It is the time of the Crusades during the Middle Ages -- the world-shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East. A blacksmith named Balian has lost his family and nearly his faith. The religious wars raging in the far-off Holy Land seem remote to him, yet he is pulled into that immense drama. Amid the pageantry and intrigues of medieval Jerusalem, he falls in love, grows into a leader, and ultimately uses all his courage and skill to defend the city against staggering odds. Destiny comes seeking Balian in the form of a great knight, Godfrey of Ibelin, a Crusader briefly home to France from fighting in the East. Revealing himself as Balian's father, Godfrey shows him the true meaning of knighthood and takes him on a journey across continents to the fabled Holy City. In Jerusalem at that moment--between the Second and Third Crusades--a fragile peace prevails, through the efforts of its enlightened Christian king, Baldwin IV, aided by his advisor Tiberias, and the military ...Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The shipwreck sequence was the last scene to be added before the film's release. Since it is too expensive to build one ship from scratch, only to destroy it, Ridley Scott opted to use a combination of outtakes of the siege of Jerusalem, shots of Balian with his attire digitally altered, a CGI model of a ship, archive footage of a heavy sea storm, and outtakes from his own earlier film White Squall (1996). The creation of this "non-existent scene" is explained in detail on the four-disc Director's Cut DVD. See more »
(at around 2h 5 Mins) When Balian speaks to the people of Jerusalem after surrendering the city, a lock of hair blown across his face vanishes mid-frame. See more »
The opening 20th Century Fox logo has a ocher-yellow tint added to it. See more »
The Director's Cut on Blu-ray Disc (released November 14, 2006) runs 190 minutes as the overture and intermission have been excluded. The Ultimate Edition Blu-ray released in 2014 includes both the 190-minute and 194-minute versions, the latter as the "Director's Cut Roadshow Version". See more »
A exceedingly good film, it was true, dramatic, and amazing. the cast was perfect in their roles, espically Edward Norton. This movie had an amazing plot, characters, and historical accuracy. On the bonus the action was awesome too, Kingdom of Heaven is a must see.
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