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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D'Artagnan watches the women as they ride into the fabled city in the distance. ATHOS I was trying to remember the last time I saw you here. It was the day you were kicked out of the Musketeers. (CONTINUED) .DAY Athos. The place is a cemetery. and Porthos sweep into the now deserted courtyard. ROCHEFORT I'll take those tunics. I know. he keeps pulling red tunics out of the most bizarre places. Three witnesses stood against me. Like a magician. He finds another in his boot and another up his sleeve. 22 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV Paris laid out for him like a jewel. CUT TO: 23 INT. They pull them out and drop them into the growing pile. PORTHOS (to Aramis) What did he say? ARAMIS He said he'll take those tunics. ARAMIS Conduct Unbecoming a Musketeer. promising adventure and romance. MUSKETEER HEADQUARTERS . digs into a pocket and takes out another. Musketeers. haunted by the ghosts of generations of Musketeers. cloaked in mystery. There's one in his hat.16. He follows.the last thing they expected -stops them in their tracks. Silence -. Athos and Aramis have a few guard tunics themselves. Aramis. 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. Rochefort enters from behind an archway. Tunics? PORTHOS Coming right up. He drops it on the ground. Porthos is visibly distraught.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

D'Artagnan and the Musketeers ride INTO FRAME. PORTHOS d'Artagnan. Sunlight is peeking in through the cracks. D'ARTAGNAN My head feels like it's filled with the King's marching band. Sure enough. RURAL LANDSCAPE .DAY 87 86 The sun rises. wincing with every bump. it's not a to travel on an empty You really should have portion of those sheep's Porthos laughs good- D'Artagnan covers his mouth. naturedly. You know. casts long shadows across a sparkling dewwet field. They turn in disbelief to the shuttered windows. good idea stomach. So that's exactly why Porthos shouts to him and says. d'Artagnan? D'Artagnan is terribly hung-over from the night's carousing. INNKEEPER Excuse me. PORTHOS Beautiful morning. had a big brains. CUT TO: 87 EXT. Would you please stop whistling? (CONTINUED) . eh. D'ARTAGNAN Were we making too much noise? INNKEEPER You told me to wake you at dawn.. Porthos grins. 86 ANGLE The Innkeeper comes down the stairs wearing a nightshirt and a sleepy expression. continuing their journey to Calais.. ATHOS Well? INNKEEPER It's dawn.79... D'Artagnan squints ahead. gentlemen. He looks like he could puke at any moment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

pretty madame.into cringing. Porthos at his side. The Ferryman does. The Ferryman is outraged. The rope splits and the ferryboat lurches away from the dock.90. This way.. Porthos and Aramis have gotten away. 95 94 . simply) Musketeers. 95 HILL AND SHORE The pursuers charge down the hill and ride to the end of the dock but they're too late. 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. too -. PORTHOS We sail! And with that. spittle flies as he curses and protests. why didn't you say so? Of course you'll ride for free. FERRYMAN Musketeers? Well. Porthos takes the sharp edge of his boomerang and brings it down on the dock rope. 94 CONTINUED: All turn to regard Aramis on horseback. I insist on it.. The Woman reacts with grateful surprise. My what a lovely little girl.Just who do you think you are!! ARAMIS (waits for the tirade to cease. Two two Cavaliers react to the word. 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 Let's see. 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 produces a bottle from under his cloak.. FIRST CAVALIER I have some excellent brandy here.the two Cavaliers watch them with keen interest. FIRST CAVALIER Happily. PORTHOS If you'll drink one with us to the King.. SECOND CAVALIER But the only King we recognize. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . by your dress and by your manner. Then he turns around and sees what Aramis is already seeing -.. no such objections have been raised. 96 FLATBOAT Porthos laughs and taunts the angry pursuers. is the Cardinal. here. 96 SECOND CAVALIER I'm listening. Aramis ties scarves around the horses' eyes to blindfold them for the crossing. The First Cavalier smiles.91. Would you gentlemen care to drink a toast with us to the Cardinal? PORTHOS We'd be happy to. FIRST CAVALIER You're those Musketeers everyone's been looking for. PORTHOS I'll object. All right. ARAMIS There are those who would call that treason. You are. produces a flask. PORTHOS Popularity has its price..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And one for all!! MUSIC SOARS. 163 162 THE END . causing them to give off sparks.. make that the four Musketeers -. D'ARTAGNAN All for one.137.. and clash blades together. 162 CONTINUED: (4) PORTHOS Weren't you listening? 163 HIGH ANGLE The Three Musketeers -. The curtain falls.raise their swords. OTHERS .no. FADE OUT...

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