The Three Musketeers

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January 5, 1993


Dawn. A verdant field in Gascony. BIRDS CALL from treetops. The WIND RUSTLES through green leaves. A fox darts into a thick hedge. And last, anti-pastoral, out of place -- the sound of CLASHING STEEL. SUPERIMPOSE: France, 1625.

Suddenly, two young men burst INTO VIEW, sword points cutting brilliant arcs through the morning air. The first is GIRARD, bearded, nearly thirty, a man in every facet. The second, D'ARTAGNAN. Younger in appearance and attitude. Exuberant, handsome. And at just this moment, bounding over a low stone wall with a boisterous cry. They battle across an expanse of turf thick with dew. Girard is the more polished combatant. But d'Artagnan is nearly a force of nature. He whips his sword through the air with wild-hearted abandon. He tumbles and somersaults. This is fun. Girard and d'Artagnan cross the field, pass over a wooden fence, struggle toward a stable and hayloft. As they fight, both men utilize a variety of props. Handfuls of hay, a wooden spar, quick kicks from heavy boots. Anything goes as the swords cut through the air. D'Artagnan, gaining increasing advantage, forces Girard up against a peaceful country manor. Girard, seemingly cornered, executes a gymnastic flip onto the roof, fights from this high angle. D'Artagnan merely smiles... and follows. 2 ANGLE ON ROOFTOP 2

Seen briefly in silhouette against the rising sun, Girard and d'Artagnan scramble up the v-shaped rooftop, pause to exchange swipes at the peak, then slide down the other side, attacking, defending, as they go. 3 INCLUDE INTERIOR 3

Inside the manor house, a HANDSOME WOMAN of forty glances up from her writing table, hears FOOTSTEPS on the roof. She reacts -- curious, not afraid -- and steps to an open window. As if to follow the footsteps to the other side.

2. 4 BACK TO SCENE Girard leaps to the ground first -- landing in an enclosure filled with SQUAWKING GEESE. D'Artagnan flies after. The geese scatter, d'Artagnan -- whose wild progress frequently resembles that of a young colt -stumbles briefly. Girard seeks advantage, thrusts his sword toward the young man's heart. But d'Artagnan parries the blow with a heavy gloved hand, rolls over the offending goose -- glances deadpan apology -- and rises to fight again. The epic battle continues. Girard's modest success devolves into desperate flight. D'Artagnan's seemingly endless reserves are wearing him down. Then, at the last possible moment, Girard spies escape: a slowmoving HAYCART RUIMBLING up the country road. He runs toward the cart, leaps upon it, turns back to d'Artagnan with a confident smirk -- an expression that vanishes when the young Gascon executes a nearly impossible leap to join him. And still they battle, the clash of swords a kind of music by now, the men, their exuberance, the bright morning all combined into a dazzlingly heroic display. Just then: The haycart crosses a wooden plank bridge. Girard backs from d'Artagnan's sword, weak from exhaustion, he stumbles. D'Artagnan has his man and he knows it. He prepares one last blow --- And the haycart shifts, deposits both men over the side and down to the small muddy creek below. A comical antidote to all this glorious swordplay. 5 INCLUDE CREEK Girard lands flat on his back, stunned, his sword out of reach. D'Artagnan lands similarly, but recovers with grace, or rather, as much grace as the muddy situation will allow. He rolls toward Girard, sword in hand, and lightly places the sharp gleaming tip against his adam's apple. A long beat. Then a surprise. Girard begins to laugh, long and loud. D'Artagnan responds with a charmed smile. D'ARTAGNAN Had enough? GIRARD (breathless deadpan) I believe now would be a good time to end your, uhm, formal training. Well done. (CONTINUED) 5 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

119. 127 CONTINUED: (2) MILADY (remembering another time, another place) Society demands swift justice. (off his look) I'll take the secret to my grave. ATHOS Sabine. You'll die for your crimes. Nothing can stop that. But how you leave this world is up to you. Milady offers a half-smile, takes his hand in hers. MILADY What did the world ever do for me? HOLD ON Athos. feeling. Milady's hand in his. All that he is CUT TO: 128 EXT. SEASIDE CLIFFS - NIGHT 128 127

A hundred feet below, waves crash on a rocky shore. On the jagged cliff above, a black mass of trees is outlined against a stormy sky filled with copper-colored clouds, surreal in effect. A sinister procession approaches the cliff. Porthos leads Milady. She wears a simple white shift, her hair pulled back into a long braid. She looks years younger, the girl she used to be. The Executioner walks behind them. Followed by Armand de Winter, Aramis, d'Artagnan. And Athos. He watches every step. The procession stops at the cliff's edge. THUNDER RUMBLES. Lightning slashes the sky. The Executioner ties Milady's hands behind her. The Executioner removes a bright scimitar from beneath his cloak. Milady catches Athos' eye. He holds her gaze. He stares at Milady unflinchingly, as if to burn her image into his eyes, so that he might keep it there until the day he dies. Aramis reaches inside his cloak, removes the sacred priestly cloth he carries. (CONTINUED)

120. 128 CONTINUED: The Executioner delivers the formal litany: EXECUTIONER I forgive you for your crimes. Die in peace. Athos repeats, whispers: ATHOS Die in peace. Aramis comes forward, intones: ARAMIS I am the resurrection and the life, sayeth the Lord. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... The Executioner's sharp blade shines in the light of dawn. EXECUTIONER On your knees. Milady kneels, the Executioner steps closer. The tableau silhouetted against a reddish glow on the horizon. The Executioner brushes Milady's braid from her neck, exposing the soft white skin beneath. He raises the scimitar overhead, and just as he is about to bring it down... a cry is heard, torn from the heart: ATHOS No. Athos grabs the Executioner's wrist, and twists the scimitar loose. It falls to the ground. EXECUTIONER What's this...? Porthos leaps forward, locks his great arms around Athos. PORTHOS Athos -But Athos breaks free. rushes to her. Milady rises to her feet. Athos 128

ATHOS Forgive me, Sabine. forgive.


121. 128 CONTINUED: (2) MILADY I do. The words he could never say, finally spoken. Milady locks eyes with him. Athos' desperate act, the pure feeling it signifies, has given her a kind of release. And the strength to face her fate. MILADY The Cardinal intends to assassinate the King at his birthday celebration on Friday. And with that, Milady reaches forward, offers a gentle kiss. Then, as Athos and the others look on, stunned, uncertain... she takes a backward step, finds the cliff's edge... and steps over it. The Executioner rushes to look after. The others follow. Except for Athos, who remains rooted in place, eyes on the distant horizon. A long silence. THUNDER RUMBLES. EXECUTIONER God's justice be done. D'Artagnan sadly lowers his head. Porthos puts a consoling hand on his shoulder. Aramis stands to the other side, mutters: ARAMIS Amen. ATHOS Musketeers. D'Artagnan, Porthos, and Aramis turn. Athos has regained his former self. Stoic, in command. And hiding a broken heart. ATHOS The King's life in danger. have work to do. 129 We 128

EXT. ROOF OF PALAIS DU CARDINAL (PARIS) - NIGHT START CLOSE ON the now familiar portrait of King Louis XIII, usually found hanging behind Richelieu's desk. A SHOT RINGS OUT -- and a blast tears through the painting, leaving a smoking hole where the King's heart should be.


122. 130 ANOTHER ANGLE 130

REVEALS Richelieu and Rochefort as they walk across the roof to the painting, appraise the damage. Thie Cardinal pokes a long finger into the hole. RICHELIEU Impressive. ROCHEFORT He can do it every time. Rochefort signals approval to a solitary marksman positioned far away on one of the roof parapets. The marksman rises from a shooter's crouch, bows curtly, and begins to reload his musket. RICHELIEU And he has no qualms about... ROCHEFORT None. He believes that man should honor no Kings before God. RICHELIEU A man of faith. How delightful. (turns back to the painting) Whatever you're paying him, double it. I want the King's birthday to be a memorable event. And rehang this painting in my chamber. Just as it is. HOLD ON Richelieu for a beat. with stars. His evil intent. Framed by a sky filled CUT TO: 131 DAWN breaks. MUSIC UP, and... CUT TO: 132 EXT. VILLAGE SQUARE - DAY D'Artagnan and the three Musketeers thunder through on horseback. Pedestrians scurry to get out of their way. As they ride past, Porthos raises a crossbow and fires it. The arrow slices through the air with a terrible hum and imbeds itself on the public wall. Attached to the arrow is a piece of parchment, like the one in d'Artagnan's father's study. It reads: All For One, And One For All. CUT TO: 132 131

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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