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Synopsis: Still in grief over his wife's sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem. After a perilous journey to the holy city, the valiant young man enters the retinue of the leprous King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), which is rife with dissent led by the treacherous Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas), who wishes to wage war against the Muslims for his own political and personal gain.

FADE UP ON:

RAVENS in stripped trees. Frost clings to hedges, and low fog

lies on the November fields of France. A season of mud and

snow.

TITLE:
“FRANCE, 1186”

Sustain the image of smoking fields and then (with the sound

of PICK AND SPADE...)

EXT. A CROSSRAODS. DAWN

OPEN CLOSE on the most medieval face you’ve ever seen: a

pale, injured, vengeful face, capable of a routine mask of

piety:
a PRIEST. With a dirty fingernail the Priest flicks

out part of a frozen worm from a winter apple. We are at an

INTERSECTION of two lanes of near-frozen mud in HEDGEROW

COUNTRY.

Two GRAVEDIGGERS, a cold PRIEST, a BODY, At a CROSSROADS

overlooked by a Celtic cross.

ON SOUND, as the Priest contemplates his meal (He wants

better and is sure he deserves it) we hear...the PICK AND

SPADE at work, digging the grave at the EXACT CENTER of the

CROSSROADS.

GRAVEDIGGER (OS)

(singing)

I am Francois, to my dismay

(the SPADE digs into the

nearly frozen ground)

Conceived and born in the usual

way...

(throws earth)

Son of man, yet by the way/ not of

him my mother say...

PRIEST:

(beyond cold in thin and

ragged wool)

Shut up and dig.

Chewing his apple he stares at: A SMALL BODY, wrapped in

something like burlap. Where the wrapping is parted we see a

pitiful WHITE FACE and OPEN EYES upon which snowflakes fall.

A rope-scarred neck. A WOMAN: A SUICIDE.

A SILVER CRUCIFIX around her neck.

The PRIEST, eyeing the crucifix, is for a moment unable to

eat his apple. Then he eats.

(CONTINUED)

2.

CONTINUED:

The GRAVEDIGGERS are in rags, dirty, coughing. The

GRAVEDIGGER is cleverer than his condition, watching for his

opportunity in life long after he should have stopped

looking. His right ear is mutilated.

GRAVEDIGGER:

(dangerously clever)

Denied the cross for suicide, the

suicide is then buried at the

center of a cross.

(leans on his pick, like a

scholar)

Show me the logic.

(a noticeable beat)

Father.

(digs, then:
)

Father...

PRIEST:

What.

GRAVEDIGGER:

The Devil is a practical man. If

this be a witch there was poor

return on his investments.

PRIEST:

What would you know of Logic?

GRAVEDIGGER:

(the rising, and

vindictive, Common Man)

I have ears, Father. Though one is

notched because I love justice.

PRIEST:

Thieving.

(thieving, he puts the

dead woman’s CRUCIFIX

around his own neck.)

Dig.

The GRAVEDIGGER (a man who will come into his own, has vowed

it), digs.

GRAVEDIGGER (OS)

When I was young and so the world/I

was as pretty as a girl/I am now a

man of gravitas/With a double chin

and giant arse...

The PRIEST suddenly (as RAVENS erupt from trees beyond a

frozen field) looks in the direction away from the sunrise.

(CONTINUED)

3.

CONTINUED:
(2)

PRIEST:

(at the GRAVEDIGGERS,

ceasing to dig, also

stare)

Horses.

(softly, querulously, and

as if there’s an

opportunity in it)

Knights.

Straightens his clothes. Medievally speaking, th eboss is

coming.

A PART OF MOUNTED KNIGHTS AND MEN-AT-ARMS come along the

road. They are cloaked, cowled. The colors of their clothes

are the only color in the day. The KNIGHTS ride mares, but

ready-saddled DESTRIERS are led behind the party, which also

is accompanied by a CART. A SQUIRE rides before, in rich,

dirty velvet (the livery of IBELIN.) The SQUIRE, who has a

cold, and is none too happy at the French weather, comes up

on a mudd palfrey, and looks at the gravediggers, the body. A

suicide being buried at a crossroads? Normal. The PRIEST bows

low.

SQUIRE:

(flatly, no conceit)

Clear the road.

As the sound of horses draw nearer the PRIEST and the

GRAVEDIGGERS back out of the road and bow, giving the road

to:

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William Monahan

William J. Monahan (born November 3, 1960) is an American screenwriter and novelist. His second produced screenplay was The Departed, a film that earned him a Writers Guild of America Award and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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