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