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In 13th-century England, a Knights Templar and few of the Barons men, fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.

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Jonathan English

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Jonathan English (story & screenplay), Stephen McDool (first screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Purefoy ... Thomas Marshal
Brian Cox ... Baron William d'Aubigny
Kate Mara ... Lady Isabel
Derek Jacobi ... Baron Reginald de Cornhill
Paul Giamatti ... King John
Charles Dance ... Archbishop Langton
Jason Flemyng ... Gil Becket
Jamie Foreman ... Jedediah Coteral
Mackenzie Crook ... Daniel Marks
Rhys Parry Jones ... Joseph Wulfstan
Aneurin Barnard ... Guy the Squire
Vladimir Kulich ... Captain Tiberius
David Melville ... Baron Darnay
Annabelle Apsion ... Maddy
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Cooper
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Heavy metal goes medieval


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Rated R for strong graphic brutal battle sequences, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | Switzerland | USA | Germany

Language:

English | Hungarian | Latin | Danish

Release Date:

26 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Templar See more »

Filming Locations:

Tree Tower Manor, Wales, UK See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the life of William d'Aubigny, who commanded the Rochester garrison. Historians do not agree on the exact number of forces defending the Rochester Castle, with estimates ranging between 95-140 knights supported by crossbowmen, sergeants and auxiliaries. When King John took the castle, most nobles were imprisoned or banished. The French forces did not arrive in England until six months after the end of the siege. See more »

Goofs

When Isabel is tending Marshall's neck after the first fight, she says, "There it is," but her lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

Archbishop Langton: You were in the Holy Lands?
Marshall: [Affirmitively] Mmmm.
Archbishop Langton: 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?
Marshall: I suppose it makes no difference as the Kng has the devil in his.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Followed by Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014) See more »

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A bloody siege.
27 September 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

Ironclad is a fictionalized medieval war movie set in Britain during the second rebellion against King John, brought about by his dismissal of the Magna Carta he was forced to sign in the first rebellion against him and his attempts to punish those who forced him to sign it. 

The movie is basically about a Templar and a small group of soldiers who are attempting to hold Rochester Castle, the key to southern England, against the siege of John's superior army and Danish mercenaries. Ironclad is nothing special, but it's entertaining enough. There are a few faces you'll probably recognize among the cast, like Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti, and Kate Mara. I doubt any of the actors or actresses will be up for many awards (though Giamatti, as King John, does get a memorable scene or three), but they do good enough jobs that I had no complaints. 

The look of the film is reminiscent of other recent similarly set action movies, like Black Death and Centurion. Very bleak, grey, and violent. Blood splashes all over the place during the frequent battle scenes, limbs are hacked off, and gaping wounds abound. This isn't a movie for the squeamish.

As I mentioned before, Ironclad isn't a huge step forward for this kind of film, but it succeeds well enough at what it attempts to do for me to give it a positive review. See it, if you're interested. 


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