Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

DVD - 2005
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Orlando Bloom stars as Balian, a young Frenchman in Medieval Jerusalem during the Crusades, who, having lost everything, finds redemption in a heroic fight against overwhelming forces to save his people and fulfill his destiny as a knight
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
Branch Call Number: DVD Kingdom 2005
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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poolman
Apr 24, 2017

A total pile of crap. Formulaic, disjointed, historically false (eg weaponry)...where to begin? The dialogue is nonsensical with the baron telling his son to be "bring peace to mankind" after a small battle scene with blood spurting everywhere, axes splitting heads open, arrows through the neck. The CGI is poor (I've never seen waves move on shore as quickly as that - they're on steroids) but it just points to the slapdash way this was made. Of course everybody is physically clean - shipwrecked? - looks like he just came out of a shower, no sodden, torn clothes and of course his heavy sword survived with him even being unsheathed. Bodies scattered everywhere almost in proper rows and one horse survived which of course meets up with our hero at the one oasis which he finds in a sea of sand. I could go on and on. When I think of the wonderful work Ridley Scott did with "Alien", I'm amazed that he lent his name to this waste of time.

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patch666
Feb 07, 2017

Ridley Scott is always amzing director excellent movie watch the long extended version ~420

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akirakato
Aug 03, 2016

This is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott.
During the Crusades of the 12th century, a French village blacksmith goes to aid the Kingdom of Jerusalem in its defence against the Ayyubid Muslim sultan Saladin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the Christians leading to the Battle of Hattin.
This blacksmith is a protagonist named Balian of Ibelin.
Heavily fictionalised, Balian defends the holy city to save its people.
Although it contains some historical inaccuracies, this movie appears excellent as an entertaining piece with superb visual effects and mind-boggling battle scenes.
An episode of The History Channel's series "History vs. Hollywood" analyses the historical accuracy of the film.
This program and a Movie Real (a series by A&E Network) episode about Kingdom of Heaven are both included on this DVD.

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nparrish
Sep 26, 2014

Same old trash....Zzzzzzz.

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Monolith
Jul 24, 2013

Meh... I was mostly bored. Liam Neeson's role was too short. I found the transformation of a simple village blacksmith into some kind of omniscient omnipotent super-crusader, suddenly looked to by thousands as their leader, to be a load of hooey. And also, brooding pretty boy Orlando Bloom NATURALLY wins the affections of the *one and only* attractive female (in distress, boo-hoo) in this godforsaken barren wasteland. Bah. What crap. Not Ridley Scott's best work (or writer William Monahan's, another otherwise talented individual).

slawomir_adams May 07, 2013

Great video. Saw it in school

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NobleSix
Dec 21, 2012

This movie isn't an accurate portrayal of the crusades at all!

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monkeymind
Jan 20, 2012

Underated, I consider it better than top grossing Gladiator. Another movie to check out in this genre is ARN a euporian production byt vey well done.

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reviewer
Nov 20, 2007

Interesting dramatization of a fascinating period of European and Middle-Eastern history. The battle scenes, sets, costumes, and most of the characters are credible, if not historically accurate.

MariePat Nov 19, 2007

I love this movie! Very accurate portrayal cf the crusades.

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Monolith
Jul 24, 2013

Godfrey of Ibelin: "...Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath." (Backhands a shocked Balian in the face) "And that's so you remember it." Hospitaller: "Arise a knight and Baron of Ibelin."

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