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