6.6/10
21,213
65 user 35 critic

Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)

Arn: Tempelriddaren (original title)
Trailer
2:21 | Trailer
Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

Director:

Peter Flinth

Writers:

Jan Guillou (novels), Hans Gunnarsson (screenplay)
Reviews
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joakim Nätterqvist ... Arn Magnusson
Sofia Helin ... Cecilia Algotsdotter
Stellan Skarsgård ... Birger Brosa
Michael Nyqvist ... Magnus Folkesson
Mirja Turestedt Mirja Turestedt ... Fru Sigrid
Morgan Alling ... Eskil Magnusson
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Biskop Bengt (as Sven Bertil Taube)
Bibi Andersson ... Moder Rikissa
Fanny Risberg ... Cecilia Blanka
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Knut
Simon Callow ... Fader Henry
Vincent Perez ... Broder Guilbert
Julia Dufvenius ... Helena
Svante Martin Svante Martin ... Karl Sverkersson
Jørgen Langhelle ... Erik Jedvardsson
Edit

Storyline

Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In a Time of War and Betrayal, a Hero Will Rise See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie/series Arn: The Knight Templar contains several historical errors - for example is an all female choir seen in the first part or ep. 1, whereas a young Arn Magnusson (Joakim Natterqvist) first spots the love of his life Cecilia (Sofia Helin) in a Church choir. The historical problem is that the Roman Catholic Church had no female ensambles until maybe late mideval times in Europe or the Nordic countries. Choirs consisted of men or, in the 12th Century, boys who were able to sing in a higher tone than grown men. See more »

Goofs

Erik Jedvardsson was not killed in Västragötaland by Karl Sverkersson, but killed by a danish prince called Magnus Henriksson in Uppsala. Karl Sverkersson only assumed power after leading a revolt against the universally condemned Magnus Henriksson. Some historians theorize that Karl Sverkersson was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Erik, but this has not been proven. Later medieval sources also claims Magnus Henriksson has assassinated Karl Sverkersson's father. See more »

Quotes

Birger Brosa: A sword slash is not enough to claim the power.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #39.2 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Snö
Performer by Laleh Pourkarim (as Laleh)
Composed, Arranged by Laleh Pourkarim (as Laleh)
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestrated By Tommy Haglund
Mixed By Johannes Berglund
(p) 2007 Warner Music Sweden
See more »

User Reviews

 
Reliable, intriguing medieval tale that unfortunately never peaks
20 December 2007 | by ozjeppeSee all my reviews

Sweden in the 1100s is the backdrop for the troubled love story between nobleman boy-turned monk-turned-knight templar Arn and neighboring girl Cecilia- before he is sent off to Jerusalem in the crusades and she into a convent- plus the rivaling royal clan struggles for power in the nation. I haven't read the bestselling books which this is based on, and knowing this is a part-saga and soon TV-series to be, I can somewhat overlook the gaps in storytelling.

What I do enjoy is a sound, intriguing (especially the scheming between the church and royal clans) and reliable medieval tale - with heavy doses of romance, monastery/convent dramatics and a little touch of "Kingdom of heaven"-battling in the end - that unfortunately never quite peaks. As a cinephile Swede, I know the country's market a bit, and notice that the filmmakers are SO focused on keeping a safe, steady course not to fail with such a big production ship like this, that they end up with no real climactic cinematic highlights to speak of. Rougher camera-work and sets might've heightened things a bit?

For that reason it's very evenly paced, never boring and quite nicely produced. But with a major flaw: Arn remains very stiff and sketchy as an adult character. We never personally get to know him (he has SO few lines!) as to really understand why Cecilia loves him.

All in all, 6 out of 10 from Ozjeppe


101 of 146 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 65 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

Sweden | UK | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Germany | Morocco

Language:

Swedish | English | Arabic | French | Latin

Release Date:

17 December 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Arn: The Knight Templar See more »

Filming Locations:

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,287,566
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed