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