Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Edward Norton: King Baldwin
King Baldwin IV : Come forward. I am glad to meet Godfrey's son. He was one of my greatest teachers. He was there when, playing with the other boys, my arm was cut. It was he, not my father's physicians, who noticed that I felt no pain. He wept when he gave my father the news... that I am a leper. The Saracens say that this disease is God's vengence against the vanity of our kingdom. As wretched as I am, these Arabs believe that the chastisement that awaits me in hell is far more severe and lasting. If that's true, I call it unfair. Come. Sit.
[they sit down on opposite sides of a chessboard]
King Baldwin IV : Do you play?
Balian of Ibelin : No.
King Baldwin IV : The whole world is in chess. Any move can be the death of you. Do anything except remain where you started, and you can't be sure of your end. Were you sure of your end once?
Balian of Ibelin : I was.
King Baldwin IV : What was it?
Balian of Ibelin : To be buried a hundred yards from where I was born.
King Baldwin IV : And now?
Balian of Ibelin : Now I sit in Jerusalem, and look upon a king.
King Baldwin IV : [Baldwin chuckles] When I was sixteen, I won a great victory. I felt in that moment I would live to be a hundred. Now I know I shall not see thirty. None of us know our end, really, or what hand will guide us there. A king may move a man, a father may claim a son, but that man can also move himself, and only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone, even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say, "But I was told by others to do thus," or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice. Remember that.
Balian of Ibelin : I will.
King Baldwin IV : A King may move a man, a father may claim a son, but remember that even when those who move you be Kings, or men of power, your soul is in your keeping alone. When you stand before God, you cannot say, "But I was told by others to do thus." Or that, "Virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice. Remember that.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem : The things that we have left undone plague us as death comes. That is why to the dying there is no comfort but the Lord.
King Baldwin IV : Spare me your sermon. Go and prepare your people for the coronation of my nephew.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem : Your confession, my lord.
King Baldwin IV : I shall confess to God when I see him... not to you. Now, leave me.
King Baldwin IV : Saladin has crossed the Jordan with 200,000 men.
Tiberias : He will make first for Kerak and Reynald de Chatillon.
Tiberias : [tries to help the King stand up] My lord.
King Baldwin IV : [rejects the help and stands up by himself] We must meet him before he reaches Kerak. I will lead the army.
Tiberias : My lord, if you travel, you'll die.
King Baldwin IV : Send word to Balian to protect the villagers.
King Baldwin IV : Assemble the army.
[the Templars cheer]
King Baldwin IV : On your knees... lower. I am... Jerusalem. And you, Reynald, will give me the kiss of peace.
[takes off glove]
King Baldwin IV : [to Sibylla] My beautiful sister. So beautiful. I'm sorry if I've caused you any pain. Remember me as I was.
King Baldwin IV : I felt in that moment that I would live to be a hundred. Now I know I shall not see thirty.