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Release Date:
6 November 2005 (USA) See more »
It started with a belief. No one could know where it would end.
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High marks for history and visuals See more (4 total) »



Keith David ... Narrator

Nayef Rashed ... Ibn Al Athir

Directed by
Stuart Elliott 
Mark Lewis 
Produced by
Steffan Boje .... producer
Richard Bradley .... executive producer
Orwa Nyrabia .... line producer: Syria (uncredited)
Original Music by
Avshalom Caspi 
Cinematography by
Jeff Baynes (director of photography)
Chris Vile (co-cinematographer)
Film Editing by
Simon Greenwood 
Makeup Department
Mariam Lee Abounouom .... key makeup artist (2005)
Production Management
Ahmed Abounouom .... production manager
Art Department
Aziz Rafiq .... props
Sound Department
Robert Brazier .... supervising sound editor
Lisa-Marie McStay .... sound editor (as Lisa McMahon)
Gérard Lesage .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Theo Davies .... second assistant camera
Andrew Fleming .... focus puller
Driss Marzak .... gaffer
Casting Department
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... casting producer
Editorial Department
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Other crew
Brian Bero .... armorer

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Additional Details

USA:240 min (2 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (hi-fi)
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
High marks for history and visuals, 20 February 2007
Author: LCShackley from United States

This is an excellent introduction to the Crusades presented clearly and creatively. Many original period documents are used as the basis of the narrative, and the visuals in many cases are stunning. The filmmakers hit the high points of the 200-year struggle, re-enacting many of the main battles (some shot in Morocco rather than at the original sites). Not as whimsical as the Terry Jones series of the previous decade, but probably easier to follow and great to watch. The companion DVD in the History Channel set is a mixed bag. There's an hour-long program about the Templars which relies too much on speculation and tabloid-style rumors (including many presented by the author of the justly-maligned book which was the basis of the DA VINCI CODE). It was obviously filmed on a shoestring compared to the main feature. There's also an interesting behind-the-scenes intro to the series, interviewing several of the producers and actors...but strangely padded by interviews with contemporary men and women who are involved in various charitable ventures. The insights into how they used CGI for the crowd scenes are worth watching.

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