A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer's murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
Max von Sydow,
It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.Written by
Richard Attenborough, originally cast as Archbishop Langton, convinced the film's creative team to utilize Wales' Dragon Studios as the primary shooting location. However, he was forced to cancel his involvement with production after suffering a debilitating fall down the stairs of his home, complications of which led to his death. See more »
During the historic 1215 siege of Rochester Castle, the Kings forces initially gained access by mining the south east tower in the curtain wall. This method was then repeated on the south east tower of the keep. The film fails to show the Keep is completely surrounded by the curtain wall as well as the first tower's collapse. The castle today still shows evidence of the two collapsed towers, as they were later rebuilt as semi-circular, compared with the original square towers. See more »
You were in the Holy Lands?
Some men have returned from defending our faith only to find themselves questioning it. Now, you must ask yourself, Thomas, what is in your heart... rebellion or revenge?
I suppose it makes no difference as the Kng has the devil in his.
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As the last end credits roll, there is the following language: No animals were harmed in the filming of this picture. "Especially Newts. " See more »
This hack and slash classy English historical movie set in the year 1215, tells the mostly true story of the vile King John,played with wonderful abandon by the great actor Paul Giamatti with a perfect English accent,who for reasons to many for this review lays siege to Rochester Castle in Kent.The castle looks the real deal, but it was built for the film in the beautiful countryside of Wales.The budget was small in USA terms,£20 million, but the film looks fantastic and belies it's low budget.The main theme music by Paul Brady is beautiful.The cast is the cream of British actors, the likes of James Purefoy,Brian Cox,Derek Jacobi,Charles Dance and Jason Fleming.Mackenzie Crook and new young actor Aneurin Barnard shine in supporting roles along with female lead Kate Mara.It is a very gory movie with proper stunt work rather than reliance on CGI.Here in UK it got a 15 cert.If you like this sort of film, think a smaller version of El Cid, then your in for a treat.For reasons i don't understand this cracking good film sat on a shelf for over a year to get a release.In my view, a must see.
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