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