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