Troy script
Troy (2004)
Synopsis: Based on Homer's "Iliad," this epic portrays the battle between the ancient kingdoms of Troy and Sparta. While visiting Spartan King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), Trojan prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) falls for Menelaus' wife, Helen (Diane Kruger), and takes her back to Troy. Menelaus' brother, King Agamemnon (Brian Cox), having already defeated every army in Greece, uses his brother's fury as a pretext to declare war against Troy, the last kingdom preventing his control over the Aegean Sea.

FADE IN:

1 EXT. THESSALIAN VALLEY - DAY 1

A mangy, bone-thin DOG lopes across the broad valley

floor, sniffing at the ground. At first the scene

appears bucolic:
tall grass, patches of wildflowers, blue

sky above.

But as the dog keeps running we see signs of conflict. A

spear, half imbedded in the earth, rises at an angle. A

bronze helmet, cracked and bloodied, lies on its side.

The dog pauses to sniff the helmet then continues his

search. Finally he stops, hackles on his back rising,

ears pricked up. He growls, and we see what the dog sees.

Dozens of CROWS have descended into a shallow ravine.

They squabble and peck, clustered around something on the

ground.

The dog growls louder and charges at the crows. The black

birds flap away to safety, shrieking in protest.

A DEAD SOLDIER lies facedown in the ravine. Whatever

armor he wore was stripped away, leaving his body to the

elements.

The dog walks slowly to the dead man, sniffing at the

corpse's hands. The dog whines and licks the man's

fingers.

Something in the air disturbs the dog, who looks up. And

now we hear it, faintly, in the distance. HOOF BEATS and

chariot wheels, marching men, the clank of bronze armor

and weaponry.

The dog runs, abandoning his dead master.

1A THE MYCENAEAN ARMY 1A

five thousand strong, storms into the valley from the

south. Armored with bronze breastplates, helmets and

shields, the soldiers glitter in the morning sun.

Riding alongside the infantry are dozens of horse-drawn

CHARIOTS, each holding a DRIVER, a SPEARMAN and an

OFFICER.

On the opposite side of the valley, three thousand

THESSALONIAN SOLDIERS march into view. The Thessalonians

are less disciplined, their armor and weaponry less

impressive.

(CONTINUED)

2.

1A CONTINUED:
1A

When each army reaches the battlefield they stop and stare

one another down, two hundred yards distant.

1B A MYCENAEAN CHARIOT AND A THESSALONIA CHARIOT 1B

emerge from their respective sides and meet at the center

of the field.

AGAMEMNON, king of the Mycenaeans, rides in his chariot

with a DRIVER and a SPEARMAN. Agamemnon holds a gold

SCEPTER, symbol of command. His breast plate is engraved

with an Alpha.

His counterpart in the Thessalonian cart, TRIOPAS (60),

does not project equal confidence. He eyes the size of

the Mycenaean army with evident unease. He holds his own

SCEPTER.

Both kings step down from their chariots and approach each

other. They stare at one another for several seconds.

Agamemnon smiles and looks into the sky.

The crows wheel overhead, cawing.

AGAMEMNON:

It's a good day for the crows.

TRIOPAS:

I told you yesterday and I'll tell

you again today. Remove your army

from my land.

Agamemnon smiles again and turns to examine the valley.

AGAMEMNON:

I like your land. I think we'll

stay.

(beat)

I like your soldiers, too. They

fought bravely yesterday. Not

well, but bravely.

TRIOPAS:

They'll never fight for you.

AGAMEMNON:

That's what the Messenians said,

too. And the Arcadians. And the

Epeians. They're all fighting for

me, now.

(CONTINUED)

3.

1B CONTINUED:
1B

TRIOPAS:

You can't rule the whole world,

Agamemnon. It's too big. Even for

you.

Agamemnon surveys Triopas's army.

AGAMEMNON:

I don't want to watch another

massacre. Let's end this war in

the old manner.

(beat)

Your best fighter against my best.

For the first time, Triopas looks hopeful.

TRIOPAS:

And if my man wins?

AGAMEMNON:

We'll leave Thessaly for good.

(beat)

I'm a generous man. If mine wins,

you keep your throne. But Thessaly

falls under my command, to fight

with me whenever I call.

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David Benioff

David Benioff (born David Friedman; September 25, 1970) is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer. He is the co-creator and showrunner of the widely acclaimed award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. more…

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