The Three Musketeers

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January 5, 1993


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

his strokes overpowering and savage. encircles his adversary... an artist working with steel and flesh. changing stance and shifting his ground with alacrity. He is a walking arsenal. 42 FIGHT Suddenly: nine men are locked in mortal combat. Athos is a brutal swordsman.. He bounds about like a newborn tiger. 41 CONTINUED: (4) PORTHOS Well. and perhaps the most entertaining of all. Now that we're all acquainted. daggers. JUSSAC (losing patience) Stand still! How do you expect me to kill you if you keep jumping around!! 43 MONASTERY 43 42 41 A monk watches from the bell tower. and sounds a clamorous ALARM. D'Artagnan's youthful energy is by now familiar. His repertoire also includes swift kicks.. ATHOS The Cardinal's Guards.40. Porthos battles BISCARAT. Aramis is a seamless and graceful technician. He grabs the BELL rope. carrying a variety of bizarre weapons on his body -. incensed by the battle raging on the field below. nunchucks -.. Jussac is having a hard time defending himself against his opponent who seems to be attacking from all directions at once. he handles his two opponents with balletic ease. the occasional elbow when necessary. solid punches.. Add this funhouse of armaments to his already impressive size and strength.. and charge. D'Artagnan looks for an opponent. Porthos. Athos takes a Guard named Cahusac. And last. and you have a oneman wrecking crew of epic proportions. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers draw their swords. The fighting style of the Musketeers is an exuberant mixture of styles and techniques. and Aramis battles with two adversaries at once.. and finds himself face to face with Jussac.all of which he uses with the polished skill of a master. bolo.a crossbow. gives it a mighty pull. . rather than paint and canvas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHOS Forgive me, Sabine. forgive.


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

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


122. 130 ANOTHER ANGLE 130

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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