The Three Musketeers

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January 5, 1993


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

gentlemen. PORTHOS d'Artagnan.79.. They turn in disbelief to the shuttered windows. You know. naturedly. d'Artagnan? D'Artagnan is terribly hung-over from the night's carousing.. 86 ANGLE The Innkeeper comes down the stairs wearing a nightshirt and a sleepy expression.. Sure enough.. ATHOS Well? INNKEEPER It's dawn. D'ARTAGNAN My head feels like it's filled with the King's marching band. So that's exactly why Porthos shouts to him and says. D'Artagnan and the Musketeers ride INTO FRAME. He looks like he could puke at any moment. good idea stomach. eh. D'ARTAGNAN Were we making too much noise? INNKEEPER You told me to wake you at dawn. Porthos grins. had a big brains. it's not a to travel on an empty You really should have portion of those sheep's Porthos laughs good- D'Artagnan covers his mouth.DAY 87 86 The sun rises. CUT TO: 87 EXT. PORTHOS Beautiful morning. Would you please stop whistling? (CONTINUED) . continuing their journey to Calais. INNKEEPER Excuse me. D'Artagnan squints ahead. RURAL LANDSCAPE . Sunlight is peeking in through the cracks. wincing with every bump. casts long shadows across a sparkling dewwet field.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would you gentlemen care to drink a toast with us to the Cardinal? PORTHOS We'd be happy to. Aramis ties scarves around the horses' eyes to blindfold them for the crossing. You are. Then he turns around and sees what Aramis is already seeing -. members of a bone-lazy class of servile ninnyhammers whose slavish allegiance to His Eminence the Cardinal is as that of a dog who likes nothing better than to sniff today where he has peed the day before. Porthos produces a bottle from under his cloak.. All right. FIRST CAVALIER Happily. no such objections have been raised.. ARAMIS There are those who would call that treason. The First Cavalier smiles. SECOND CAVALIER But the only King we recognize. FIRST CAVALIER I have some excellent brandy here.91. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .. PORTHOS I'll object. 96 FLATBOAT Porthos laughs and taunts the angry pursuers. PORTHOS Popularity has its price. FIRST CAVALIER You're those Musketeers everyone's been looking for. PORTHOS If you'll drink one with us to the King. produces a flask. PORTHOS Let's see.. is the Cardinal. here. by your dress and by your manner. 96 SECOND CAVALIER I'm listening.the two Cavaliers watch them with keen interest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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