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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 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 ...
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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 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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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
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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.
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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: 024543206538
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

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 Jr. 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kingdom of Heaven
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      English DTS
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      English Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   The Pilgrim's Guide
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   Inside Look
Disc #2 -- Kingdom of Heaven - Additional Features
   Interactive Production Grid
      How it Works
      Enter the Grid
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         Directing
         Crew
         Cast
         Pre-Production
         Production
         Post Production
         Directing/Pre-Production
         Directing/Production
         Directing/Post Production
         Crew/Pre-Production
         Crew/Production
         Crew/Post Production
         Cast/Pre-Production
         Cast/Production
         Cast/Post Production
   History vs. Hollywood
   A&E MovieReal
   Internet Featurettes
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      Ridley Scott: Creating Worlds
      Orlando Bloom: The Adventure of a Lifetime
      Production Design: Bringing an Old City to Life
      Costume Design: Creating Character Through Wardrobe
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What we should have seen

    No matter what is done with the film it will never be a perfect movie. It is still historically incorrect. However, the director's cut does improve the story, the missing plot lines fill in all of the holes and the battle scenes are much better than before, plus they really pulled out the stops when it comes to the extra features, so based on those reasons i will give it a five.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's Cut is a much better film

    This directors cut is the film that should have been released to the theaters in the first place. Watch this version and find a great film in place of the mediocre one you saw the first time. Characters make sense, performances are more complete. Ridley Scott needs to talk to Peter Jackson and find out how to get the film you made released instead of a 2 hour hacked up, studio version. Enjoy the movie you were meant to see!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a poor, pseudo-historical, and dogmatic film

    All in all, this movie was a crass attack on Christianity (particularly Roman Catholicism), and indeed, religion in general, veiled as a poor, pseudo-historical "account" of the events leading to the Third Crusade. Crusading rhetoric was misrepresented (to a degree), the leading character's identity is preposterously (and inaccurately) developed, Saladin was shown in an unduly righteous and virtuous manner (considering the actual history), the common Christians in Jerusalem were incorrectly shown as witless sheep, the Catholic clergy were improperly categorically damned as hypocritical, warmongering cowards, the Templars were grossly misrepresented--shall I continue? The only redeeming qualities of this movie were the soundtrack (mostly its Gregorian components) and the portrayal of King Baldwin IV the Leper. As the leading current British historian of the Crusades, Jonathan Riley-Smith, described it--and he would know far better than I--it is the Saddam/bin Laden version of the Crusades and will only serve the interests of the enemies of Western civilization. Had Balian given such a speech in real life as he does in this film, the crowd would not have cheered him, but rather roasted him at the stake, without the need of any encouragement by the local clergy.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie was a severe disappointment. I thought it would put the Christians in a better light, as the heroes. I should have known better. It seems that it is Hollywood's life goal to put Christianity down, especially Catholics, even if it means making crappy movies such as this. Orlando Bloom was in here because of his good looks and being Legolas in LOTR. I was excited that there were other good actors such as Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons and David Thewlis. Tragedy, tragedy, tragedy. Liam Neeson dies within the first ten minutes and David Thewlis I think was supposed to be a priest, but he never dressed nor acted as one. He never really seemed to believe in God, either. He kind of just followed Orlando around. Jeremy Irons was good until he lost his faith for no reason and completely abandoned The Holy City. Orlando's character I think just wanted to fight just to say that he could be in a battle. He had no interest in God, therefore he was fighting in vain. Of course, only the Muslims are the only ones who are good and remain true to their faith and do not make any rash decisions, such as the bloodthirsty Christians. At the end of the movie the characters seemed to say, "Actually, all religions are the same, so can't we all just get along." Uh, no. The men in these Crusades would not have fought to the death for no stupid reason, they believed that their religions were very different, which they still are.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY DISAPPOINTING TO CHRISTIANS

    I believe it was Mr. Scott's main goal to make it look like the Crusades were in vain. He makes the Muslims look they are the ones who want peace and the Christians who are attacking them. Orlando Bloom's character was muddled. He decided to help out Jerusalem to see what it was like and finds out more about God, but still refuses to believe in him. And at the end he fails to defend the city and surrenders it and goes back to his life as the blacksmith hermit. He accomplishes nothing and there is no hero.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Entertaining Epic

    I saw the original version of the film back when it came out in 2005 and I enjoyed it despite its rather disjointed structure (in places) and overly preachy scenes on religion. It's not the greatest film ever made but its actually far more historically accurate than the majority of so called 'historical' films. Sure, there are liberties taken (we know virtually nothing about Balian-which is of course why they wrote a story around him) but that is to be expected. The question to ask with films like this is if it gets the flavor of the time period right, and overall I think it does. The director's cut also goes a long way in fleshing out a number of characters-the entire sub-plot of Sibylla's son is back in and gives her grief far more poignancy. It's too bad that Jeremy Irons' character, Count Raymond of Tiberias is so slighted in the script-it was he who really led the defense of Jerusalem while his wife (who is not mentioned in the film) defended their castle but again, it's a movie. The character of Saladin (Ghassan Massoud in a brilliant performance) is quite accurate by all accounts, as is Baldwin IV (Edward Norton). In the extras disks, the filmmakers openly admit that they distorted the character of Guy (against their will, I will point out) because the studio wanted a mustache twirling villain. The real Guy was a weakling and a fool but not a comic book character. On the other hand Brendan Gleason does a very nice job with Reynald, who was really that bad in 'real life.' The acting in fact is first rate across the board and of course the visuals and soundtrack are absolutely stunning, as is to be expected with a Ridley Scott film. Personally, I think this film is superior to his oscar winning Roman epic, "Gladiator" which also suffers from a disjointed script but takes far more liberties historically than does "Kingdom of Heaven."


    One final word about some of the truly ridiculous reviews that have accompanied this offering. The ignorance and anti-Islamic bigotry that infests some of them is really a shame, and I say that as an Athiest. In fact, the real Guy did walk into a trap at the Horns of Hattin (as portrayed in the film) and was denounced by Christian historians for centuries afterward. In fact, the reason we know so much about Crusader atrocities from this period is because they were written down by other Christians. Let's leave our political and religious biases out of movies reviews, shall we?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kingdom of Blu-Ray

    Up-conversion of standard DVDs looks pretty good, so if you're like me, it's not worth $30 a pop (on average) to replace my collection with Blu-Ray discs. Kingdom of Heaven is one of those films that is well worth the extra pixels. On it's own, as a movie, Kingdom of Heaven is a very good film. I'm not all that fond of Orlando Bloom as an actor (he's following in Keanu Reeves's footsteps on his way to becoming the most well-known piece of wood in the industry). But strong performances from a stellar supporting cast, an interesting script, and stunningly good visuals elevate the level of this film to the pantheon of "those I will watch multiple times".

    As for the Blu-Ray version, I can only say - beautiful. The investment in a big HD screen and Blu-Ray player and entertainment system seem well worthwhile. I now get a movie-watching experience that bests most movie theaters, and Kingdom of Heaven is a joy to watch. I highly recommend this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kick ass movie

    Sir Ridley Scott is amazing probably making his third best film, Gladiator as #1 and Black Hawk Down as #2, in this amazing epic there is a great storyline and intense battle scenes, SIR RIDLEY SCOTT is my hero!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR AGAIN?

    I found myself asking this question throughout the entire movie. Sure the battle scenes were excellent (sometimes over the top) and the acting was great, but I thought something was missing. I finally realized that they never did state a concrete fact on why this war was going on. They made Jerusalem look like a stronghold for these peasants who lived there and the Muslims were after the peasants, not the city itself. While they did make references to the Church, they made this one bishop look like a cowardly oaf (like they always do) and Thewlis was a priest/soldier? I thought that priest took a vow to never kill. The only way this movie pulled through was because they had the "good-looking" Orlando Bloom on there, for the girls anyway. At the final confrontation in Jerusalem, Bloom encourages the crowd "Let them come, we have to defend this city." He never gives the real reason why the city is so important, it just is for some reason. In a nutshell, as the movie went on, I thought they started to lose sight of why the Crusades were being fought. Great action movie. Poorly based on historical fact.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    I give it a five star rating every time I see it, the music is s

    I give it a five star rating every time I see it, the music is spectacular, the shortened version leaves out all the best parts that also give it understanding and poignancy, anyone who has lived or visited the desert will truly feel the wonder as Balian looks over his land from the balcony, the brief love scene with arab music behind it is torrid and memorable, even with the historical distortion, all the characters are alive, good and evil and some even mystical. I saw the first version, bought the shortened one whicfh was worthless and now am buyingthe directors cut to appreciate all that the shorftened version was missing. A great film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Crusades in a (mostly) Balanced Light

    This film did not find its audience at the box office, but is a grand historical epic in the tradition of Ben-Hur and Braveheart. The director went to great lengths to present an exciting and intellectually stimulating film, and I think he pulls it off well. I have always been fascinated by this time period, and this is the best film treatment of the Crusades I have ever seen. Plenty of drama, lots of realistically flawed characters, great action, and moral questioning await you here. Buy this film!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Let's Address Some Issues Here:

    Ok, after reading over the rest of the reviews I'm slightly concerned; so let's clear up some falacies before moving on the the film. 1. "Who is the knight/priest?". This character is a Knight's Hospitaler, evidenced by his black and white heraldry. All orders of knights that were formed as part of the crusades were considered to be holy men and, by extension, a part of the Church in general; this also includes the Knight's Templar. While this is a simplification of how the heiarchy worked, it is necessary to explain how this film dramatically over-simplified knightly orders. Case in point: the Knight's Templar are blood-thirsty fanatics and the Knight's Hospitaler were holy, devout knights. Neither is correct with the truth lying somewhere in the middle. Also, some people seem to have a problem with the Muslims being portrayed as "too honorable". Well, in fact the Muslims were instructed on European chivalry and were told to follow these edicts; it was only after the Crusaders demonstrated that the codes of Chivalry only applied to *other Christians* did they throw the "rule book" out the window. <BR/><BR/>Now as far as the film goes (b/c, let's face it, if it's made well enough who cares about historical accuracy? ie. Braveheart): This movie had potential. I think the sets and costumes are really something worth seeing, provided you're a big history fan. However, I had some major gripes with this movie. Liam Neeson plays a great character and I think that the interplay between him and Bloom really could have gone somewhere IF he were not killed right at the beginning of the film. In addition to Neeson, the two most interesting members of his retinue are also killed (Big german guy and Moorish buddy). There are also a lot of "what the?!" moments, like when Bloom awakens from a shipwreck to find a living and healthy steed waiting on the beach for him. Ultimately this movie is made up of a hodge-podge of great sets, nice costumes, and a couple of half-way worthwhile actions sequences. Good for watching with friends so you can talk over the scenes where the so-called character development is happening.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's Called a Movie

    One must remember that you are watching here is a fictional depiction of historical events. It's an action movie whose primary motive is to entertain. Though there are historical figures and events, it is meant to be an action movie and not a documentary. There is no comedy and very little romance.<BR/><BR/>The effects are well-done, performances solid, and plot/script tight. There is much inspiration to take from the main character who comes "full circle," whose motives and decisions are not always well-considered, but whose courage is unflappable and heart/conscience untainted. <BR/><BR/>To those offended by the depiction of Christians/Catholics, I share your discomfort. But any indignation should be appeased with this. First, it's a fictional depiction of historical events, it does not claim to be a documentary full of facts. Second, if you read books about the Crusades, you will see human motives were very much a part of why these wars were fought. Some seek adventure, escape, and riches. Others just like power and killing. The focus of the movie was greatest on the Christian characters, so we did not get to see much of the Muslims. But recall at least one who wanted nothing more to take the city at any cost. <BR/><BR/>In our (Western) history, the Crusades have traditionally been described as a divinely inspired failed military adventure. Seldom detailed are the wholesale slaughter, i.e. when the crusaders captured Jerusalem or sacked Constantinople, both deeply religious and cosmopolitan cities. I have read many books on the Crusades (I'm recommending one of the most recently published) and I found the movie's depiction fairly accurate. <BR/><BR/>The plot/script is not a blame-game, or Hollywood's attempt to vilify Christians/Catholics. Rather it tries to show the crusades as a harsh reality of base human motives, even in the Kingdom of Heaven, and one character's quest to rise above and beyond it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT FILM

    This movie is one of the best I have seen because it has a great storyline and a lot of action. To set the record straight for those who criticise its view point, this movie is not about christians or muslims being evil but about our intolerance and our blinding loyalty to religion which is evident even in modern times. Also, Balian protects the people not the city of Jerusalem, because it is his duty as a knight. As the Hospitaller states, "Holiness is in right action.."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How can you not love Orlando!

    Orlando Bloom is excellent in every role he plays and he is no disappointment here. Bloom not his usual clean cut look, goes for a rough look here portraying a young man who has to find his place as he battles for his survival. I thought this was an excellent movie about war, courage, sacrifice and hope. I would recommend it to all those who love movies of war and those who love Orlando bloom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yawn

    thats all i can say is yAWN....there is no conncetion to the characters in this movie so you do not get drawn in to the plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For those who say it shows Saladin better than he was.

    This is a great movie, and you should definitely watch the extended version. For those who say that it shows Muslims in a better light than they were, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia. "espite his fierce opposition to the Christian powers, Saladin achieved a great reputation in Europe as a chivalrous knight, so much so that there existed by the 14th century an epic poem about his exploits, and Dante included him among the virtuous pagan souls in Limbo. The noble Saladin appears in a sympathetic light in Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman (1825). Despite the Crusaders' slaughter of Muslim men, women, and children when they originally conquered Jerusalem in 1099, Saladin granted amnesty and free passage to all common Catholics and even to the defeated Christian army (the Greek Orthodox Christians were treated better, because they opposed the crusades). An interesting view of Salah al-Din and the world in which he lived is provided by Tariq Ali's novel The Book of Saladin (London: Verso, 1998). Despite the differences in beliefs, Saladin was respected by Christian lords, Richard especially. Richard once praised Saladin as a great prince, saying that he was without doubt the greatest and most powerful leader in the Islamic world. Saladin in his turn stated that he would rather lose Jerusalem to Richard than to anyone else. After the treaty, Saladin and Richard sent each other many gifts as tokens of respect. However, these two military leaders never met face to face."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hollywood Fodder

    The movie tires to be epic with giant battles, "epic" acting, a score with big orchestral drums, cruel villains, and righteous heroes. All the Villains sneer, speak with gruff "arr matie" pirate voices, and spew scorn. The story is rushed with hardly enough development to make the motivations realistic. Bloom's motivation for the quest is paper thin and he arrives at Jerusalem in a high stature that he never earns. Supposedly we've seen him blossom from a smithy in his home town to a knight in high regard, but I must have blinked during those scenes. Eva Green's character exists only to provide the movie with a female character. She serves no purpose and mostly we see her peering off forlornly through eye shadow onto the various battlefields conveniently outside her bedroom window. Big "epic" battles take place without any real explanation. Some scenes are idiotic. A commander marches his army without water into the desert to fight an entrenched enemy. Bloom gains the tactical upper hand using implausible tactical methods. Men feigning fealty are allowed near enemy rulers close enough with blades long enough to reach their necks. This movie was contrived, poorly written, over acted, rushed, and pointless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Greatest Epics Ever! 4 & a Half Stars.

    Both Ridley & Orlando struck gold yet again with KOH, the 1st film based truly on the Crusades (All those others were Robin Hood/Ivanhoe films). Bloom continues to prove he's our generation's Errol Flynn with another mesmerizing swahbuckling role, this time as a haunted but heroic knight alongside a brilliant cast of legends ( Neeson & Irons) and newcomers ( Green & Csokas ). Maybe the best performance was Ed Norton uncredited as the dying but noble King Baldwin. The film's non-racial portrayal of Muslims was a real breath of fresh air, considering that in the past Arabs have always been seen as terrorist-types in film. This one displayed both Christians & Muslims as noble cultures held together by compassionate leaders but forced into conflict by ruthless scheamers. There were no heroes in that war, just tragic victims in both camps. Everything in KOH is near-perfect minus some tiny plot holes. This ranks with Gladiator, Braveheart & even fictional masterpiece: LOTR. A must own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good movie

    This movie isn't the best movie out there starring Orlando, but it is a good way to pass an evening. The siege on Jerusalem in the end was the best part.

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