. They count. Porthos clinging to his horse for dear life. The Woman whispers after: Thank you. 99 RIVER A wild ride down the ROARING RIVER. walls of white water.. They lead their horses from the water. WOMAN God speed. ARAMIS You go first and I'll watch your progress. they can't help it.. takes off the blindfold. 98 ON SHORE The Cardinal's Guards react with anger and disbelief.. as the Woman and child. 97 CONTINUED: (2) 97 Aramis hurries to his horse. Life is an adventure. Aramis keeping an eye on his fellow Musketeer. Aramis and Porthos finally reach a quiet pool.three! And with that. Porthos grumbles after. Through twists and turns. They leap atop their mounts. (CONTINUED) 99 98 . Aramis and Porthos guide their horses into the raging river. Stalemate... Then.

The forest around them is dark and primeval. Athos rides into the forest. He promised to take me on my tenth birthday. clear water. It'll find you soon enough. watering their horses. WIDEN to reveal d'Artagnan and Athos at a shallow pond. as always. The nearness of death. DENSE FOREST . And when it does -. Aramis and Porthos charge towards the Guards. The thrill of the hunt. just the two of us. To the point. D'Artagnan hurries to CUT TO: . 99 CONTINUED: And with that. Athos is unmoved. remembers: D'ARTAGNAN My father used to hunt in a forest like this. CUT TO: 100 EXT. D'Artagnan pauses to look at their beautiful surroundings. follow. Only d'Artagnan is the hunted. But he died before I could go with him. quiet cynicism: He replies with 100 99 ATHOS Well. ATHOS I just wanted to save you from the life of a Musketeer. Something about a boy becoming a man. You don't have to go looking for experience.95. I'd lay in bed at night and imagine it. or so it would seem. You have your boyhood wish at last. I don't know why he picked that year. D'ARTAGNAN Do you think we've lost them? ATHOS They'll catch up eventually. not the will mark you forever.DAY Cool. The dark forest. d'Artagnan. D'ARTAGNAN I'd be proud to die for my King.

The climb is fast and treacherous. Athos' horse is struck by a bullet. Sunbeams shoot down through thick branches like golden bars. Go on without me. D'ARTAGNAN A duel then. FOREST . ATHOS Ride to Calais and stop the Cardinal's agent. leap from their mounts.. 101 EXT.96. D'ARTAGNAN I can't leave you here. retains his mount. A SHOT grazes d'Artagnan's shoulder.. The horesmen FIRE PISTOLS as they ride. They are badly outnumbered.. A few days ago. almost peaceful. d'Artagnan would have obeyed without question. Not like this. see SIX HORSEMEN CRASHING through the glade. Stalemate. D'Artagnan leaps off his horse. takes cover with Athos behind the boulders. GUNFIRE all around them. but not for long. And then: THUNDERING HOOFBEATS. if nothing else. But not here. The horsemen creep slowly up the hillside. he staggers. Athos points his pistol at d'Artagnan. FIRES a SHOT. 102 ANOTHER ANGLE Athos and d'Artagnan GALLOP through the dense forest. and collapses just as they reach the crest. SHOTS WHIZ back and forth like angry hornets. Fearful. The others curse. or I'll kill you myself. ATHOS Go. A pastoral setting. Athos and d'Artagnan turn in surprise. from tree to tree. Athos leads them up a hillside. and kills one of the horsemen below.DAY 101 Athos leads d'Artagnan through the forest. I can't. Athos turns to d'Artagnan as he reloads: ATHOS I'll hold them off for as long as I can. D'ARTAGNAN Athos. not now.. seek cover. a series of boulders at the top. (CONTINUED) 102 . Athos takes aim. staggers forward.

ATHOS Go! Athos turns away. GALLOPS away.. And that there is no use arguing with him. D'Artagnan He knows Athos . Tails. D'ARTAGNAN (a choke of emotion) I'll never forget you. And looks between. That Athos cannot fully express it. He produces a gold coin.? Athos reloads. yet proud) Don't let us down.97. hasn't got a chance. They clasp hands.. ATHOS I stay. D'Artagnan is to remain. D'ARTAGNAN We never finished the first.. ATHOS All right. runs to his MOUNT. Athos FIRES off another SHOT. There are tears in d'Artagnan's eyes. D'ARTAGNAN At least take my pistol. ATHOS (gruff. FIRES below. missing a beat. D'ARTAGNAN But. Athos looks up without 103 102 Athos returns the coin to his doublet without giving d'Artagnan a chance to see. SHOOTS at another horseman. slams it between palm and hand.. Musketeer. I'll toss a coin. 102 CONTINUED: ATHOS You're insane. heads you remain. D'Artagnan recognizes the kindness he has received. Tails I stay. He gives it to Athos. 103 ATHOS AND HIS POV Heads. flips. Agreed? D'Artagnan nods.

then closes them. As long as the SHOTS continue. we can make out other shapes. d'Artagnan's body. d'Artagnan passes out. He appears to be injured. A signpost announces: CALAI 15 LEAGUES. and the horses are brought to a halt just short of trampling d'Artagnan. It is d'Artagnan. he knows Athos is alive. We hear HORSES.NIGHT A lonely stretch of road. Abruptly. bodyguards to the carriage's passenger. and rides. Pistols are cocked. D'Artagnan swallows his heart. Henri's shadow falls across 105 104 HENRI It's a young man.. Henri? HENRI (DRIVER) There's a body in the road. CUT TO: 105 EXT. illuminated by moonlight. We hear the CARRIAGE DOOR OPEN. Milady de Winter. Suddenly. tumbles from his saddle.98.a sky filled with stars -. Milady. ROAD TO CALAIS .S. Strong hands grasp d'Artagnan and lift him from the cold ground. The DRIVER brakes. what a handsome boy. Put him inside with me. and lands in the middle of the road.) What is it. MILADY (O.. An exhausted HORSE CLOPS INTO VIEW. CUT TO: .) Be careful. rugged men on horseback. 104 D'ARTAGNAN He rides. MILADY (O. straining to hear the sounds of GUNFIRE. FOOTSTEPS to d'Artagnan's MILADY (O.) My. its rider half-conscious in the saddle. side. In the darkness.S. the SHOTS CEASE.S. and the CREAK of a CARRIAGE APPROACHING. He opens his eyes once -. He can barely keep his eyes open.

D'Artagnan continues. uncertain: D'ARTAGNAN Where am I.. A FIRE ROARS in the grate. and no doubt deadly.BLACK SCREEN 106 Out of the darkness. even more beautiful in CLOSEUP.? MILADY This is Calais. to self) The ship. He looks around the large room.. D'ARTAGNAN (with a jolt) Calais! (muttered. still groggy. She smiles warmly. saw you in Paris. ivory combs gleam in her hair. Tuesday at midnight. regaining his senses. 107 ANOTHER ANGLE reveals the interior of a bed chamber at a roadside inn.. finds himself propped up in a large bed. He blinks into the face of Milady who sits at the edge. D'ARTAGNAN (frantic) Where are my clothes? (CONTINUED) MILADY Did you dream? 107 . D'Artagnan notices that his shoulder has been bandaged.. It is Milady de Winter. BLURRY and OBSCURED. Welcome back. MILADY Have we met? D'ARTAGNAN I. Familiar. D'Artagnan leaps out of bed.. Food and drink have been set upon a table. D'Artagnan gathers a bedsheet around him. His eyes widen with recognition.. slowly swimming INTO FOCUS. Milady smiles..99. a face appears. Then realizes he is stark naked. It FILLS the SCREEN.. D'ARTAGNAN You. 106 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV . D'Artagnan. faint awe.

She wears a sky blue dressing gown. MILADY It's Tuesday. Is something wrong? D'ARTAGNAN What day is it? What time?! D'Artagnan runs to a window. Discarded. Milady rises from the bed. joins him at the window.. smiles. and throws open the shutters. get here? MILADY I found you in the road. something soft and silken beneath it. Like an unwanted kitten. I'm having them cleaned. MILADY Are you in a hurry? D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) How did I.100. a BELL TOLLS the HOUR. MILADY D'Artagnan. Nine? D'ARTAGNAN Are you sure? Milady 107 Somewhere in the night. near nine. Milady. Enjoying his discomfort. I am the Countess de Winter. D'ARTAGNAN Countess? MILADY My husband's dead. 107 CONTINUED: MILADY Filthy. Beyond: the harbor lights of the Port of Calais.. MILADY Quite sure. D'Artagnan relaxes slightly. Milady crosses the room. Do you have a name or shall I make one up for you? D'ARTAGNAN (nervous) My name is d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan reacts perceptibly. I like that. (CONTINUED) .

All in a single reply. I've got. MILADY I have learned to live with death. MILADY How mysterious. D'ARTAGNAN An hour? MILADY I told the innkeeper to bring them when they are dry. Would the prisoner care for a drink? Milady crosses to the table. D'Artagnan hesitates. seduction. and just a hint of danger. he is not immune to her charms. (CONTINUED) . Until then. then: D'ARTAGNAN Countess.. MILADY Does it require clothes? Yes..? D'ARTAGNAN Important business. 107 CONTINUED: (2) D'ARTAGNAN I'm sorry. A handsome young man with 'important business' in the still of night.. I'm very grateful for what you've done. She manages to combine sympathy.. 107 MILADY They won't be ready for at least an hour. As she passes by the fire. food and drink upon it. I'm afraid you are my prisoner. D'ARTAGNAN I need my clothes.101. her dressing gown seems to disappear. revealing a silhouette that makes d'Artagnan's heart stop. MILADY What. but I can't stay here. Does it involve a young lady? D'ARTAGNAN No.

pleased. offers a smile that dazzles and burns. RICHELIEU (dry. and eat and drink. turns to face him. never coy) I am. (soft seductively) I love a good adventure. perhaps even move me.. and enters its box. Milady pours wine into glasses. A hand reaches in and removes the bird. and you may impress. He lifts it to the light. He 109 (CONTINUED) . peers at the message. CUT TO: 108 EXT. without the risk of loss. MILADY Good. Then we will sit by the fire. thirsty. then steps to her.NIGHT A room as cold as the man who owns it. Richelieu enters with the message. and slashes the air. Richelieu unpeels the message on its leg. D'Artagnan hesitates. there is a life-sized portrait of the King. with the story of how you came to lie unconscious. 107 CONTINUED: (3) D'ARTAGNAN (always innocent.NIGHT 108 And 107 A CARRIER PIGEON FLUTTERS out of the dark sky. looks up.102. cleaning d'Artagnan's sword. re: Rochefort's fencing) The wonderful thing about an imaginary opponent is that he is always greatly skilled. on the road to Calais. He stands. Rochefort occupies a window seat. The pride of victory. duels with an imaginary opponent. CARDINAL'S PRIVATE CHAMBER . Behind Richelieu's desk. The little door on the other side opens. Richelieu sits at his desk. CUT TO: 109 INT. If only life were like that.. and always easily defeated. ROOF OF PALAIS CARDINAL (PARIS) . in the middle of the night.

Richelieu pours two glasses of port.? RICHELIEU (knowingly) Will proceed as well. And drink.. D'Artagnan drains his cup. MILADY'S CHAMBER AT INN . speaks quietly. ROCHEFORT The King's birthday celebration.NIGHT 110 109 D'Artagnan and Milady face each other on a rug in front of the roaring fire. D'Artagnan speaks quietly. The plate of food between them is empty. ROCHEFORT I told you not to worry about the Musketeers... Milady speaks quietly. Rochefort steps closer. Thanks to the kind intercession of Queen Anne.? RICHELIEU Will proceed as planned. offers one to Rochefort. They drink wine from goblets. allows him to continue. and stares into the burning embers.103. RICHELIEU Buckingham's signature will be on the treaty by morning. They turn. D'ARTAGNAN I was thinking about my friends. CUT TO: 110 INT. ROCHEFORT And our plans. They are dead by now. her kindness. the wine. The warm room. from the heart: (CONTINUED) . All conspire to loosen his tongue. 109 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU Milady has reached Calais. She looks at d'Artagnan with gentle expression. Milady knows when to speak. raise their glasses to the King's portrait. with seeming compassion: MILADY You are sad.. and when to listen.

I know. it's a lonely vigil. or to celebrate the outcome. and reveals: (CONTINUED) 110 . He wants her to know how brave he is. MILADY (looks up. laughs lightly) I've heard that one before. D'Artagnan acts accordingly. filled with handsome knights and beautiful ladies... to mourn. But I can't. I know from experience. I'm afraid I'll never see them again. make it very brave. D'ARTAGNAN I'm serious. 110 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN The three best friends a man could have... if you would like to entertain me with a story. We were separated on our way to Calais. D'ARTAGNAN (after a beat) All I can tell you is. MILADY 'Important business. He wants to impress her. And please. I'm on a mission for the King. assumes a more vulnerable pose. MILADY What brings you here? D'ARTAGNAN I'd like to tell you.' D'Artagnan nods. Men make bold plans in secret. I'm eager to hear it. MILADY I understand. MILADY You are a young man. She looks down. And Milady is well aware of it. And women wait. And young men are given to exaggeration. However.104. a dragon -There is nothing a man is more loathe to experience than a woman who does not take him seriously.

And midnight as it approaches.. MILADY (alert. MILADY Then what am I? (CONTINUED) 110 . MILADY I'm dangerous. D'ARTAGNAN You did? MILADY Of course. D'ARTAGNAN A Musketeer is not afriad of danger.. I knew you were a Musketeer the moment I saw you. (with sudden concern) But. though d'Artagnan doesn't see it) A spy. MILADY I believe you. can almost feel her lips upon him. But he resists. if this spy was to find out you are here..? D'ARTAGNAN Yes. (beat) Aren't you afraid? D'ARTAGNAN Musketeers are not afraid of anything.105. D'ARTAGNAN You're not dangerous. 110 CONTINUED: (2) D'ARTAGNAN I came to Calais to stop a spy from sailing to England. You're not afraid of me? Her tone heralds a sudden shift. your life could be in grave danger.. MILADY I knew it. D'Artagnan sees the look in her eyes. There is Constance's memory to consider. d'Artagnan.

MILADY Beauty.just as Milady's arm arcs down toward his neck. cannot deny.. D'Artagnan sees the soft white flesh. Her dressing gown falls open at the top. They are the same. holding a long sharp stick pin. reacts with shock. she will not be denied. D'Artagnan sees it in the nick of time. D'Artagnan resists slightly. parries with his free hand. beautiful. Milady speaks as her finger traces. enough for d'Artagnan to see her breasts as they press against the silk beneath it. she reaches up to her hair. battles for the dagger. danger. 111 ON D'ARTAGNAN He cannot continue. the hour.. Milady covers him with caresses. recognition -. Milady leaps after it. He grabs the dagger. My God. Milady leans close.she bears the brand of the fleur de lis. attached to an ivory comb. And with that. the shoulder of her negligee rips open... Just as Athos told it to him. Constance.106.. runs a fingertip along the line of his jaw. an ivory comb. Milady is the messenger he is seeking. The infamous mark of the murderess. Milady staggers after. hands outstretched. 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. D'Artagnan follows. rolls to the side. but she presses closer. knocking the dagger to the rug. 111 110 D'ARTAGNAN . (CONTINUED) Not so long ago. a confusion he D'ARTAGNAN I'm sorry -D'Artagnan pulls back -. 110 CONTINUED: (3) D'ARTAGNAN You're.. almost a dagger. D'Artagnan nearly chokes on the knowledge.

appear. though she doesn't know it. He holds out his hands. Parker disposes of d'Artagnan with lightning speed. the martial arts. Parker hoists d'Artagnan to his feet. unwilling to fight the man with an unfair advantage. Then. adjusts her hair. d'Artagnan thinks fast. But a surprise waits for you in England. The young man is unfamiliar with. Henri picks up the dagger with bad intentions.. D'Artagnan looks at the dagger in his right hand. But I do not know if you are clever.. brutally efficient blows. MILADY D'Artagnan. Duly deceived. Parker holds him fast. That even Buckingham can't prevent. he tosses the dagger to the side. 111 CONTINUED: MILADY (crying out) Parker!! The chamber door flies open. vain. Henri steps forward. and commands: MILADY Kill him. and foolish.107. Henri and Parker. Parker faces d'Artagnan with a half-smile. (MORE) (CONTINUED) And 111 . And steps toward him. You are young. Milady straightens her dressing gown. A series of unexpected kicks. Except to suggest the existence of a secret he is bravely keeping. MILADY (stops Henri with a gesture) What. D'Artagnan's expression reveals nothing. Milady changes her mind. D'ARTAGNAN You can kill me. surprise? D'ARTAGNAN That's one thing I'll never tell you. steps forward to meet him. both empty. and no match for. dazed. the IndoChinese bodyguard. MILADY We'll take him with us.

INN . speeds away in the direction of the harbor. She is followed by d'Artagnan.. roused from sleep.surprise. But when she reaches the landing. In the driver's seat. 113 ANGLE TO INCLUDE MILADY AND HER POV 113 The innkeeper. 111 CONTINUED: (2) MILADY (CONT'D) (to d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan sees Milady's reaction -. and just a hint of fear.. Armand grabs him by the collar. It is a long voyage. now clothed. and looks at the tavern below.the son of the man Milady killed in Paris. Milady leads them down the hall. is engaged in urgent conversation with Armand de Winter -. dressed for travel.NEAR DAWN 112 111 Milady emerges from her room.NIGHT Milady's coach emerges from the carriage house. The innkeeper shakes his head.108. Hurry! They change directions. with a nod at Parker) Parker will devise ways to convince you to share your final secret with me. INN .UPPER HALL AND LANDING . CUT TO: 112 INT. Henri whips the horses. d'Artagnan catches a glimpse of Armand de Winter below. CUT TO: 114 . driving them onward. impatience. and wearing a nightshirt. CUT TO: 114 EXT. HENRI The bodyguards are waiting outside. Milady's eyes show nothing but cold cruelty. As he is pulled away. Milady's seven bodyguards follow on horseback. Henri presses the blade of a knife against d'Artagnan's side. Milady commands: MILADY The back stairs. He is flanked by Henri and Parker. she draws back with surprise.

let alone displaying to the world around her. CARRIAGE .. Honor. D'Artagnan studies her pale.. what did he want? MILADY (hollow laugh) Justice. D'Artagnan has reminded her of the one thing in the world that still touches her heart. D'Artagnan looks at her with a steady gaze. D'ARTAGNAN I think he's not the first husband you killed. Remembers Athos' tale of love and loss. apprehension. But she does not react with anger or scorn. and speaks: D'ARTAGNAN The man at the inn. Milady? MILADY What do you think? A beat. He blames me for de Winter's death. He thinks I murdered him. beautiful face. MILADY I know. 115 INT.NIGHT 115 D'Artagnan and Parker sit across from Milady. one of the Counts of Berry. D'ARTAGNAN Why? MILADY He is the brother of my late husband. Emotions she is not used to feeling. she turns to the carriage window. CUT TO: .109. D'ARTAGNAN Did you murder your husband... Revenge. of beauty and danger.. Milady cannot conceal it... Milady cannot hold it.. The truth strikes home. Lord de Winter. And the saddest. He was the bravest man I've ever known. D'Artagnan sees his opening. Her face betrays faint doubt. (off her look) I once knew a man. He told me a story.

The carriage comes to a stop. There is a mel117 116 MILADY What's the matter. Permission to come aboard. MILADY Well. ancholy air about him. Henri helps Milady out of the carriage. 116 EXT. you'll soon be joining them. ready for any encounter. PIER . poking out of the gloom. There is no reply. CALAIS . A name can be made out on her barnacled hull. CUT TO: 117 EXT. HARBOR OF CALAIS . her boarding gangplank leading to the soupy darkness of her deck. Their lanterns glow gloomily. Milady's return to form does not surprise. D'Artagnan takes in his surroundings.NIGHT The lights of the harbor are muted by low-hanging fog. HENRI We are the Countess de Winter's party. CUT TO: 118 EXT. They look around the pier. which is little more than an outline in the fog.NIGHT Milady's carriage turns down a steep lane that leads to the harbor. d'Artagnan? Still hoping for your friends to ride to the rescue? D'ARTAGNAN My friends are dead. We see the outline of a ship waiting at the pier. Milady's bodyguards dismount. arrived from Paris. D'Artagnan follows. d'Artagnan (CONTINUED) . Persephone. The fog is so thick that only the masts of the schooners can be seen. If it's any consolation. Parker shoves d'Artagnan toward the fog-enshrouded ship. A motley bunch of sinister killers.NIGHT 118 Henri calls out to the ship. strains to see. Closely guarded by Parker.110. six of them.

He addresses one of the crew. followed by the others. DECK OF THE PERSEPHONE . then dropping feet first on top of Milady's Bodyguards. slicing through the air. like the tall figure. deaf? Henri goes to shake the man. demands: HENRI What are you. Milady nods to Henri. Henri jumps back in alarm. The tall figure does not reply. and the man pitches forward. confront the other silent silhouettes. They.S. Milady and the others react. Parker.. falling face first on the deck. HENRI Take us to your captain. He steps up the narrow gangplank. D'Artagnan stands open-mouthed.111. They swing on the ends of ropes.S. BODYGUARD What is this? Milady's Bodyguards rush around the deck. Henri peers into the gloom as he climbs aboard. 118 CONTINUED: VOICE (O. He grabs his arm.) Permission granted. as his three friends draw their swords. CUT TO: 119 EXT.. a tall figure standing nearby. followed by Milady.) Well I certainly hope so. That's when Porthos. and the six bodyguards. After all that hard work. nor does he move.come swooping down from above like avenging angels.NIGHT The deck is filled with swirling fog. The limp bodies topple at their touch. ARAMIS (calling to him) You look like you've seen a ghost. (CONTINUED) . are dead. and Aramis -. d'Artagnan. The Bodyguards shout alarm and panic: Dead! BODYGUARDS They're all dead! Henri 119 118 PORTHOS (O.

ATHOS Keep your mind on the mission. Athos with brutal perfection. And Aramis with familiar grace and artistry -and a marked determination to disable. 119 CONTINUED: D'ARTAGNAN Two of them. As Parker is about to chop d'Artagnan's head off. at play. PORTHOS Remind me to tell you the story of horses that could fly above raging waters. not kill. Parker has two Oriental swords spinning in his hands. Suitable for the general public. D'ARTAGNAN I thought you were dead. raise your hands! Don't by shy. The Musketeers confront Milady's evil Bodyguards in the night and fog. Milady views the latter with alarm. the Indo-Chinese bodyguard. (CONTINUED) He leaps to his 119 . and Musketeers. Did I miss anything? D'Artagnan almost cries with happiness. his opponents. PORTHOS All right then. shouting as he goes. feet and embraces Athos. In the mist Athos is revealed! ATHOS Sorry I'm late. Porthos wades into the Bodyguards. D'Artagnan follows. d'Artagnan. And finds himself face to face with Parker.112. returns to the fray. Porthos with strange weapons and a healthy sense of the absurd. One knocks d'Artagnan's sword out of his hand. A heroic tale of love. death. All those who wish to die. As the battle rages around her. D'Artagnan does a back flip but falls on the slippery deck. his face grimaces as he is lifted on a sword OUT OF FRAME. turns to join the fray. He winks at d'Artagnan. there's plenty to go around! D'Artagnan grabs a sword from the deck. she retreats into the shadows.

DECK OF PERSEPHONE . Aramis doesn't miss a beat -.the usual frenetic windmill of feint and thrust -. The two Sailors pull out daggers. even as he disables his own foe. take advantage of it.NIGHT Two SAILORS.NIGHT The two Sailors find themselves in the middle of a wild battle. D'ARTAGNAN Find the weakness. always find your enemy's weakness. who wears a wooden leg. SAILOR That's our ship. (CONTINUED) 121 120 . Athos kicks the false leg out from under him. Aramis kneels at a dying man. delivers a punch and kick. CUT TO: 120 EXT. They see and hear the mayhem ahead. continues the litany. delivers muttered last rites. 119 CONTINUED: (2) 119 Athos and d'Artagnan find themselves fighting side by side. Got it. crew members of the Persephone. attacks Athos. One of the Bodyguards. D'ARTAGNAN What do you mean? ATHOS First. means to kill him where he kneels. Watch me. They look around for someone to assault. CUT TO: 121 EXT. knocks him to the deck. A SPLASH is heard. return to the ship after a night's drunk. knocking the man off the ship to the water below. They charge.113. rises. and bound up the gangplank. PIER . see a large Musketeer with his back turned. And Aramis resumes a priestly pose. D'Artagnan repeats. Athos observes d'Artagnan's technique -.he shifts. A Bodyguard races INTO VIEW. Second.with a frown. ATHOS Boy.. it's a miracle you're still alive fighting like that.. Take advantage.

114. sabers flash. (CONTINUED) 123 122 . But before he can reply. the youth has bolted back to the fray. D'ARTAGNAN The spy. D'ARTAGNAN Porthos the Pirate? Privateer. Every Musketeer is running from something or someone. and flee into the foggy night. 121 CONTINUED: 121 Porthos hears them coming. D'Artagnan grins nearby. BOTH SAILORS Porthos the Pirate!! With a collective "yah!" the two Sailors drop their daggers. ATHOS Did you kill him? Athos. D'Artagnan deadpans: D'ARTAGNAN I love a good sea story. me sometime. PORTHOS There's a difference. is a woman. spins. PISTOLS EXPLODE. 123 BACK TO SCENE Athos drives several Bodyguards back with his sword. Do tell Porthos reacts to d'Artagnan's jest. PORTHOS I told you I was famous. Porthos looks about to see if anyone noticed their exit.. The two Sailors stop in their tracks. ATHOS Did you find the Cardinal's spy? D'ARTAGNAN Yes.. notices d'Artagnan working his way towards him. 122 HIGH ANGLE The battle raging aboard the Persephone. eyes popping with horrified recognition.

And gives chase. ATHOS No. A very long beat. Sabine? How did you come back from the dead? (CONTINUED) . leaps into the saddle of another horse. 123 CONTINUED: ATHOS What? Athos turns to d'Artagnan. Athos appears moments later. takes her into his arms. sees a figure at the gangplank. Milady peers at his face. They fall to the ground with a crash. Milady scrambles to her feet. HARBOR ROAD . with love. Time stops as they regard each other across the deck. grips the dagger's handle. the battle between. wonders. leaps from his saddle. She will not kill him. ATHOS How did you do it. Milady runs down the gangplank. Athos races after. swathed in fog and diffuse light. PIER . runs toward a dark forest. Finally. Athos. CUT TO: 125 EXT. then turns to face him. Milady grabs the deadly comb from her hair. with hate: MILADY Athos. Milady takes a step closer. vulnerable in the halflight.NIGHT 125 124 123 Milady whips her horse. But Athos overtakes.NIGHT With the speed and grace of a panther. drives it onward. and gallops off. And lowers the dagger. Milady turns and runs into the night. And at that moment. Milady.115. stunned from breaking their fall. CUT TO: 124 EXT. climbs into the saddle of one of her Bodyguard's horses. Athos holds his musket in a steady hand. she whispers. rolls to his side. But Athos stands and shouts: ATHOS Stop!! Milady takes a halting step.

MILADY I remember. CUT TO: 126 INT. ATHOS Then I will shoot. Athos grips the pistol tighter. (CONTINUED) 126 . but it is not in him... ATHOS I did not. Athos cocks the trigger. I learned the value of lies soon after. Porthos..PUBLIC ROOM . too. and Aramis arrive on the scene. He has ridden. They gather around a table. their love.NIGHT The public room is empty. MILADY No. Milady whispers: 125 MILADY And aim for my heart. Milady speaks softly. and where it led them. Count.. and he has followed. The past.. She turns and runs away.. directly into the arms of Armand de Winter.116. He tries to pull the trigger. You were too proud to listen to the truth. MILADY No. 125 CONTINUED: MILADY A kind gentleman took pity on me. Athos' face is a mask of contradiction. Aramis holds the treaty in his gloved hand. and he has finally found her here. As d'Artagnan. save for d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers.. everything. Be kind.. The mood is somber and tense. before she leaves him. as if to ward off the past and what it brings. ATHOS Give me the Cardinal's treaty. Milady recognizes his pain with a nod. Then. ARMAND Countess de Winter. briefly. She feels it. INN (CALIAIS) .

D'Artagnan. Aramis.NIGHT 127 126 A fire burns in the grate. and steps to Milady. Their hot reflection dances in her pale blue eyes.117. ARMAND (a beat. He has been silent throughout. Athos' face grows dark. Milady sits beside it in a chair. He crosses to the door. Milady stares at the fire. opens it. (CONTINUED) . ATHOS I know someone who does. her eyes on the flames. 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. and Porthos watch in grim silence as Athos crosses the room to an imposing door. ATHOS I'd like a word with your prisoner. PORTHOS What about the King? ARAMIS He is not mentioned directly. Athos nods. PRIVATE ROOM . CUT TO: 127 INT. staring into the glowing embers. speaks softly. But the agreement is contingent on a 'demonstration' of the Cardinal's power. There is a KNOCK at the door. D'ARTAGNAN A demonstration? What does that mean? ARAMIS I don't know. 126 CONTINUED: ARAMIS The treaty outlines Richelieu's plan to forge an alliance with Buckingham. And Athos steps inside. stands before her. Now he rises to his feet.

ATHOS Did you kill his brother and his father as he says? MILADY (a long beat.118. MILADY Will you spare my life? ATHOS I can't. MILADY No. holds his gaze. Sabine. Milady turns. I was. ATHOS But not before.. Not us. MILADY There was a time when I would've given my life for a kind word. honest at the last) I have become.. Athos kneels at her side. (CONTINUED) 127 . Milady hears the regret in his voice. looks up to face him. ATHOS Tell me. near to pleading: ATHOS Do you know the Cardinal's plans? MILADY Yes. ATHOS I could not give it.. The memory will keep me company. the nightmare you once thought me to be. a fool. 127 CONTINUED: MILADY (quietly sardonic) Did you come to offer me consolation? ATHOS No. Athos indicates Armand in the corner..

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

All For One. CUT TO: 135 EXT. it is the King's birthday. And Porthos and Aramis ride to either side. A glorious sunny day. Townspeople are gathered around. The Captain turns in irritation. A festive mood is in the air. CUT TO: 136 EXT. the familiar eye patch.GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM .DAY As the word is passed to Musketeers in homes and pastures. and deposit him with a thud against a hitching post. in command of the Cardinal's Guards.DAY 137 136 135 134 133 A gathering of nobles and ladies. . PARIS . snatch the man up by the arms. Any person sheltering or aiding them will be hanged -HOOFBEATS interrupt. CAPTAIN . brothels and gaming casinos. Galvanizing them into action. looks down at the piece of parchment now attached to his chest. All For One. They share a common destination. The trumpeteers raise their instruments and blow a royal blast.123. VARIOUS SCENES . the Palace. all in full ceremonial dress. CUT TO: 134 INT./EXT. the aforenamed Musketeers are declared outlaws and are sentenced to death. 133 EXT.DAY The city as SEEN FROM the hills.DAY The citizens of Paris move through the streets. And One For All. CUT TO: 137 INT. Rochefort is there as well. And One For All. The Captain. ANOTHER VILLAGE .DAY A CAPTAIN in the Cardinal's Guard makes a public pronouncement from horseback outside a cathedral. A Seneschal waits at the door with two flanking lines of trumpeteers. And why not. LOUVRE .. drag him briefly through the air.. stunned. LOUVRE .

And when the Cardinal told me how much it meant to you. The King and Queen proceed. The true King after all. the dream at long last within reach.. happy. you were right about the celebration. two teenagers with the world at the feet. more likely. Then. as if to reassure: (CONTINUED) 139 138 . LOUIS They look. ANNE Hungry. smiles. dressed for the occasion. and their retinue enter from a corridor. Constance. LOUIS But. A new King will sit on the throne.. speaks quietly... Noblemen bow.. to himself: RICHELIEU I'm not sure which is sadder. ANTEROOM . RICHELIEU France will not go wanting. and their ladies curtsy as the King and Queen pass..DAY Richelieu stands in an anteroom just off the procession.. Richelieu turns from the procession. 139 INT.. LOUIS Still. ? ANNE The Cardinal expressed in confidence how much the celebration would mean to you. looks on from the sidelines. ANNE I said nothing. to die so young. 138 ENTRANCE DOORS Louis. proceed slowly across the room toward the balcony that overlooks the waiting crowd outside. He says it quiet fervor. Or to die a King. Queen Anne. he watches the King and Queen as they walk...124. Speaks to Rochefort who pauses in the shadowy alcove behind him. Both pause to consider the manipulation...

The crowd focuses its attention on the empty space where the King will soon appear. NEAR LOUVRE . Below. pauses. the entrance to the Palace is protected by a double line of the Cardinal's Guards. Captain.? ATHOS Go! Athos and the others press on. D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers arrive on horseback. D'ARTAGNAN But. 141 140 139 .. CUT TO: 140 EXT. Your Eminence. It would take an army to get past them.. Your Eminence. CUT TO: 141 EXT. checks the buildings that loom overhead. 139 CONTINUED: RICHELIEU Is everything ready? ROCHEFORT Yes. Athos barks orders as they struggle forward: ATHOS (to d'Artagnan) Look through the surrounding area. D'Artagnan. RICHELIEU (a dark beat) Rest assured. resplendent in their crimson tunics. a little disappointed to be left behind. afraid that they will be too late.DAY The balcony has been colorfully decorated. reacts with shock and surprise. They push through the crowd.DAY The streets leading to the Palace are clogged with people. trying to reach the Palace. GROUNDS OUTSIDE LOUVRE . You have.125. Then he starts. all pushing and straining to get closer. We'll try to reach the King. are forced to dismount... RICHELIEU Are you sure? ROCHEFORT I'd stake my life on it.

Richelieu trails the royal couple. raises his musket. LOUVRE . Anne glances back. Above him is the open trap to the bell tower. dangle down the vertiginous shaft. A figure moving about. they have already vanished into the throng. CUT TO: 145 INT. He resumes a supplicant pose. STEEPLE . circular stairs. He nods to Rochefort in passing. hundreds of feet long. The marksman assumes a crouching position. ANNE Then we will discover the truth together.GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . 143 BACK TO SCENE 143 142 D'Artagnan turns to alert the Musketeers. ANNE I do not trust him. and trains it on the empty balcony where the King is soon to appear. but this much is clear. Too late. toward the balcony. D'Artagnan takes off running for the monastery. Anne spots the smirk on Rochefort's face. 144 BELL TOWER HIGH ABOVE the swelling scene. back turned. Richelieu behind them. They step side by side CUT TO: 146 INT. CUT TO: 146 145 144 . dimly-viewed.DAY Louis and Anne continue toward the balcony.126. 142 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV The bell tower of the Carmes-Deschaux monastery. The man is not a monk. LOUIS I'm not sure who to trust.DAY Bell ropes. taking aim. And he is carrying a musket in his hands. He catches a glimpse of the marksman. They exchange significant smiles. D'Artagnan races up the narrow. Louis likes the sound of that.

The crowd roars and the TRUMPETS BLARE. The King steps into the sunlight. But the throng is impenetrable. 147 IN CROWD BELOW 147 Athos.DAY The SHOT misses the King and EXPLODES INTO the WALL an inch from his head. CUT TO: 152 151 150 149 148 . The three most important people in France stand together. looming against the sky. CUT TO: 151 EXT. wonders. using his weight to RING the BELL overhead. And shoots a worried look at the bell tower of the Carmes-Deschaux. trying desperately to reach the Palace entrance. then Richelieu. ear-splitting CLANG -causing the marksman's SHOT to go wild. Porthos. He looks around and sees his chance. and Aramis push their way through the crowd. but it is enough. Athos turns. CUT TO: 148 EXT.DAY D'Artagnan hears the click of the musket's hammer.BALCONY . CUT TO: 152 EXT.. STEEPLE .DAY The BIG BELL makes a resounding. D'Artagnan leaps off the stairs and grabs a handful of rope. and knows he must act now. The cheering down below is like a faint whisper at this altitude. Louis turns to Richelieu -. CUT TO: 150 INT. The marksman cocks the hammer of his flinklock. BELL TOWER . acknowledging the clamoring multitudes. Just for an instant.BALCONY . 149 EXT. LOUVRE .DAY Louis and Anne lead the procession to the doors of the balcony.127. as if to intuit the danger lurking there. The Queen follows. BELL TOWER ..sees anger and disappointment flash on the Cardinal's face. LOUVRE .DAY The marksman takes careful aim.

They remain deadlocked for a beat. They raise their arms. and prepare to rush the long line of Guards protecting the doors. There's a faint CRASH as the marksman hits bottom. The Guards cannot believe what they are seeing. Some from buildings. 153 INT. Musketeers appear from every direction. Two hundred feet to the ground below. And all defiantly wearing their blue and gold tunics. and face the long line of Guards. CUT TO: 155 EXT. the marksman inching d'Artagnan backward. and Aramis emerge from the crowd at the entrance. CUT TO: . But then. rooftops. and tackles the marksman. Others appear on horseback. falls through the open trapdoor.and shoves the marksman backward with a resounding kick. inside and outside the Palace. Porthos. draw their swords. LOUVRE . BELL TOWER . It is a glorious sight. something incredible happens. Some from the surrounding crowd. D'Artagnan peers down the shaft. The corps of Musketeers line up behind Athos.128. a few disguised as monks. Athos. The murmur of the crowd becomes an excited roar. from amusement to horror. It's ridiculous.DAY 153 Pandemonium. 154 THEIR POV Behind Athos. And at the last moment. they fight hand-to-hand. Utilizing the bell ropes like a fireman's pole. Porthos and Aramis exchange a smile. Three men against a hundred./EXT. the looks on Guards' faces begin to change. d'Artagnan summons up the strength of three -. The marksman forces d'Artagnan toward the edge of the tower.. As the BELL CONTINUES TO CLANG. subtly at first. ATHOS Save the King!! The Musketeers charge. The marksman stumbles. and Aramis.. and plunges to his death. A hundred sabers flash in the sunlight. d'Artagnan grabs hold and slides down into the abyss. and Aramis. Athos keeps his usually dour expression. Porthos. certain death behind him.DAY 155 154 D'Artagnan scrambles up through the trapdoor. Porthos. But his eyes are charged with excitement.

puts a protecting arm around his wife. RICHELIEU (a cold whisper) Kill him. But Richelieu has found her first..the great door threatens to split in half. RICHELIEU Your Majesty. Richelieu huddles with Rochefort amid the rising panic. But Louis steps INTO VIEW. seeks the Queen. Kill her.. Rochefort instructs his Guards to close the huge door to the great hall. he gestures toward Louis and Anne across the room. alone. revealing a tide of Musketeers on the other side. LOUIS (to Anne) Get behind me. Rochefort draws d'Artagnan's sword from its sheath. GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . To die for her if necessary. The members of the King's royal court run in panicked circles. 156 INT. 157 ANOTHER ANGLE The great door shudders under the impact of a terrific blow. Louis has witnessed the latter. His eyes narrow to mean slits. He raises his own sword. and Aramis at the lead. prepared to protect his Queen. Athos.129.. He advances on Louis and Anne. BOOM -. too. The regiment of Guards rush forward. Constance pauses amid the riot. press their bodies against the door to secure it. Porthos. convinced the palace is under seige. But one last BOOM and the great DOOR comes CRASHING down on the Guards. speaks stern command: LOUIS Leave us. That's when a loud BOOM rocks the room. He steps to Anne. Rochefort takes confident steps toward the King. assumes an air of priestly innocence.DAY 156 Pandemonium reigns. Another BOOM and the great hall is plunged into further chaos. treason confirmed. (CONTINUED) 157 ..

Constance tosses the goblet to her. brings it down on the head of the hapless Guard. ATHOS Greetings. admiration. Rochefort shouts to a nearby Guard for help. disposes of the Guard. fights side by side with his Musketeers. approach the Queen. Their SABERS CLASH as they draw together. Athos and Rochefort slash at each other. But the young King has no intention of being protected. he staggers. Constance dashes through the fray.. Now it's two on one. Athos receives a wound in the shoulder. As another man comes at him from behind. then returns to battle. (CONTINUED) 158 Are . The Musketeers wade into the Guards. She grabs a heavy goblet.. But Athos sees it coming. shouts: CONSTANCE Look out! Anne looks up.. But Athos merely changes sword hands. runs the man through. Rochefort grabs a dagger from his belt with his free hand. Rochefort reacts. Constance smiles. Anne watches him with a host of emotions. Aramis cuts down a Guard. he grabs the treaty. But Athos soon gains the upper hand. stuffs it into his doublet.. and the great hall is transformed into a battlefield. we interrupting? ROCHEFORT Not for long. Athos and Rochefort lock swords and duel. Louis pauses to return her gaze. sees Athos charging at him. Athos shakes off the sudden pain. leaps forward. and continue. and the treaty falls from his tunic to the floor. Rochefort and Athos face each other a second time. and smashes Rochefort across the face with his fist. love. The two Musketeers pause to exchange deadpan thanks. Rochefort confident he can finish the injured Musketeer. 158 BATTLE Musketeers surround Louis and Anne to ward off attack. Rochefort turns. It is a mighty confrontation. She sees a Guard slip behind a curtain. Porthos intervenes.130. He wades to the fore. Rochefort reacts with a start. Respect. Monsieur Cyclops. Athos wounded. Anne catches it neatly. 157 CONTINUED: 157 Louis breaks into a wide grin.

. D'Artagnan stoops to pick up his long-lost sword. slashing at each other. 159 ANGLE TO INCLUDE CHAMBER A FIRE ROARS in a great stone hearth. D'Artagnan wonders. driving him into an adjoining chamber. Athos watches from a short distance.. He tosses his other saber to Rochefort. whispers to heaven.. (the final curse) As will you. He will not intervene. it slides across the floor until someone's foot stops it..? ROCHEFORT He died for his King and for France. D'ARTAGNAN (stunned by the revelation as it unfolds) What. eyes blazing. d'Artagnan attacks Rochefort with everything he's got. stands. ARAMIS Kill him where he 158 These are d'Artagnan's words. But most of all. he died on the end of my sword. and sees d'Artagnan standing on the blade. knows this moment belongs to d'Artagnan. 159 . D'ARTAGNAN This sword belongs to me. And as foolish. D'ARTAGNAN This is for you. But he shouts: D'Artagnan. Let's discover if you are as brave a man as your father was. Rochefort confirms. Father. 158 CONTINUED: Rochefort goes sprawling.. Rochefort smiles a taunt. ROCHEFORT By all means. D'Artagnan raises his sword. Rochefort looks up. Then. He loses his sword. A son vowing to avenge the death of his father. Its light projects giant shadows on the wall as d'Artagnan and Rochefort duel.131. who catches it neatly..

So he drives a knee into d'Artagnan's groin." He shoves a thumb into Rochefort's good eye... Rochefort sidesteps. But d'Artagnan remembers Athos' advice. Undaunted. Each with his by-now familiar tradmarks. You're no Musketeer.132. extracting the treaty from his doublet.? ROCHEFORT I might.. Rochefort stumbles backward. Rochefort means to finish him there.. He attacks with gusto. And hisses with superior disdain: ROCHEFORT One thing's certain. Porthos. hurls the treaty into the blazing fireplace. d'Artagnan flies past the Cardinal.. He pins him there. Rochefort's grin soon turns toward desperation. D'Artagnan pivots. But d'Artagnan rolls away from the blade. He cannot match the boy's vengeful steel. sweat covers their faces. D'Artagnan looks at Rochefort's blood on his sword. mistaken. throws d'Artagnan against a wall. D'Artagnan plunges his sword into Monsieur Cyclops's heart. leaps back to his feet. D'ARTAGNAN Take it back. That's when he hears the RUSTLE of a SILKEN ROBE. Rochefort wears a wolfish grin. he hurls himself at his hated opponent. D'ARTAGNAN No!! Richelieu smiles. stunning the youth.. King Louis fighting beside them. "Always find your enemy's weakness. sees Richelieu kneeling at Rochefort's body. D'Artagnan falls to the floor.. His father's death finally avenged.. But d'Artagnan has learned his lessons well. and dives after to retrieve it. 160 GREAT HALL Athos. As the flames begin to lick at the parchment paper. have been. and Aramis take the fight to the Cardinal's Guards. dead. (CONTINUED) . 161 D'ARTAGNAN AND ROCHEFORT 161 160 They battle before the blazing fire. Rochefort crumples to the floor.

just a trace of humor. On the dais. and Aramis enter the room.can determine the whole truth of the matter. CUT TO: 162 INT. one familiar to both King and Queen. and as a man. D'Artagnan stumbles out of the fireplace.. Louis holds the recovered treaty in his hands... clutching the treaty. guarded by several Musketeers. 161 CONTINUED: Athos.. A beat. RICHELIEU You can't do this to me. affecting both France and the crown. Musketeers close in around the Cardinal. But Louis continues with quiet authority. Porthos. the Musketeers) -. the Bastille.. Your Eminence. He fumes. RICHELIEU Your Majesty.DAY 162 161 A short time later. until such time as I and my advisors -(gestures toward Anne. As all wonder if Richelieu will manage to elude blame after all. LOUIS This is a complicated matter. I am clearly the victim of a conspiracy designed and perpetuated by these three Musketeers. covered with soot. As King. Richelieu assumes a trustworthy pose. protests. LOUIS And so. He grins. I invite you to await our decision in the comfort of. GREAT HALL AND THRONE ROOM . ON d'Artagnan's look of triumph.133.. Cardinal of France. The Musketeers have won. The battle is over. that document is an obvious forgery. D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers stand nearby. I'm the (CONTINUED) . Louis and Anne confront Richelieu who is a prisoner now.

He holds it out to her. I'll Richelieu smiles his crocodile smile. I'll be keeping an eye on you. Followed by guards. I hereby reinstate the Musketeers. And turns to the Queen. RICHELIEU Congratulations. PORTHOS His name's d'Artagnan..134. LOUIS Approach.. scarlet robes billowing behind him. D'ARTAGNAN I have something that belongs to . Your Eminence. Monsieur d'Artagnan. 162 CONTINUED: LOUIS (never more certain) And I am its King.. Your Majesty.. He pauses in front of d'Artagnan. hands clasped behind his back. Sire. Shouts of "Long live the King! Long live the King!" 162 LOUIS And as King. the Queen smiles. He indicates d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan's heart pounds as he draws closer to King and Queen. reaches into his doublet. A tremendous cheer is heard from all. Louis turns to the Musketeers. The King wonders.. (CONTINUED) . be watching you. D'ARTAGNAN (unphased) Thank you. Richelieu is led from the room. d'Artagnan.. LOUIS Is this the young man who saved my life? Porthos puts a hand on d'Artagnan's shoulder. too. Then he remembers. D'Artagnan produces the bracelet he found on the country road. he turns and strides away.

and freedom. thankful for the intercession.. Honor undermined by the pursuit of gold. charges between. Louis answers with pleasure. D'Artagnan drops to his knees. the promise of romance. Louis continues: LOUIS D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan slips the bracelet around her wrist. That such a life is not just possible. As a country. but necessary to our continued survival. Whatever your heart desires. D'Artagnan. 162 CONTINUED: (2) ANNE Thank you. as a King. d'Artagnan. They are a constant reminder to all of us. d'Artagnan. Louis lays the blade of his sword on each of his shoulders. What can I do to repay the courage you've shown me? Anything. INTO VIEW. ATHOS Majesty.. The thrill of recognition. (off his look) It belongs to her.135. I am in your debt. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces. LOUIS Then kneel. Truth despoiled by broken promises. D'Artagnan and Constance lock eyes for the third time. filled with danger. Those who dedicate their lives to truth. unable to ask for it. Freedom sacrificed when the weak are oppressed by the strong. who steps forward.. (CONTINUED) 162 . LOUIS The world is an uncertain realm. Anne indicates Constance. honor.. his heart has only one desire. Athos asks for him. Constance kisses him on the cheek. D'Artagnan looks at Athos. But he is tongue-tied. These men are known as the Musketeers. D'Artagnan knows what he wants. To become a Musketeer. But the bracelet does not belong to me.

162 CONTINUED: (3) 162 As Louis speaks. twisted and stretched. the face of Milady. into a smile. LOUIS Rise. D'ARTAGNAN I know this is a stupid question. Athos. tears gleam in her eyes. But what exactly does a Musketeer do? Porthos and Aramis exchange a glance. BELLS RING in the distance. countless images rush through his mind. D'Artagnan stands. Porthos. wonders aloud. D'Artagnan basks in their company. his first encounters with Athos.. Aramis. PORTHOS His lips...... Porthos. Porthos. It's been a busy week. d'Artagnan. His home in Gascony. Musketeer. And join them. sure themselves. of all who know him. ARAMIS It was spectacular. PORTHOS Truth. D'Artagnan hugs each of the three.. (CONTINUED) They're not so Who. smiles. and last.. Constance and Queen Anne on the country road. unused as they are to such a contortion. They slip the tunic over d'Artagnan's head. Constance smiles brightly... honor. And what teeth. to the surprise .136. PORTHOS Do my eyes deceive me? ARAMIS I find it hard to believe myself. their adventures together. For each has given him gifts more valuable than gold. react with a cheer. ARAMIS (helpfully suggests a third) And freedom. transformed from boy to man. D'Artagnan closes his eyes. and Aramis. Athos. and happily present him with the bright blue tunic of the Musketeers. and Aramis surround their young friend.

The curtain falls.137. D'ARTAGNAN All for one. FADE And one for all!! MUSIC SOARS. 163 162 THE END .raise their swords.. causing them to give off sparks.. make that the four Musketeers -... 162 CONTINUED: (4) PORTHOS Weren't you listening? 163 HIGH ANGLE The Three Musketeers -. and clash blades together. OTHERS .

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