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Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gravedigger
... Priest
... Balian's Wife
... Firuz
... Odo
... Hospitaler
... Godfrey de Ibelin
... Squire
... Balian de Ibelin
... Apprentice
... English Sergeant
... Village Sheriff
... Angelic Priest
... Guy de Lusignan
... Imad
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Storyline

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

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Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong


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Rated R for strong violence and epic warfare | See all certifications »

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6 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,793,166 (Spain), 6 May 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,635,996, 8 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,398,413

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,652,051
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| (director's cut) | (director's cut roadshow)

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(Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

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Trivia

Godfrey's brother and nephew, played by Robert Pugh and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau respectively, would both go to star in Game of Thrones (2011). Pugh played a prominent wildling north of the Wall, named Craster. Coster-Waldau plays Ser (sir) Jamie Lannister the Kingslayer and is a main character. Iain Glen (King Richard) plays Ser Jorah Mormont in GoT. Alexander Siddig also appeared in "Game of Thrones" as the head of the Martell dynasty. See more »

Goofs

After the siege "all" were not "safely escorted to the sea". Rather, a ransom was paid, which allowed somewhat less than half of the actual refugees to go free. Those too poor to pay a ransom were taken into slavery. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gravedigger: Crusaders.
Squire: Clear the road, if you will.
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Crazy Credits

The opening 20th Century Fox logo has a ocher-yellow tint added to it. See more »

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Featured in Paradise Found: Creating the Director's Cut (2006) See more »

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THE CROW DESCENDS
Written and Performed by Graeme Revell
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music
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I saw a press viewing this morning, this is a good film
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

First of all, what can beat Gladiator, with lines like "father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife", etc. and Russell Crowe chopping off heads. Kingdom of Heaven is a similar heroic fable yet the good and evil polarity is slightly more ambiguous. I would say it was vastly better than Alexander. Ridley Scott's style (cinematography and music) as seen in Black Hawk Down and Gladiator also lend a wonderful historical ambiance. Orlando Bloom does a fine job as the lead, and the French actress is fantastic (and beautiful), but my favorite lead was the Leper King and the wise nobility of his character. The battle scenes are excellent (including one in falling snow in which the snowflakes seem to hang in the air) and the armies look very historically realistic - this is a very good-looking epic. Formulaic perhaps, but well-executed. Kingdom of Heaven made me feel like leaving the "blacksmithy" that is our dull modern urban existence and finding a cause worth fighting for, but Crusades just aren't what they used to be =D


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