Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons

     
 

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Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the Crusades of the 12th century. Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a humble French blacksmith who is searching for a reason to go on after the death of his wife and children. Balian is approached by Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a fabled knight who has briefly returned home after serving in… See more details below

Overview

Ridley Scott directed this epic-scale historical drama inspired by the events of the Crusades of the 12th century. Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a humble French blacksmith who is searching for a reason to go on after the death of his wife and children. Balian is approached by Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a fabled knight who has briefly returned home after serving in the East. Godfrey informs Balian that he is his true father, and urges the blacksmith to join him as he and his forces journey to Jerusalem to help defend the holy city. Balian accepts, and he and Godfrey arrive during the lull between the Second and Third Crusades, in which the city is enjoying a fragile peace. Both Christian and Muslim forces are temporarily in retreat, thanks to the wisdom of the Christian monarch King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), his second-in-command Tiberias (Jeremy Irons), and Muslim potentate Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). Violent agitators on both sides are foolishly eager to end the peace in a bid for greater power, and Saladin bows to pressures from Muslim factions; Godfrey is one of a handful of brave knights who has thrown his allegiance behind Baldwin IV and his community of diversity, and Balian joins him as they use their skills as warriors in a bid to build a lasting peace. Kingdom of Heaven also stars Eva Green as the princess Sibylla, David Thewlis as Hospitaler the priest, and Brendan Gleeson as Reynald.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) has really outdone himself with this spellbinding film, an elaborately mounted epic that takes occasional liberties with the historical record but recreates the period so evocatively that viewers will be held in thrall to its sweeping narrative. The movie opens in the 12th century, between the Second and Third Crusades, with Jerusalem in Christian hands and the Leper King, Baldwin (Edward Norton), maintaining an uneasy peace with the Muslim warrior prince Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). With a truce in place, Sir Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson) returns to France in hopes of persuading his illegitimate son, Balian (Orlando Bloom), to join him in the Holy Land and defend Baldwin’s “kingdom of heaven.” Unbeknownst to either of them, unscrupulous, plundering Templar knights are undermining the peace -- inflaming the Muslim hordes and risking Jerusalem’s safety. Scott exhibits remarkable skill in telling the larger story and depicting historical events while maintaining an emphasis on more intimate, character-driven aspects of the story, such as Baldwin’s tender relationship with his sister, Sibylla (Eva Green), and adviser, Tiberias (Jeremy Irons), as well as Sibylla’s on-and-off romance with Balian. Scott lays blame for the siege of Jerusalem plainly and unambiguously at the feet of the villainous knights, and he goes to considerable lengths to make Saladin the chivalrous warrior of legend, but the film isn’t a cut-and-dried exercise in political correctness. The Europeans aren’t all bad, nor the Arab Muslims all good. In fact, the director is to be commended for approaching this very complex phase of history in a reasonably evenhanded way. Were this not the case, however, it wouldn’t change the fact that Kingdom of Heaven is extraordinarily entertaining. Everything about it is first-rate, with Scott’s realistic, expansively staged battle sequences meriting special commendation.
All Movie Guide
It's a shame this film had to come after Troy and Alexander because, despite a few flaws, it is far superior to those stabs at modernizing the costume epic. Kingdom of Heaven succeeds where those films fail because it manages to hit the right blend of grandeur and subtlety. As one would expect from a Ridley Scott film, the grandeur comes through in a wealth of period detail, many stunning vistas filmed on location, and a meticulously staged battle scene in the finale. However, what makes Kingdom of Heaven rewarding is its "subtlety" component: William Monahan's script takes great pains to create a multifaceted tale that depicts both sides of the war in an evenhanded fashion and also reminds the viewer of how religion once dominated the lives of most people. It also benefits from subtle performances that counteract the trend of broad overplaying that mars many similar epics: Orlando Bloom believably underplays his role (a big contrast to his matinee-idol prancing in Troy), Eva Green makes a suitably alluring and likeably resilient romantic interest, and Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, and David Thewlis flesh out their smaller roles with a knowing, believably world-weary cynicism. On the downside, the pressure of getting across the storyline in just two and a half hours means the story suffers a few sudden leaps and awkward transitions in its first half (specifically in how Bloom ends up in Jerusalem). However, these kinks get ironed out by the midpoint and the high quality of the film's other aspects helps make up for these flaws. In short, Kingdom of Heaven has its problems but is easily the best of the recent "sword-and-sandal epic" cycle.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
UPC:
0024543206538
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Kingdom of Heaven (full screen presentation); "The Pilgrim's Guide" text commentary; Incorporating historical and production notes while you watch the film; Interactive production grid - lets you control the moviemaking experience from the perspective of the director, cast or crew!; "Movie Real: Kingdom of Heaven" as seen on the A&E network; "History Vs. Hollywood: Kingdom of Heaven" as seen on the History channel; 4 behind the scenes featurettes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orlando Bloom Balian
Eva Green Sibylla
Jeremy Irons Tiberias
David Thewlis Hospitaler
Brendan Gleeson Reynald
Marton Csokas Guy de Lusignan
Michael Sheen Priest
Liam Neeson Godfrey
Edward Norton King Baldwin IV
Ghassan Massoud Saladin
Alexander Siddig Nasir
Khaled Nabawy Mullah
Kevin McKidd English Sergeant
Velibor Topic Almaric
Jon Finch Patriarch
Ulrich Thomsen Templar Master
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Village Sheriff
Iain Glen Richard Coeur de Lion
Jouko Ahola Odo
Martin Hancock Gravedigger
Nathalie Cox Balian's Wife
Eriq Ebouaney Firuz
Philip Glenister Squire
Bronson Webb Apprentice
Steven Robertson Angelic Priest
Michael Shaeffer Young Sergeant
Nasser Memarzia Muslim Grandee
Lofti Yahya Jedidi Old Ibelin Housekeeper
Samira Draa Sibylla's Maid
Matthew Rutherford Rider
Michael Fitzgerald Humphrey
Karim Saleh Saracen Messenger
Shane Attwooll Reynald's Templar Knight
Giannina Facio Saladin's Sister
Emilio Doorgasingh Saracen Engineer
Peter Cant Peasant Boy
Angus Wright Richard's Knight
Back Choir Singer
Catherine Bott Singer
Choir of the Kings Consort Singer
Iestyn Davies Singer
Brian Gulland Singer
Robert King Conductor
Lisbeth Scott Singer
Nicole Tibbles Singer

Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director,Producer
Adil Abdelwahab Asst. Director
Mark Albela Co-producer
Alessandro Alberti Art Director
Eugenio Alonso Stunts
Menyhert Balog-Dutombe Stunts
Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Director
Jose Luis Del Barco Art Director
Domingo Beltran Stunts
Salah Benchagra Casting
Zhor Bennani Makeup
Rastislav Benza Stunts
Ferenc Berecz Stunts
Toni Bobeta Stunts
Carlos Suarez Bodelon Art Director
Oleg Botin Stunts
Charlie Bradbury Producer
Ignacio Carreno Stunts
Pablo Casillas Stunts
Jose Manuel Cerdan Stunts
Mari Carmen Clavel Makeup
Alejandro Cobo Stunts
Neil Corbould Special Effects
Jonathan Costelloe Stunts
Robert Cowper Art Director
Ricardo Cruz Stunts
Gergely Csolle Stunts
Hayat Oulad Dahou Makeup
Montserrat Damas Makeup
Rogerio Carlos De Oliveira Stunts
Bruce Devan Production Manager
Dody Dorn Editor
Lisa Ellzey Executive Producer
Michael Elson Executive Producer
Paul Engelen Makeup
Tomas Ereminas Stunts
Pedro Fraile Stunts
Vladimir Furdik Stunts
Pedro Garcia Garcia Stunts
Gabriel Garcia Stunts
Juan Garcia Art Director
David Garrick Stunts
Gianni Giovagnoni Art Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Peter Hric Stunts
Martin Hume Camera Operator
Clive Jackson Camera Operator
Vladislavas Jacukevicius Stunts
Saulius Janavicius Stunts
Roman Jankovic Stunts
Jina Jay Casting
Filip Kadlec Stunts
Teresa Kelly Associate Producer
Krisztian Kery Stunts
Souad El Khatabi Makeup
John King Art Director
Ales Kosnar Stunts
Ratislav Kotula Stunts
Martin Kraus Stunts
Ivo Kristof Stunts
Gustav Kyselica Stunts
Melissa Lackersteen Makeup
Marese Langan Makeup
Ken Lawrence Production Manager
Pedro Lazaga Asst. Director
Inocencio Losada Stunts
Branko Lustig Executive Producer
Anderson Martin Stunts
Branislav Martinak Stunts
Daniele Massaccesi Camera Operator
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Arthur Max Production Designer
Ivan Mica Stunts
Lubomir Misak Stunts
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Zoltan Molnar Stunts
William Monahan Screenwriter
Atilla Mora Stunts
Giedrius Nagys Stunts
Terry Needham Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Ghislane Nejjar Makeup
Mohamed Nesrate Asst. Director
Patricia Nieto Production Manager
Denise O'dell Co-producer
Peter Olgyay Stunts
Joaquin Olias Stunts
Jose Antonio Ona Stunts
Hernando Ortiz Stunts
Domonkos Pardanyi Stunts
Gabor Piroch Stunts
Peter Plazak Stunts
Chris Plevin Camera Operator
Thierry Potok Co-producer
Lehocky Radoslav Stunts
Darin John Rivetti Asst. Director
Neil Roche Animator
Patricia Rodriguez Makeup
Jason Rodriguez Stunts
Bouchra Sakhi Makeup
Stanislav Samuchov Stunts
Miguel Santiago Stunts
Gabriel Manja Sarki Stunts
Stanislav Satko Stunts
Jose Maria Serrano Stunts
Neville Shulman Consultant/advisor
Matteo Silvi Makeup
Allan Smith Stunts
Robert Smith Camera Operator
Adam Somner Asst. Director
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Emily Stillman Production Manager
Marc Streitenfeld Musical Direction/Supervision
Gaspar Szabo Stunts
Istvan Szigeti Stunts
Marek Toth Stunts
Marco Trentini Art Director
Martin Uhrovcik Stunts
Laszlo Ujvari Stunts
Pavel Vokoun Stunts
Mark Aaron Wagner Stunts
Ty Warren Associate Producer
Julia Wigginton Production Manager
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer
Debra Zane Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kingdom of Heaven
1. Crossroads
2. The Baron's Son
3. In Hell
4. To Erase My Sins
5. The Guard of the Hawk
6. Whoever Dies Here Today
7. The Path to Heaven
8. A Better World
9. Remember That Name
10. The Knight's Oath
11. Perilous Journey
12. The Saracen's Challenge
13. Jerusalem
14. The New Baron
15. The Marshall of Jerusalem
16. At the King's Table
17. The Leper King
18. Ibelin
19. Guests of the House
20. There Is Only Light
21. God Wills It
22. Defenders of Kerak
23. The Friendly Enemy
24. Jerusalem Has Come
25. The Kiss of Peace
26. I Quake for Islam
27. Conscience or Nothing
28. The Final Dream
29. Long Live the King
30. Give Me a War
31. He Is Waiting
32. The Road to Hattin
33. A King's Example
34. Four Days
35. To Defend Jerusalem
36. Rise a Knight
37. Siege
38. Retaliation
39. The Third Day
40. The Door Into Jerusalem
41. Final Stand
42. Nothing and Everything
43. Leaving Jerusalem
44. A Queen Never Walks
45. I Am the Blacksmith
46. Epilogue/End Titles

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