Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

Ridley Scott (2005)

138min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Gladiator director Ridley Scott once again finds inspiration in the past with this exciting mix of action, adventure and history lesson. Orlando Bloom stars as 12th-century French blacksmith Balian, who loses his family and is invited to the Holy Land by the Crusader father (Liam Neeson) previously unknown to him. The uneasy peace in Jerusalem between the Christians, under King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), and the neighbouring Muslim forces of Saladin (a wonderful Ghassan Massoud) is threatened by fanatics, prompting Balian to defend the city against overwhelming odds. A story about western forces in the Middle East has obvious contemporary resonance, but Scott steps skilfully through the minefield, stressing the desirability of co-existence and tolerance and the dangers of fundamentalism. Bloom is rather unconvincing as a leader of men, but the siege is breathtaking, the characters colourful, and there's even some intelligent dialogue.

Summary

A French blacksmith joins a crusade to Jerusalem, where he becomes a knight and pledges to defend the city and its people. However, the ailing king has little time to live, while his hold on the fragile peace between Christians and Muslims looks set to slip as factions on both sides plan to seize power. Ridley Scott's historical epic, starring Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson and Edward Norton.

Cast & Crew

Balian Orlando Bloom
Princess Sibylla Eva Green
Tiberias Jeremy Irons
Hospitaler David Thewlis
Reynald of Chatillon Brendan Gleeson
Guy de Lusignan Marton Csokas
Godfrey of Ibelin Liam Neeson
Saladin Ghassan Massoud
King Baldwin Edward Norton
Nasir Alexander Siddig
Priest Michael Sheen
English Sergeant Kevin McKidd
Patriarch of Jerusalem Jon Finch
Richard Coeur de Lion Iain Glen
Gravedigger Martin Hancock
Squire Philip Glenister
Templar Master Ulrich Thomsen
Director Ridley Scott
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Other Information

Language: English, Arabic +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 May 2005
Drama