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The King Maker (2005)

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Fernando De Gama, a Portuguese mercenary, sets sail for the Orient, where he reaches the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya, in a bid to find the man that murdered his father.


Lek Kitaparaporn


Sean Casey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Stretch ... Fernando De Gamma
John Rhys-Davies ... Phillippe De Torres
Cindy Sirinya Bishop Cindy Sirinya Bishop ... Maria De Torres (as Cindy Burbridge)
Yoe Hassadeevichit Yoe Hassadeevichit ... Queen Sudachan
Dom Hetrakul Dom Hetrakul ... Tong
Nirut Sirichanya ... King Chairacha
Akara Amarttayakul ... Phan
Mark Sobels Mark Sobels ... Father Pedro
Oliver Pupart Oliver Pupart ... Lord Chakkraphat
Ammara Assawanon Ammara Assawanon ... Yai Jun - The Witch (as Amora Purananda)
Charlie Trairat Charlie Trairat ... Prince Yodfa (as Charlee Trairat)
Michael Hardie Michael Hardie ... Fernando as a child
Shaun Delaney Shaun Delaney ... Fernando's Father
Emma Emma ... Fernando's Mother
Rattanaporn Klongkan Rattanaporn Klongkan ... Maria's Maid


In 1547 Fernando De Gama, a young "Soldier of Fortune" from Portugal, set sail for the Orient in a bid to find the man that murdered his father and, with luck, like many of his fellow countrymen,to make his fortune. A vicious storm in the Indian ocean almost ended his plans when the ship he was on sank. The sole survivor, he was washed up on a tropical beach only to be captured by Arab slavers and taken to Ayutthaya in the kingdom of Siam where he was offered for sale as a slave. He is rescued from slavery when a beautiful young woman Maria, also from Portugal, living in Ayutthaya with her father, buys him from the Arabs and restores his freedom. Not suprisingly he falls for Maria and Maria him, much to the chagrin of Maria's Father. As an experienced soldier his services are soon in demand when the King of Siam declares war on a Northern renegade pretender and all of the Portuguese colony are press-ganged into the service of the King. Predictably, Fernando's experience and gallantry ... Written by Sean Casey

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A warrior's path. A king's destiny.


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Film is based on a true story set in 1547 in Siam. The real Queen at the time killed her husband and son to install her lover as the new King. See more »


The witch is killed by the queen's black body guard brandishing a huge sword. There were no black people - slave, body guard or otherwise - at the court of Ayutthaya. See more »


Mandarin #1: There must be something funny about your cock!
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King Of My Heart
(end titles song)
Composed by Brian Clifton
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User Reviews

Definitely a MUST see! Great battle scenes. An Epic. A wonderful love story. Incredible Production value.
7 April 2007 | by natomotaSee all my reviews

A fabulous film. With everything you could want in a film. Huge battle scenes and lots of other action. Suspense, and a romantic love story.

Kind of like an old swashbuckler film. Totally entertaining from start to finish.

The editing was fast and you are never bored for a second. The story is like a classic story of trouble in the Royal Household. The actors are beautiful and the sets magnificent. The costumes are spectacular and the stunt work is imaginative. The special effects are amazing too.

Gary Stretch is really impressive as an actor and gorgeous to look at. He looks like a sure bet for Super Stardom.

John Rhys-Davies is wonderful as he usually is. He is one of the great actors of our time.

And Cindy Burbridge, Ex Miss Thailand is excellent and perfect for the leading lady, even doing an English accent with remarkable success.

I found out that the film has won numerous awards, and i can see why.

All in all this is an amazing Independent film. See it for sure.

I highly recommend it. And give it a TEN +!!!

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Arabic | English | Thai

Release Date:

20 October 2005 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

A Espada do Rei See more »

Filming Locations:

Ayuthaya, Thailand See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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