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The King Maker (2005)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Lek Kitaparaporn

Writer:

Sean Casey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Stretch ... Fernando De Gamma
John Rhys-Davies ... Phillippe De Torres
Sirinya Bishop 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
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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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king | queen | soldier | siam | arab | See All (80) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

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 »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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terrible
23 April 2007 | by dmuelSee all my reviews

This is a movie which attempts a retelling of Thai history, set in the ancient city of Ayutthaya. I decided to watch this film because I thought it was along the lines of many Thai films I've watched and enjoyed, one that has Thai actors speaking Thai and martial arts craziness. Well, it's none of that. This film is shot entirely in English, is chock full of Anglo actors, and has production values so terrible it is laughably bad....but not funny! Who can we blame for this rubbish? The acting, dialog, and most of the sets were quite bad. Some of the fight scenes looked like they were choreographed by the local high school drama club. The special effects were also mostly bad, but a few were just cheap animation patched onto the screen that provided an especially cheesy effect. It has one large, epic-style outdoor battle scene, where a few thousand extras get to run across a field in costume, but when we see the two armies collide in combat--HA! What a joke! The film does feature a couple of beauties. What a pity they didn't show a little more skin. At least that would have been something for the guys to appreciate. Don't bother.


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