The Three Musketeers

Written by

DAVID LOUGHERY
Revisions by

HARLEY PEYTON

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January 5, 1993

THE THREE MUSKETEERS OPEN ON: 1 EXT. GASCONY - DAWN 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Porthos at his side. PORTHOS We sail! And with that. The rope splits and the ferryboat lurches away from the dock. FERRYMAN Musketeers? Well. The Ferryman does. spittle flies as he curses and protests. My what a lovely little girl.. This way.Just who do you think you are!! ARAMIS (waits for the tirade to cease. 95 HILL AND SHORE The pursuers charge down the hill and ride to the end of the dock but they're too late. Porthos takes the sharp edge of his boomerang and brings it down on the dock rope. Porthos and Aramis have gotten away.. ARAMIS Porthos! PORTHOS What? Aramis takes Porthos by the shoulder and turns him so he can see their pursuers pouring over the top of the hill on their horses. pretty madame. why didn't you say so? Of course you'll ride for free. simply) Musketeers.into cringing. I insist on it. 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!! -. obedient servant. 94 CONTINUED: All turn to regard Aramis on horseback. 95 94 . Two two Cavaliers react to the word. too -.90. The Ferryman is outraged.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Please (CONTINUED)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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