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