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