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THE THREE MUSKETEERS
darts into a thick hedge. And last, anti-pastoral, out
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
Girard is the more polished combatant. But d'Artagnan is
air with wild-hearted abandon. He tumbles and somersaults. This is fun.
Girard and d'Artagnan cross the field, pass over a wooden
fights from this high angle. D'Artagnan merely smiles...
and d'Artagnan scramble up the v-shaped rooftop, pause
side, attacking, defending, as they go.
rises to fight again.
to join him.
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 --
antidote to all this glorious swordplay.
time to end your, uhm, formal
training. Well done.
Thank you, sir.
clothing -- cut to ribbons, muddy and soaked.
And god have mercy on whomever
you meet next.
steps with love. Sadness too.
Did you see us? You heard us,
I'll bet. Girard finally
surrendered a compliment...
though I almost had to kill him
to get it... Mother...?
He pauses, then steps inside.
A piece of parchment, on it the words: "All For One, and
One For All." And, in a place of honor, a worn blue and
MOTHER (HANDSOME WOMAN)
Didn't you hear me? Girard --
he had a right to be. I never
knew one as brave or as kind. He
knew that his strength was a gift
honor. That is why he dedicated
his life to his country and his
King. That is why he gave his
life, for both.
saw someone I knew. You have
your father's heart, his will to
fight, his courage. But these
It's time for you find your
fortune with men as brave and
as bold as you are. In Paris.
With the King's Musketeers.
You'll need this.
Forged in the Crusades, handed
from generation to generation.
And now to me.
Yes, son. And now to you.
takes it firmly into his hands.
Mother and son stand in the vast expanse. D'Artagnan
I'm not your mother now. I'm
speaking for your father. And
this is what he would have told
the d'Artagnans. It is your
Always seek out adventure...
Never run from a fight...
Never submit to insults. Except
from the King.
And be wary of Cardinal Richelieu
wishes to leave home.
Until after harvest.
D'Artganan's mother smiles, understands. And speaks
gently to urge him forward.
the Musketeers is on the run from
someone or something?
Yes. But what am I running from?
A shrew of a mother, and a drafty
old house. Now go.
And in this fashion, she releases him. D'Artagnan sweeps
his Mother into an embrace, now turns, heroic, and leaps
in a half-cicle. D'Artagnan struggles to gain control,
grin. His mother smiles, scolds:
And for heaven's sake, practice
Horsemanship. Got it.
D'Artagnan digs his heels into the horse's flanks, shoots
watches him ride into the distance.
hearth behind it.
red tunic of the Cardinal's Guards.
What should I do with this?
Throw it on the fire with
But this is the emblem of the
Or haven't you heard?
Throw it on the fire.
their blue and gold tunics, drop them into a pile that
plight with satisfaction. This is a sad day for the
Musketeers, the end of an era.
of the Cardinal's Guards, hands over his own musket.
Cardinal Richelieu, the
Musketeers are officially
disbanded. In preparation for
the coming war with England, your
ranks and commissions are hereby
transferred to the Infantry. You
will be contacted and told where
to report. Until that time, you
And who will protect the King?
The Cardinal's Guards are more
his voice to be heard:
disperse. Should even one of you
be arrested and imprisoned.
'All for one, and one for all.'
chooses his words carefully. Even in defeat, de Treville
Go to your homes. Wait. Our
day will come again.
Musketeers out of the courtyard.
15 ROCHEFORT 15
room, a spectre in red.
darkness and into the light, his long crimson robes
Have they all been accounted for?
All but... three.
On Richelieu's face, a flicker of irritation.
I sent a patrol to find them but
it hasn't returned yet.
I want those Musketeers, not
excuses. Bring them in at once.
ahead. The one called... The Dead Rat.
feet, threatening to drop him into the street. The
Release that man!!
to the street with a dull thud. Then, with a wink and a
signals his men, and they rush toward the tavern.
17 INT. TAVERN 17
now, all is calm.
Gruards are celebrating a victory. But wait. There's
all bruised and bloody. Some are unconscious.
Presiding over the "celebration" are two Musketeers.
They sit at the head of the table, relaxing with their
What is this?
Athos greets him with a dark smile.
A private party. Go away.
Athos -- is that any way to greet
Aramis leaps to his feet and bows graciously. He is the
epitome of politeness.
Don't be shy, gentlemen. Come
in. Your friends have been
Jussac is not amused.
Musketeer Headquarters by Captain
The Cyclops is a Captain? He
must've made a pact with the
Or the Cardinal.
What's the difference?
(with an edge
You're instructed to come with
me and surrender your tunics.
Guards around him.
These gentlemen made a similar
Are you refusing to come
Probably. But I'll leave it up
to my companions. Aramis?
We can't refuse Rochefort's
invitation. It would be
And what do you say, Porthos?
I'll be right down!
squarely atop Jussac's Guards, squashing them.
When the dust clears, only Jussac has been spared. He
(to Athos and
Ready when you are.
Congratulations, Porthos. You
brought down the house.
My aim was off. I was trying to
the street. He mutters as if to curse:
what he sees is this:
pursued by two men on horseback.
19 D'ARTAGNAN 19
GALLOP past, d'Artagnan leaps from his horse. Quickly
20 ANGLE 20
d'Artagnan's feet. Before he can recover, d'Artagnan is
second rider is senseless. Two down.
D'Artagnan stands over his two victims, out of breath,
the two women ride back to see what's happened.
companion is roughly the same age, titan-haired and
equally beautiful. Her name is CONSTANCE.
Anne regards the two men on the ground, then d'Artagnan.
Constance remains. She smiles down at d'Artagnan from
atop her horse.
Do you have any idea what you've
I've saved you and your friend
from these bandits.
These 'bandits' are the Queen's
D'Artagnan is stunned.
If I were you, I'd make myself
very angry when they wake up.
a prize idiot.
I didn't know. I thought...
Constance smiles at him, her eyes twinkling.
Do you have a name?
You're a very foolish boy,
d'Artagnan... but a very handsome
(calling after her)
Wait! You didn't tell me your
But Constance is gone.
bodyguards groan and grumble.
The man who attacked you...
(pointing in the
... went that way.
22 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV 22
Paris laid out for him like a jewel, cloaked in mystery,
women as they ride into the fabled city in the distance.
behind an archway.
I'll take those tunics,
What did he say?
He said he'll take those tunics.
red tunic he took from one of the Cardinal's guards. He
sleeve. There's one in his hat. Like a magician, he
They pull them out and drop them into the growing pile.
time I saw you here. I know. It
was the day you were kicked out of
Conduct Unbecoming a Musketeer.
Wasn't that the charge?
stood against me.
surrender your commissions and
reassignment in the King's Army.
And if we refuse?
You will become outlaws. Hunted
what I do. Sooner or later
somebody's calling me 'outlaw.'
Athos cuts him off with a look. He's familiar with
Porthos' propensity for tall tales. But not here, not
Same thing, these days.
France has one King too many.
I'll tell him you said that.
Do that, Rochefort. Tell his
Emminence the Cardinal that we
duty to protect the King. From
enemies across the sea.
From traitors who sit at his right
hand. And tell him that he can
take away our tunics, our muskets,
even our swords. But he cannot
stop us from being what we are.
I'll make sure His Emminence the
Cardinal gets the message. But I
can't promise he'll be pleased.
Well, if we're going to be
outlaws, I suppose we'll have to
get our affairs in order.
alphabetically or in order of
Alphabetically seems... fair.
When it comes to you and women,
fairness rarely applies.
We'll meet at the Columbier-Rouge
(off their looks)
To celebrate. And to plan our new
Citizens of France.
The three Musketeers.
And that is all that remains.
future belongs to him.
25 ATHOS 25
him in his injured arm.
(as he enters)
(wincing in pain)
(in a panic; looking
Where are they? Where are the
Musketeers? I'm in the right
place, aren't I?
Not as far as I'm concerned.
Athos is wearing his cape in such a way that it hides
his Musketeer tunic. D'Artagnan has no idea who he's
But this is Musketeer
No. This was Musketeer
You mean it's been moved?
I mean the Musketeers have been
disbanded. Feel free to poke
around for souvenirs.
What do you mean 'disbanded'?
the army. Now if you'll excuse
D'Artagnan blocks Athos' path.
But I just got here. How can I
become a Musketeer if they've been
I'd say you've got a problem.
I'm in a hurry now -- but I'll
meet you at the Carmes-Deshaux
monastery at noon.
(calling after him)
An hour in Paris, and I already
have my first duel!
D'Artagnan hurries after.
But, Catherine, don't you see? As
the run from the Cardinal's guards,
a refugee. Think of all the places
you can hide me. I'm thinking of
tear from her eye, manages a nod.
Porthos' outstretched hand.
(not a glimmer of a
Do you know where this sash comes
It is a gift from the Queen of
There is no Queen of America.
(to pretty woman)
Madame Augustine, would you excuse
me for a moment, I'm going to kill
(back to d'Artagnan;
ever the gentleman)
Now, where were we?
(glancing at the
ladies; the alley)
I rode through a puddle, muddied
your sash, the Queen of America
except there isn't one, I'm in a
hurry, and you were about to
challenge me to a duel.
Everywhere I go, it's always the
same. There's always some kid who
thinks he's hot with a sword...
The great who?
The great Porthos.
Me, you idiot.
Don't you know who I am?
The world's greatest talker?
Porthos couldn't be more insulted. He sputters with
All right, you little puke! You
want to die? So be it! One
o'clock behind the Luxembourg!
And bring a coffin!
Bring your own!
right. And does see them.
to face with the man who has escorted Anne and Constance
Let me pass.
I'm afraid that's not possible.
I'll deliver it for you.
No, you've been enough help
already. Would you be so kind
as to point out the Carmes-Deshaux
a large cross.
30 INT. ROOM 30
and is reading from it.
least bit embarrassed, only slightly amused.
Madam, I'm flattered but I thought
Excuse me, Monsieur Aramis. But
Original Sin, I lost control and
became impassioned. It won't
expressing one's emotions. On
free to express our spirituality.
(a gasp of fear)
Aramis -- run!
But Aramis' heart is too noble. He gets down on his
First we must pray to God for
That's when the door bursts open and the lady's husband,
with madness. He aims the pistol at Aramis' head.
On second thought, God's often
they go crashing to the cobblestones. As they untangle
themselves and get up...
Thanks. You broke my fall
perfectly. But I do apologize
for the inconvenience...
Get off me!
If there's one thing I can't
abide, it's rudeness.
You fell on me!
And I apologized for it.
lesson in manners, too.
I'd be honored.
D'Artagnan brightens. Another duel!
How's two o'clock behind the
Aramis bows politely.
If that's where you wish to die,
I won't disappoint you. Until
Three duels in one day. I love
Have you seen the King?
No, Your Majesty.
country and continent, including the New World. The
pang of separation. We hear:
stands in the shadows, a spectre in red.
Cardinal Richelieu, you surprised
How was your ride?
My ride...? Well, I... I'm not
But your welfare is
more than a matter of personal
interest. It is a matter of
State. But rest assured, your
secret is safe with me.
(after a beat)
Lonely. Is that the same thing?
Richelieu brings his eyes back to Anne, continues:
Austria's loss is France's gain.
I'm not sure my new husband shares
Nonsense. He's young, not blind.
Mostly, he is absent. I've barely
Whenever he's around me, he has
nothing to say.
Arranged marriages can be
difficult. Your father and I
people, I'm afraid. Louis and I
remain... far apart.
May I advise you?
He says it with seeming humility, not condescension. Anne
Louis was only nine years old
when his father was assassinated.
day. I have watched him grow
toward manhood, seen the toll his
life demands. A boy who is not
allowed to be a boy sometimes has
difficulty becoming a man. He is
shy, yet boastful. Giving, yet
stubborn. But most of all, he is
not yet sure exactly who he is.
The boy who lost his father. Or
the King of France.
But how can I...?
Flatter him. Make the boy feel
like a King. So that the King
may be your husband.
boom, the Seneschal chants:
His Majesty, the King.
surprisingly young, no older than d'Artagnan. His face
is handsome and intelligent.
Cardinal Richelieu, I've been
looking for you.
Oh. Anne. Hello. I didn't know
you were here.
Would you like me to go?
No. Please, stay.
(to Richelieu, aware
that she is watching
Your Eminence, I demand an answer.
(hiding his amusement)
Perhaps if I knew the question...
I've just been told that you went
ahead and disbanded my Musketeers.
You approved the decision.
But not the timing of the matter.
explain the situation...
Your Majesty, France is on the
brink of war. We dare not
But these men are my personal
We'll need them in the
field if we're to win this war
with England. Buckingham plans
month. I thought it best to act
I will be the judge of what is
best. For me, and for France.
suppresses a smile. The boy is nearer to King than
Of course. Forgive me.
Anne? Are you all right?
discussion in private.
(hesitates, seeks a
reason for her to
Your thoughts on the matter
interest me. They might... help.
It seems to me that... you're
doing very well on your own.
(after a beat)
Sometimes she scares me half to
May I advise you?
She scares me too. As do all
women who join beauty to
intelligence. What's a man to
(enjoying the Cardinal's
I have no idea.
The course of love is full of
frightful turns. But, no matter
how you feel, no matter how
hopelessly afraid... never let
her know that you are anything
other than the bravest and most
confident man in France. Make
that your starting point, and
everything else will fall... into
The bravest man in France...
Good advice for a shopkeeper.
Let alone a King.
appreciating it, speaking as a son:
Your Eminence, I'm sorry that I
was sharp with you. It's just
that the Musketeers... well, they're
not just my guards. They're my
I know. But don't worry.
From now on, I'll take complete
responsibility for your welfare.
Indeed he will.
He's a foolish boy. And barely
become a man.
Which is all the more reason for
us to act... quickly.
(reacts, knows what
And the Queen...?
(he smiles, lewd)
She will receive me in ways she
never thought possible. Privately.
monastery, bold and brave, his future at hand. Suddenly.
COACH DRIVER (O.S.)
Get out of the way, idiot!!
from its path, stumbles. He looks up in time to see the
passenger inside, and for a moment, time seems to stop.
DE WINTER. She is to sex, what Constance is to innocence.
D'Artagnan watches as if in a dream. The carriage, the
window curtains, taking Milady, the dream, from view.
into the city.
Milady steps inside.
WINTER, twenty-five, his son. They are well-dressed. But
traveled a long distance to find her.
COUNT DE WINTER:
COUNT DE WINTER:
Count de Winter.
COUNT DE WINTER:
(as much happiness as
the thought allows)
We found you.
(eyes on the mirror)
Yes. Now that you have, what
will you do?
COUNT DE WINTER:
Bring you back. To pay for what
you did to my son.
And if I resist...?
COUNT DE WINTER:
(voice breaking with
I will kill you with my bare
her lips, replies:
Well if that's the case, I'd
better start packing. But first,
for the next, and...
sign of his father. He looks about, impatient... and
father, or Milady. He calls out:
face in the mirror. The second is his father's inert
begins to weep.
Ten minutes early.
You'll miss it, I'm afraid.
I'll try my best to be on time.
look. Then he rises to his feet, the pain in his arm
makes him wince.
as seconds, but they are not as
But you're wounded.
Don't worry. I fight just as well
with my left hand.
If you'd rather kill me another
Thanks, but I see my seconds
view d'Artagnan with amazement. D'Artagnan reacts with
similar surprise, smiles sheepishly.
What're you doing? You can't
fight this man.
Because I'm fighting him.
Excuse me, monsieur. But not
until one o'clock.
Wait a minute. I've got a duel
with him, too.
Yes, sir. But not until two.
How long have you been in Paris?
I arrived this morning.
You've been... busy.
I've also fallen in love.
(gruff to a fault)
Better to die for love than to
live for it. Gentlemen?
draws his saber, ready to fight. A beat. And in that
There they are!!
I told you the next time we met
I'd want an answer. But I didn't
expect you so soon.
The boy's of no interest to me
and is free to go. Do you intend
Oh, don't be stupid. Of course we
intend to resist. Just give us
Interesting odds. Five of them
and three of us.
them the chance to surrender.
Excuse me, but there are four of
They turn and regard d'Artagnan.
This is not your fight. You're
not a Musketeer.
I may not wear the uniform, but I
believe I have the heart of a
Bold and brave.
Have you got a name, boy?
The name has meaning for all of them. The Musketeers
It couldn't be.
Athos... Porthos... Aramis.
Pleased to meet you... How do you
do?... Good to see you again...
Musketeers turn toward the Guards, d'Artagnan standing
Well. Now that we're all
The Cardinal's Guards.
42 FIGHT 42
face to face with Jussac.
paint and canvas.
bizarre weapons on his body -- a crossbow, daggers, bolo,
directions at once.
Stand still! How do you expect
me to kill you if you keep jumping
43 MONASTERY 43
him to the ground.
(eyes on the tower)
Damn monks. Always spoiling
They are nearer to God...
They're about to get a little
nearer to the hilt of my sword.
I'm fine, thank you.
wounded in arm, shoulder, grazed at the head -- and falls
Take a look at our young friend.
You mean he's still alive?
Not only is d'Artagnan alive, but he's making a fool out
sword like a snake and runs him through.
Jussac falls to the ground, lies still. He is dead.
the better part of valor, now runs for his life. Porthos
-- who is at play as much as he is war -- takes a Spanish
God, I love my work.
45 AFTERMATH 45
What's he doing?
Do you know where this bolo comes
(a bold jest, given
The Queen of America?
Porthos deadpans, then grins acceptance. All for one,
and one for all. D'Artagnan beams.
Don't encourage him. By killing
Jussac, the boy's made himself
an outlaw too.
exactly what he's going to do.
I can't leave. I just got here.
Go home, find a wench, live long
Why can't I stay with you?
Aramis and Porthos look to Athos. As always, he will
Because I do not want you to.
the boy... or he simply doesn't give a damn. Whatever
the case, d'Artagnan is crestfallen. The Musketeers
I know Athos may seem cold and
unfriendly, but don't let that
He really is cold and unfriendly.
But he's also right. This is our
fight, not yours. Go on, get out
the Musketeers? 'All for one,
and one for all.'
Wake up, boy. The Musketeers are
just a dream.
horse, climbs into the saddle. It has been both the best
There they go! After them!
of the blue and gold.
Long live the Musketeers.
And d'Artagnan draws his saber.
d'Artagnan's bold charge.
Do you believe this kid.
(shouts to the
Fall back! I'll take him myself!
And like two jousting knights, d'Artagnan and Rochefort
Rochefort's got the boy.
You can't just leave him.
He has a plan.
Definitely. A plan.
And with that, they gallop after.
Meanwhile, d'Artagnan is soon outnumbered, and quickly
This boy fights like a wildcat.
sword. The last thing d'Artagnan sees is the three
Musketeers riding into the distance. Then the WORLD
pulled by a team of snow-white stallions. The emblem of
for his own. But it is gone.
My sword --
It's magnificent. Where did you
d'Artagnan's sword in his hands.
(after a beat)
It belonged to my father.
Rochefort studies d'Artagnan for a long moment, then...
Well now it belongs to me. I
collect swords. I take them
from the men I kill.
I'm not dead yet.
sword, points it at his throat. D'Artagnan freezes,
feels the sharp tip of the blade.
heavy boot. A beat. D'Artagnan peers at his dismal
Where am I?
I'll give you a hint. It's not
The Bastille! I'm in the Bastille!
was ever happy to be here.
Unfortunately, your visit will be
a short one.
What do you mean?
You killed one of the Cardinal's
Guards. An offense punishable
He interrupted a duel I was
Also punishable by death.
It was a long day.
You know them?
D'Artagnan says nothing. He will not betray them.
Rochefort leans close.
Tell me where they are, and I
will be lenient.
(after a beat)
I will give you your father's
A long beat. D'Artagnan eyes the gleaming saber, forged
downward, d'Artagnan rises up... and whispers.
Give me my father's sword, and
I'll cut out your heart.
Fool. Like your father.
Rochefort storms from the cell. He nods at a grizzled
looks left and right -- dank corridors, darkness, the
51 ON D'ARTAGNAN 51
reach from inside the cell, grab d'Artagnan by the throat.
He shudders, leaps free. And continues.
escorted up a long stairway, into another hall, and
join them... then turns back, eyes the door, the Cardinal
ignored for the moment.
I have an errand that requires
your singular talents.
Forget you? Impossible.
from the same pit.
and hands it to Milady.
Carry this to the Duke of
You did it. An alliance with
The King left me no choice. Now
that he's come of age, the boy
believes he should rule France.
Instead of me.
(silences him with
once. A ship called the
Persephone will carry you to
England. It sails Tuesday,
midnight. I want Buckingham's
signature next to mine before the
King's birthday. Friday.
Consider it done.
gratitude of... a King.
D'Artagnan leaps back from the door as it opens, head
a hand slams down upon his shoulder.
D'Artagnan lands with a thud at Richelieu's feet.
On your knees.
mighty kick. D'Artagnan scrambles into the correct
posture of supplication. Rochefort continues:
This is the boy who killed
I can explain that --
the floor. The Cardinal frowns.
Rochefort. Violence solves
nothing. Leave him to me.
Please. Sit down.
looks at the Cardinal, an apparition in red. The Cardinal
speaks, his manner casual, friendly.
How much did you hear?
Not a word, Your Eminence. I
stepped from my cell for a breath
of air, and became lost in the
corridors, it's dark as you know,
but then I saw a light up ahead,
the light over your door, I...
Richelieu smiles, dismisses d'Artagnan's tale with a
wave of his hand.
You may have many talents, my
young friend. But guile is not
one of them. Do you have a name?
I've heard that name before. Are
you a Gascon?
Yes, Your Eminence.
Tell me. What brought you to
Paris. And don't say 'a horse.'
I came to join the King's
So I've heard.
D'Artagnan, I like you. I could
in my Guards.
I'm honored, Your Eminence, but I
popular with the other men. Not
on being a Musketeer.
(off his look)
When I was your age, I too had
dreams of joining the Musketeers.
You, Your Eminence?
Frenchman. Or should I say it
Like the Knights of the Round
Table, the Musketeers have
outlived their usefulness. They
are a thing of the past.
And so have your three friends.
Tell me where they are, d'Artagnan,
and I will spare your life.
awe, but in opposition.
I'm sorry. But I can't tell you
what I do not know.
In that case, give my regards to
What about my trial?
You've just had it.
D'Artagnan calls after.
Why? Do you object to losing
Yes. I like it where it is.
Then tell me what I want to know,
and perhaps you will keep it there
a few years longer.
Where are the three Musketeers?
I don't know.
And if you did?
(after a beat)
I wouldn't tell you.
You might have made a fine
Musketeer after all.
But we'll never know, will we?
turns to the Captain, commands:
They'll be dead by dawn.
A comforting thought. Good night,
d'Artagnan. Enjoy it. Morning
ON d'Artagnan for a beat. History's pawn.
scaffold, held back by men-at-arms. A hooded executioner
black sombrero. The executioner, a large man, raises
high. If he must die, he will die with dignity.
Milady left at midnight. By
A remarkable woman. The most
beautiful I've ever known. And
the deadliest. Which would
explain my attraction.
(peering down at
several men-at-arms carrying muskets.
grabs the coachman, yanks him from his seat.
62 SCAFFOLD 62
Fear not, my son...
large Bible in his hands.
For we are with you, always.
is Aramis. He whispers:
All for one, and one for all...
Prepare the prisoner.
Porthos lays his axe aside, approaches d'Artagnan in a
crowd goes wild.
(whispers into his
Don't worry, boy. You won't
feel a thing.
The good father is... all tied up.
Very well. Proceed.
Meanwhile, on the perimeter of the square, two figures
ride on horseback, they wear familiar cloaks. A CLOSER
progress has led them here. Anne frowns at the spectacle.
Men call it justice.
Are you surprised?
square, the crowd, the executioner's axe. But Constance
freezes in place, eyes wide. As d'Artagnan, upon the
between. Constance's eyes fill with tears, she watches
the crowd. D'Artagnan raises his head to see the source
of this mayhem.
scattering the crowd in all directions. Men shout, women
in the other... is Athos.
Captain of the Guards. A man-at-arms raises his musket
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(the usual dour
expression, but a
hint of levity)
Gentlemen, your carriage.
Compliments of the Cardinal.
D'Artagnan rushes to the edge of the scaffold, springs
carriage. The roof fabric tears, they drop into the
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Constance watches the escape, transfixed, delighted. As
gloved fist into the air, triumphant.
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68 CARRIAGE 68
Well, what have we here?
and a wide assortment of foods.
How considerate of the Cardinal
to provide us with a snack.
How is it that a man of God
becomes a man of gold?
(looks on, grins)
Trinkets for the ladies.
Would you be so good as to
distribute these? Your generosity
will be greatly appreciated.
(open the box, reacts)
(to the point)
Throw the coins, boy. The people
carriage interior. Pedestrians see the gold, shout, and
LOUD POPPING sound, ducks.
They're firing at us!
You know I prefer wine.
Don't go away.
May I recommend this find
to d'Artagnan. D'Artagnan struggles with the reins, tries
Turn right at the next street.
The next right...?
Athos growls, d'Artagnan jerks at the reins. The carriage
over his tunic... and a brand new sash.
That's it. Next time, you drive.
Gentlemen, this is the end of the
line. I hope you had a pleasant
Unhitch the horses.
But the Guards.
Do as I say.
Your pistol and powder, please.
white stallions, race off into the distance. Porthos
I'd give five years of your life
just to see the Cardinal's face!
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measured and calm.
their heads, dead or alive. The
boy knows our plans.
Rochefort reacts with surprise.
I guess with all the excitement,
Your trip from home has been an
(he can't quite
I heard of a d'Artagnan once. He
was a captain in the Musketeers
when we were just recruits.
He was my father.
A good man, I'm told.
I knew there was something
familiar about this boy.
He died when I was nine.
that he died in the service of
D'Artagnan, your father and another
Musketeer were ambushed and
murdered outside the Louvre.
still alive? I'd like to talk
You already have. His name is
the Count De Rochefort.
D'Artagnan isn't listening. He stands suddenly, turns,
comfort, a hand on d'Artagnan's shoulder.
On a battlefield, defending
France. And now... I will find
the man who murdered my father
and kill him where he stands.
life than by his death. Your
father was bold, and brave.
But you never knew him...
He lives in you.
pauses to reflect. Then wonders:
And your father?
The church took me in.
You didn't have one.
But I did. He was a great man,
a leader of the church. And his
example inspired me to dedicate
my life to God's service.
secret he carries near to his heart.
You were a priest...
I was a fool.
(eyes on the cool
This great man, this father,
betrayed the church, and turned
his back on God. To worship power
And you became a Musketeer.
strange thing happened. I got my
But who was that man...
(turns to face him)
Eminence, the Cardinal Richelieu.
Richelieu stands on the roof of the Palais, lost in
Your Eminence. The Musketeers
on the road to Calais.
the pigeons, strokes it gently.
Don't worry. Thanks to our winged
waiting for them.
(with a smile)
his story. In mid-telling:
... I couldn't hear it clearly,
I was standing by the door, the
voices were low --
England. With a secret treaty.
He's made an alliance with a man
named, Bucking... Buckingham.
The Duke of Buckingham?
Do you know him?
for the Cardinal's agent at
Calais. To take him to England.
Calais is over two hundred leagues
prove the Cardinal a traitor. If
we can get our hands on them.
What are we waiting for, let's go.
single word. All turn, wonder.
(as always, the
Does the Cardinal know you have
Then he knows we have it too. And
he'll do everything in his power
to stop us.
But with three men trying, one
of us might be able to make it.
Athos almost smiles.
And galloping out of the fog come d'Artagnan and the
heroic tableau for a long beat.
and swords. The Mercenaries wait in the darkness, whisper
eagerly among themselves.
Faint, but growing closer.
Shoot low. We'll need their
heads for identification.
the roadway. The wagon's driver, an old FARMER, sits on
one of the kegs, holding his head. D'Artagnan and the
Thank God for a friendly face.
help me move these kegs out of
D'Artagnan starts to dismount.
Stay on your horse.
He needs our help.
Don't worry. We'll help him.
Won't you step down... Musketeers?
Gentlemen, I beg you. Please put
kegs from the road. We'd prefer
D'Artagnan and the "Farmers" gape at Aramis in surprise.
You're threatening us?
It's not a threat, it's a fact.
If you don't haul those kegs away,
you're dead where you stand.
and aims it at Porthos' head. But before he can pull the
Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
three dead "Farmers" sprawled in the road and the three
Mine hit the ground first.
Mine was taller.
There's only one rule, d'Artagnan
-- stay alive.
suspicion. Outisde, the STORM BLOWS. D'Artagnan closes
meet the four ominous travelers.
spare. The Cardinal's Guards were
here today. They helped
themselves to our food and then
refused to pay.
In the name of God, I'm sure.
exposes his Musketeer tunic.
back to back in a circle, ready for attack.
here are thrilled to see them.
Musketeers in my house! Gentlemen,
put away your swords and come in.
We don't have much but what we
have is yours.
Ladies, you're in for a treat
tonight. Allow me to introduce
myself. I'm the Musketeer they
happens. The Barmaids look at each other.
Still no response. Aramis and d'Artagnan hide smiles.
It's hard to believe they haven't
heard of the great Porthos.
Oh, shut up, Aramis.
Aramis? Did you say Aramis?
I don't get it. I just don't
I said, 'A Queen is no different
than a barmaid in the dark. Though
less... practiced in the arts of
But d'Artagnan isn't so sure. Porthos, with two Barmaids,
bellows a reply.
If you're going to be a proper
Musketeer, you'll have to learn
the manly art of wenching. Right,
Ahh, very good. Your first
subject. But you'll need
instruction. Watch closely.
her lips toward his.
first kiss. For in that kiss, a
lasting impression is made. If it
is weak, she will think you are
weak. And if it is comical, she
will think you are a clown. With
Weak... weak. Comical... clown.
Very good. And as a Musketeer is
never weak, and only rarely a
clown, your first kiss must be all
the things that you are. Like
turns to d'Artagnan with a grin.
your name, her name, an endearment
waste of time.
Only if you don't know which words
Porthos reacts with delight. D'Artagnan with interest.
Words may make a more lasting
impression than a thousand of
I'll demonstrate. Please. Sit
eyes... and begins to speak.
'Shall I compare thee to a
Thou art more lovely and more
buds of May,
And summer's leash hath all too
short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven
And often is his gold complexion
And every fair from fair sometimes
By chance, or nature's changing
Nor lose possession of that fair
wanderest in his shade,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes
So long lives this, and this gives
life to thee.'
The Barmaid, once skeptical, sits silently. Her face
the outcome. He turns to d'Artagnan, cites:
The Barmaid on his lap disagrees.
Come on, d'Artagnan. We haven't
got all night.
best he can:
'Shall I compare thee to a summer's
Thou are move lovely and more
tempest, er, more tempered...'
Ahh, to hell with it --
The boy's a natural.
So little time, so much to learn.
In all the years I've know him...
Why is he sitting by himself?
Ignore him. He'll be his usual
warm, charming self by morning.
Service! My lap is cold!
sprawling on the floor, laughing heartily.
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Come join us.
Athos pulls d'Artagnan down with a dark smile. He fills
his flagon for him.
You fight like a Musketeer. Let's
see if you can drink like one.
front of me.
Famous last words.
(raising his flagon)
across the room.
d'Artagnan for a long beat, then beyond. As if to look
into another time and place. Finally:
Would you like to hear a story,
d'Artagnan? A love story?
he keeps inside. D'Artagnan is fascinated, moved. He
wipes the blood red wine from his lips.
I once knew a man... one of the
Counts of Berry. My native
province. When the good Count was
about your age, he fell in love
with a visitor from Paris. A
breathtaking girl of seventeen.
She was more than beautiful,
d'Artagnan. She was...
intoxicating. And this man, the
poor idiot, he married her.
Isn't that what people do when
they fall in love?
Be quiet and listen.
The Count took her to his castle
and made her the first lady of the
province. They were happy for a
time, as happy as a man and a
woman can be. Then one day, while
riding in the woods, the girl was
thrown from her horse, and knocked
help her. Her dress was torn.
On her her arm, the woman wore a
gold band in the shape of a
serpent. It was the only article
The Count's curiosity got the best
of him. He reached over and slid
down the gold band. He saw
something on her arm... something
she'd kept hidden 'til then...
The fleur d'lis. She'd been
D'Artagnan reacts with shock.
Executioner's blade. She swore
she had changed. And if he would
just keep her secret, they would
live a long life together.
stupid. He was tormented by the
ridicule of his social class. And
so he rejected her. For her lies
and for her past.
And turned her over to the
authorities to be executed for the
But you see... his heart did not
agree. The Count soon realized
what she had meant to him. And
what he had done.
That his... betrayal was far
greater than her own.
society that shaped him. Gave up
his title. And was never seen
He loved her.
and puts it back again.
Good. More for me.
Aramis -- play something with some
blood in it! I feel like dancing!
floor with a CLATTER.
Porthos lies in the wreckage, staring up. Athos, totally
Care to dance, Athos?
Only if I can lead.
breaks out laughing.
Aramis! Athos made a joke!
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and a sleepy expression.
Excuse me, gentlemen.
Were we making too much noise?
You told me to wake you at dawn.
Beautiful morning, eh, d'Artagnan?
D'Artagnan is terribly hung-over from the night's
You know, d'Artagnan, it's not a
good idea to travel on an empty
My head feels like it's filled
with the King's marching band.
Would you please stop whistling?
Whistling? I'm not whistling.
Well someone is.
The Barmaid's kiss left him dizzy.
I hear it too. It sounds like...
A connon ball.
Athos is cut off by an EAR-PIERCING WHISTLE as a CANNON
sending up a tremendous EXPLOSION.
I hate cannon balls.
some long-forgotten war.
away. As dirt rains upon them:
How's your head now?
I'm beginning to wish the Cardinal
had chopped if off.
Stay with us, and you just might
get your wish.
horsemen waiting for them in the near distance. He
Split in half! D'Artagnan rides
D'Artagnan nods, thrilled to go with Athos.
We'll see you in Calais!
Athos and d'Artagnan take off in one direction, Porthos
In mid-conversation, as confidantes and friends:
But how, your Majesty? How can
you tell if you're really in love?
And when he's around, do your
knees feel as weak as water?
And when he looks at you, do you
suddenly forget how to breathe?
Then you're in love.
(thrilled by the
knowledge; knew it
naked body. She wonders:
Who is he?
Of course I will.
The young man on the scaffold?
(turns back in the
water, peers ahead)
You're right. I don't believe it.
they are Queen and subject.
Are you in love, Your Majesty?
What an impertinent question.
Anne pauses. If only her life, her emotions, were as
My love... is a matter of state.
A sad beat. Constance teases:
As Queen, my mind touches on many
Do your knees feel as weak as
When he looks at you, do you
forget how to breathe?
A beat. And Anne is a girl of eighteen again, not Queen.
Wistful, she replies:
I hope he will someday. I hope
I will too.
HOLD ON Anne for a beat.
arranging her thick wet hair into braids.
Constance, have you seen my...?
Your Majesty, forgive me.
I need your help. And could not
in good conscience wait another
You want my help?
On what matter?
encounter with Louis)
Of course. As Your Eminence has
It's the least I can do.
What do you mean?
The Huguenot rebellion, occupation
in the Antilles and Cayenne. The
coming war with France. These are
He feels it is not... appropriate.
concerned with more important
Which is exactly why we must
(off her look)
To show the world that the King of
any enemy on any field. To show
France... that he is King.
He will listen to you. If you
loyalty. Anne considers, replies, noncommittal:
I will speak to him.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I...
(off her look)
Please understand that I do not
underestimate the value of your
And that I wish for you to
consider -- in fact, to know --
all that you and I might
(quietly, as if
greets him with displeasure.
from his encounter with the Queen.
I'm sorry to be late, Your
Majesty, but I was wrestling with
number of Cardinal's Guards on duty. They make him feel
Why is it I don't see any of my
I'm afraid... that's impossible.
They have become outlaws. They
are terrorizing the countryside,
robbing and killing innocent
Louis can't believe it.
There must be some mistake.
No mistake. I have reports from
doubt counterfeit. But Louis has no way of knowing. He
They are better off disbanded.
below. His mood glum and lonely. He sighs, moves on to
another matter of business.
Your Eminence, I've been hearing
Richelieu nods, not the least bit concerned.
There are so many to choose from.
Is it the one about my alleged
alliance with Buckingham? Let's
see if I remember it correctly.
without, I'll undermine the throne
That rumor, Your Majesty?
Richelieu smiles, his face a mask of innocence.
It does seem rather farfetched.
loyalty, they'll be put to rest
birthday celebration when we're
on the brink of war...
(alert, ready for
this as well)
at a time like this.
I'm not so eager.
I have an idea. Why don't you
discuss the matter with your
into his spider's strategems.
Porthos and Aramis ride hard, look back over their
shoulders. They crest the top of a bluff, rein their
horses to a stop. They can afford to rest for a moment.
Ten, twenty at the most.
Here's just the thing. A nice,
relaxing boat ride.
bank of a swift, choppy river.
The Ferryman, an experienced boot-licker, bows and
to his way.
But I only have one. Couldn't
my child ride free? She's so
Put away your money, madame. You
river under our protection. For
Nobody rides for free! Under
indeed! I'll teach you a thing
do you think you are!!
(waits for the
tirade to cease;
too -- into cringing, obedient servant.
Musketeers? Well, why didn't you
say so? Of course you'll ride for
free. I insist on it. This way,
pretty madame. My what a lovely
hill on their horses.
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with keen interest.
been looking for.
Popularity has its price.
Would you gentlemen care to drink
a toast with us to the Cardinal?
We'd be happy to.
If you'll drink one with us to
But the only King we recognize...
is the Cardinal.
Happily, no such objections have
been raised... here.
All right. I'll object.
Let's see. You are, by your dress
and by your manner, members of a
Eminence the Cardinal is as that
peed the day before.
Piss is piss, no matter what robes
Well said. I'm impressed.
I was momentarily inspired.
measured tones, his lips white with fury.
May I reply?
By all means.
Better to be a dog in the service
throne that he does not see the
say, that most muddy-brained of
all men... a Musketeer.
least I'd like to think so. It's
too bad we can only kill them
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of it. Slipping, sliding, and falling. They attack with
everything they've got. The Cavaliers are excellent
swordsmen. And, as if that were not enough, the
over -- blindfolded horses.
breathless. Porthos complains:
I've been called a lot of things
in my time...
(eyes on the
But beef-witted is a little more
than I can stand, not to mention
Can you swim?
(doesn't like the
sound of this)
No. My horse can.
their mounts, the horses slip upon the wet deck as they
guide them to the edge.
No, no. Please. After you.
Stalemate. Then, they can't help it, Aramis and Porthos
grin. Life is an adventure, lived to the fullest. They
ARAMIS AND PORTHOS
One, two -- three!
Thank you. God speed.
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fellow Musketeer... and the deep rapids up ahead.
Cardinal's Guards. Waiting, swords drawn, for their
A nice relaxing boat ride...
around them is dark and primeval.
Do you think we've lost them?
They'll catch up eventually.
To the point, as always. D'Artagnan pauses to look at
their beautiful surroundings, remembers:
My father used to hunt in a forest
like this. He promised to take me
on my tenth birthday. I don't know
why he picked that year. Something
about a boy becoming a man. I'd
just the two of us. But he died
before I could go with him.
Well. You have your boyhood wish
at last. The dark forest. The
thrill of the hunt. The nearness
Only d'Artagnan is the hunted, not the hunter.
I'd be proud to die for my King.
I just wanted to save you from the
life of a Musketeer. You don't
have to go looking for experience,
d'Artagnan. It'll find you soon
enough. And when it does -- it
will mark you forever.
pastoral setting, almost peaceful. And then: THUNDERING
HOOFBEATS. Athos and d'Artagnan turn in surprise, see
d'Artagnan's shoulder, he staggers, retains his mount.
Stalemate, but not for long. They are badly outnumbered.
I'll hold them off for as long as
I can. Go on without me.
I can't leave you here. Not like
Ride to Calais and stop the
Athos... I can't.
Go, or I'll kill you myself.
question. Fearful, if nothing else. But not here, not
A duel then.
All right. I'll toss a coin.
Tails I stay, heads you remain.
hand. And looks between.
missing a beat.
Tails. I stay.
d'Artagnan a chance to see.
At least take my pistol.
(gruff; yet proud)
Don't let us down... Musketeer.
hasn't got a chance.
(a choke of emotion)
runs to his MOUNT, GALLOPS away.
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Abruptly... the SHOTS CEASE.
D'Artagnan swallows his heart, and rides.
signpost announces: CALAI 15 LEAGUES. An exhausted
saddle. It is d'Artagnan. He can barely keep his eyes
bodyguards to the carriage's passenger. Milady de
What is it, Henri?
There's a body in the road, Milady.
My, what a handsome boy. Put him
inside with me.
Out of the darkness, a face appears, BLURRY and OBSCURED.
Milady de Winter, even more beautiful in CLOSEUP.
hair. She smiles warmly.
Welcome back. Did you dream?
who sits at the edge. His eyes widen with recognition,
Have we met?
I... saw you in Paris.
grate. Food and drink have been set upon a table.
D'Artagnan continues, still groggy, uncertain:
Where am I...?
This is Calais.
(with a jolt)
(muttered; to self)
The ship... Tuesday at midnight...
Where are my clothes?
Filthy. I'm having them cleaned.
Is something wrong?
What day is it? What time?!
D'Artagnan runs to a window, and throws open the shutters.
It's Tuesday, near nine.
Nine? Are you sure?
him at the window.
Are you in a hurry?
(after a beat)
How did I... get here?
I found you in the road.
Discarded. Like an unwanted
kitten. Do you have a name or
shall I make one up for you?
My name is d'Artagnan.
D'Artagnan. I like that. I am
the Countess de Winter. Milady.
My husband's dead.
I have learned to live with death.
hint of danger. All in a single reply. D'Artagnan
hesitates, he is not immune to her charms, then:
Countess, I'm very grateful for
what you've done, but I can't stay
here. I've got...
How mysterious. A handsome young
man with 'important business' in
the still of night. Does it
involve a young lady?
Does it require clothes?
Yes. I need my clothes.
They won't be ready for at least
when they are dry. Until then,
I'm afraid you are my prisoner.
Would the prisoner care for a
I am... thirsty.
Good. Then we will sit by the
fire, and eat and drink, and you
may impress, perhaps even move me,
with the story of how you came to
lie unconscious, in the middle of
the night, on the road to Calais.
I love a good adventure.
D'Artagnan hesitates, then steps to her.
the message on its leg.
A room as cold as the man who owns it. Behind
d'Artagnan's sword. He lifts it to the light, and
slashes the air. He stands, duels with an imaginary
imaginary opponent is that he is
always greatly skilled, and always
easily defeated. The pride of
victory, without the risk of loss.
If only life were like that.
Richelieu sits at his desk, peers at the message. He
looks up, pleased.
Milady has reached Calais.
Musketeers. They are dead by now.
Buckingham's signature will be on
the treaty by morning.
The King's birthday celebration...?
Will proceed as planned. Thanks
to the kind intercession of Queen
And our plans...?
Will proceed as well.
King's portrait. And drink.
empty. They drink wine from goblets. D'Artagnan drains
speaks quietly, with seeming compassion:
You are sad.
Milady knows when to speak, and when to listen. She
continue. The warm room, the wine, her kindness. All
conspire to loosen his tongue. D'Artagnan speaks
quietly, from the heart:
have. We were separated on our
way to Calais. I'm afraid I'll
never see them again.
What brings you here?
I'd like to tell you. But I can't.
I understand. Men make bold plans
in secret. And women wait... to
mourn, or to celebrate the outcome.
I know from experience, it's a
(after a beat)
All I can tell you is... I'm on a
mission for the King.
(looks up; laughs
I've heard that one before.
You are a young man. And young
men are given to exaggeration.
However, if you would like to
entertain me with a story, I'm
eager to hear it. And please,
make it very brave, filled with
handsome knights and beautiful
ladies. I know, a dragon --
a woman who does not take him seriously. D'Artagnan acts
accordingly, and reveals:
I came to Calais to stop a spy
from sailing to England.
I believe you...
Aren't you afraid?
Musketeers are not afraid of
I knew it. I knew you were a
Musketeer the moment I saw you.
(with sudden concern)
But, d'Artagnan, if this spy was
to find out you are here, your
I'm dangerous. You're not afraid
look in her eyes, can almost feel her lips upon him.
And midnight as it approaches.
You're not dangerous.
Then what am I?
Milady covers him with caresses. D'Artagnan resists
slightly, but she presses closer, she will not be denied.
Beauty, danger. They are the same.
And with that, she reaches up to her hair, an ivory
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I'm sorry --
D'Artagnan pulls back -- just as Milady's arm arcs down
the nick of time, parries with his free hand, knocking
stunned with fear and surprise:
What're you doing?! Have you lost
You came to Calais to stop a spy
from sailing to England.
negligee rips open. D'Artagnan sees the soft white flesh,
Just as Athos told it to him. Not so long ago.
a half-smile. He holds out his hands, both empty. And
forward to meet him.
d'Artagnan thinks fast.
You can kill me. But a surprise
waits for you in England. That
even Buckingham can't prevent.
(stops Henri with
D'Artagnan. You are young, vain,
and foolish. But I do not know
if you are clever.
We'll take him with us.
with a nod at
Parker will devise ways to
convince you to share your final
secret with me. It is a long
Milady's eyes show nothing but cold cruelty.
followed by d'Artagnan, now clothed. He is flanked by
against d'Artagnan's side.
Milady leads them down the hall. But when she reaches
back with surprise.
D'Artagnan sees Milady's reaction -- surprise, impatience,
and just a hint of fear. Milady commands:
The back stairs. Hurry!
away in the direction of the harbor. In the driver's
her. D'Artagnan sees his opening... and speaks:
The man at the inn... what did
Justice. Honor. Revenge.
He is the brother of my late
husband, Lord de Winter. He
blames me for de Winter's death.
Did you murder your husband,
What do you think?
Remembers Athos' tale of love and loss.
(off her look)
I once knew a man, one of the
Counts of Berry. He told me a
story... of beauty and danger.
He was the bravest man I've ever
known. And the saddest.
touches her heart. D'Artagnan looks at her with a steady
helps Milady out of the carriage. D'Artagnan follows.
Milady's bodyguards dismount, six of them. A motley
ready for any encounter.
What's the matter, d'Artagnan?
ride to the rescue?
My friends are dead.
Well. If it's any consolation,
you'll soon be joining them.
d'Artagnan toward the fog-enshrouded ship. A name can be
made out on her barnacled hull. Persephone.
We are the Countess de Winter's
party, arrived from Paris.
Permission to come aboard.
strains to see.
followed by Milady, d'Artagnan, Parker, and the six
Take us to your captain.
The tall figure does not reply, nor does he move. Henri
What are you, deaf?
What is this?
other silent silhouettes. They, like the tall figure...
Dead! They're all dead!
Well I certainly hope so. After
all that hard work.
first on top of Milady's Bodyguards. D'Artagnan stands
(calling to him)
You look like you've seen a ghost.
Two of them.
Remind me to tell you the story
raging waters. A heroic tale of
love, death, and Musketeers.
Suitable for the general public.
wish to die, raise your hands!
Don't by shy, there's plenty to
of his hand. D'Artagnan does a back flip but falls on
d'Artagnan's head off, his face grimaces as he is lifted
Sorry I'm late. Did I miss
feet and embraces Athos.
I thought you were dead.
Keep your mind on the mission,
around her, she retreats into the shadows.
Boy, it's a miracle you're still
alive fighting like that.
What do you mean?
First, always find your enemy's
weakness. Second, take advantage
of it. Watch me.
knocks him to the deck. D'Artagnan repeats, even as he
disables his own foe.
Find the weakness. Take advantage.
where he kneels. Aramis doesn't miss a beat -- he shifts,
the ship after a night's drunk. They see and hear the
That's our ship...
large Musketeer with his back turned. They charge.
Porthos the Pirate!!
I told you I was famous.
Porthos the Pirate?
Privateer. There's a difference.
I love a good sea story. Do tell
Did you find the Cardinal's spy?
Did you kill him?
Athos. The spy... is a woman.
Athos turns to d'Artagnan, wonders. And at that moment,
across the deck, the battle between.
And gives chase.
deadly comb from her hair, grips the dagger's handle.
with love, with hate:
How did you do it, Sabine? How
did you come back from the dead?
A kind gentleman took pity on me.
I did not.
No, Count. You were too proud to
listen to the truth. I learned
the value of lies soon after.
past and what it brings.
Give me the Cardinal's treaty.
Then I will shoot.
Athos c*cks the trigger. Milady whispers:
Be kind. And aim for my heart.
Athos' face is a mask of contradiction. He tries to pull
the trigger, but it is not in him. Milady recognizes
his pain with a nod. She feels it, too. Then, briefly,
their love, and where it led them.
I remember... everything.
Armand de Winter. He has ridden, and he has followed,
Countess de Winter...
The public room is empty, save for d'Artagnan and the
What about the King?
He is not mentioned directly. But
'demonstration' of the Cardinal's
A demonstration? What does that
I don't know.
Now he rises to his feet.
I know someone who does.
I'd like a word with your
(a beat, he nods)
She dies at dawn.
Did you come to offer me
Milady turns, looks up to face him.
There was a time when I would've
given my life for a kind word.
I could not give it, Sabine.
I was... a fool.
Did you kill his brother and his
father as he says?
(a long beat,
honest at the
I have become... the nightmare
you once thought me to be.
But not before. Not us.
No. The memory will keep me
Athos kneels at her side, near to pleading:
Do you know the Cardinal's plans?
Will you spare my life?
time, another place)
(off his look)
I'll take the secret to my grave.
Sabine. You'll die for your
crimes. Nothing can stop that.
up to you.
What did the world ever do for me?
HOLD ON Athos. Milady's hand in his. All that he is
younger, the girl she used to be. The Executioner walks
the day he dies.
priestly cloth he carries.
I forgive you for your crimes.
Die in peace.
Athos repeats, whispers:
Die in peace.
Aramis comes forward, intones:
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
On your knees.
down... a cry is heard, torn from the heart:
scimitar loose. It falls to the ground.
rushes to her.
Forgive me, Sabine. Please
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.
the King at his birthday celebration
cliff's edge... and steps over it. The Executioner
distant horizon. A long silence. THUNDER RUMBLES.
God's justice be done.
other side, mutters:
The King's life in danger. We
have work to do.
heart should be.
roof to the painting, appraise the damage. Thie Cardinal
pokes a long finger into the hole.
He can do it every time.
positioned far away on one of the roof parapets. The
marksman rises from a shooter's crouch, bows curtly,
And he has no qualms about...
None. He believes that man should
A man of faith. How delightful.
(turns back to
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.
with stars. His evil intent.
131 DAWN 131
breaks. MUSIC UP, and...
d'Artagnan's father's study. It reads: All For One,
And One For All.
Townspeople are gathered around.
declared outlaws and are sentenced
to death. Any person sheltering
parchment now attached to his chest. All For One, And
One For All.
into action. All For One, And One For All.
is in the air. And why not, it is the King's birthday.
patch, in command of the Cardinal's Guards. A Seneschal
Queen pass. Constance, dressed for the occasion, looks
on from the sidelines, smiles. The King and Queen
They look... happy.
Hungry, more likely.
celebration. And when the Cardinal
told me how much it meant to you...
I said nothing.
confidence how much the celebration
would mean to you...
quietly, to himself:
I'm not sure which is sadder... to
die so young. Or to die a King.
France will not go wanting. A new
King will sit on the throne. The
true King after all...
reach. Then, as if to reassure:
Is everything ready?
Yes, Your Eminence.
Are you sure?
I'd stake my life on it, Your
(a dark beat)
Rest assured, Captain. You have.
protected by a double line of the Cardinal's Guards,
army to get past them.
We'll try to reach the King...
disappointed to be left behind, pauses, checks the
buildings that loom overhead. Then he starts, reacts
with shock and surprise.
142 D'ARTAGNAN'S POV 142
The bell tower of the Carmes-Deschaux monastery. A
figure moving about, dimly-viewed, but this much is
clear. The man is not a monk. And he is carrying a
musket in his hands.
off running for the monastery.
I do not trust him.
I'm not sure who to trust.
Then we will discover the truth
toward the balcony.
vertiginous shaft. D'Artagnan races up the narrow,
circular stairs. Above him is the open trap to the bell
turned, taking aim.
c*cks the hammer of his flinklock.
causing the marksman's SHOT to go wild.
Just for an instant... but it is enough.
Behind Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, something incredible
keeps his usually dour expression. But his eyes are
Save the King!!
and plunges to his death.
like a fireman's pole, d'Artagnan grabs hold and slides
down into the abyss.
riot, seeks the Queen.
assumes an air of priestly innocence.
Leave us... alone.
and Anne across the room.
(a cold whisper)
Kill him. Kill her, too.
prepared to protect his Queen. To die for her if
Get behind me.
side. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis at the lead.
Greetings, Monsieur Cyclops. Are
Not for long.
158 BATTLE 158
Musketeers. Anne watches him with a host of emotions.
gaze, then returns to battle.
heavy goblet, shouts:
catches it neatly, brings it down on the head of the
from behind, Porthos intervenes, runs the man through.
grabs a dagger from his belt with his free hand. But
face with his fist.
Rochefort goes sprawling. He loses his sword, it slides
D'Artagnan stoops to pick up his long-lost sword. He
But he shouts:
D'Artagnan. Kill him where he
death of his father. D'Artagnan wonders. Rochefort
By all means. Let's discover if
you are as brave a man as your
father was. And as foolish.
(stunned by the
revelation as it
He died for his King and for
France. But most of all... he
died on the end of my sword.
(the final curse)
As will you.
whispers to heaven.
This is for you, Father.
everything he's got, driving him into an adjoining
Rochefort duel, slashing at each other.
Cardinal's Guards. Each with his by-now familiar
knee into d'Artagnan's groin. D'Artagnan falls to the
One thing's certain. You're no
But d'Artagnan remembers Athos' advice. "Always find
Take it back...?
I might... have been... mistaken.
Rochefort crumples to the floor, dead. D'Artagnan looks
at Rochefort's blood on his sword. His father's death
SILKEN ROBE. D'Artagnan pivots, sees Richelieu kneeling
paper, d'Artagnan flies past the Cardinal, and dives
after to retrieve it.
stumbles out of the fireplace, covered with soot,
clutching the treaty. He grins. ON d'Artagnan's look
Your Majesty, that document is an
obvious forgery. I am clearly the
victim of a conspiracy designed
both King and Queen.
This is a complicated matter,
Your Eminence, affecting both
France and the crown...
And so, until such time as I and
my advisors --
of the matter. I invite you to
await our decision in the comfort
of... the Bastille.
You can't do this to me. I'm the
Cardinal of France.
(never more certain)
And I am its King.
Shouts of "Long live the King! Long live the King!"
And as King... I hereby reinstate
d'Artagnan. I'll be keeping an
eye on you.
Thank you, Your Eminence. I'll
be watching you, too.
Is this the young man who saved
Porthos puts a hand on d'Artagnan's shoulder.
His name's d'Artagnan, Sire.
Queen. Then he remembers, reaches into his doublet. And
turns to the Queen.
... Your Majesty...
road. He holds it out to her. The King wonders, the
Thank you, d'Artagnan. But the
bracelet does not belong to me.
(off his look)
It belongs to her.
D'Artagnan, I am in your debt.
What can I do to repay the courage
you've shown me? Anything,
D'Artagnan. Whatever your heart
D'Artagnan knows what he wants. But he is tongue-tied,
unable to ask for it. Athos asks for him.
Majesty, his heart has only one
desire. To become a Musketeer.
Louis answers with pleasure.
Then kneel, d'Artagnan.
his sword on each of his shoulders.
filled with danger. Truth
despoiled by broken promises.
Honor undermined by the pursuit
the weak are oppressed by the
truth, honor, and freedom. They
us. That such a life is not just
possible, but necessary to our
continued survival. As a country,
images rush through his mind. His home in Gascony,
encounters with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, their
adventures together, the face of Milady. It's been a
Rise, d'Artagnan. And join them.
D'Artagnan stands, transformed from boy to man. BELLS
gleam in her eyes. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis surround
bright blue tunic of the Musketeers. They slip the tunic
over d'Artagnan's head, react with a cheer. D'Artagnan
hugs each of the three. For each has given him gifts
more valuable than gold.
Porthos, Aramis, and last... Athos. Who, to the surprise
of all who know him... smiles.
Do my eyes deceive me?
I find it hard to believe myself.
His lips, unused as they are to
such a contortion, twisted and
stretched... into a smile.
It was spectacular. And what
I know this is a stupid question.
But what exactly does a Musketeer
Weren't you listening?
together, causing them to give off sparks.
All for one...
... And one for all!!
MUSIC SOARS. The curtain falls.
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