May 06, 2005 · Directed by Ridley Scott. With Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock. Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
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Many of the characters in the movie are fictionalized versions of historical figures: 1. Orlando Bloom as Balian of Ibelin 2. Eva Green as Sibylla 3. Liam Neeson as Godfrey of Ibelin, Balian's father (the actual historical father of Balian of Ibelin was not named Godfrey but Barisan) 4. Jeremy Irons as Tiberias (the movie's name for the historical Raymond III of Tripoli, Lord of Tiberias) 5. David Thewlis as Hospitaller 6. Brendan Gleeson as Raynald of Chatillon 7. Marton Csokas as Guy of Lusignan 8. Ghassan Massoud as Saladin 9. Edward Norton as King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem 10. Alexander Siddigas Nasir (on screen)/Imad (script) 11. Jon Finch as Patriarch of Jerusalem 12. Michael Sheenas Priest 13. Iain Glen as Richard I of England 14. Velibor Topićas Almaric 15. Jouko Aholaas Odo (German knight)
As they leave the village, the local ruler's men confront the Crusaders under the premise of arresting Balian. The Crusaders refuse to surrender him and a brief but bloody skirmish erupts in which Godfrey's knights are victorious, but several of them are killed and Godfrey is gravely wounded by an arrow. In Messina, Godfrey, on the brink of death, knights Balian, orders him to serve the King of Jerusalem and protect the helpless, and ultimately shares with him his vision of a 'kingdom of conscience', morality, and righteousness in the Holy Land. On the journey to Jerusalem, the convoy is hit by a storm, and Balian is the sole survivor of the shipwreck. Balian soon finds himself confronting a Muslim cavalier and his servant over possession of a horse. Balian slays the horseman in single combat, but spares the servant, asking him to take him to Jerusalem. Upon their arrival in Jerusalem, Balian releases his prisoner, and asks him for the name of his master whom he has slain, so that h...
Cinematographer John Mathieson created many large, sweeping landscapes,where the cinematography, supporting performances, and battle sequences are meticulously mounted.The cinematography and scenes of set-pieces have been described as "ballets of light and colour" (as in films by Akira Kurosawa).Director Ridley Scott's visual acumen was described as the main draw of Kingdom of Heavenwith the stellar, stunning cinematography and "jaw-dropping combat sequences" based on the production design of Arthur Max.
King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, who reigned from 1174 to 1185, was a leper, and his sister Sibylla did marry Guy of Lusignan. Also, Baldwin IV had a falling out with Guy before his death, and so Guy did not succeed Baldwin IV immediately. Baldwin crowned Sibylla's son from her previous marriage to William of Montferrat, five-year-old Baldwin V co-king in his own lifetime, in 1183. The little boy reigned as sole king for one year, dying in 1186 at nine years of age. After her son's death, Sibylla and Guy (to whom she was devoted) garrisoned the city, and she claimed the throne. The coronation scene in the movie was, in real life, more of a shock: Sibylla had been forced to promise to divorce Guy before becoming queen, with the assurance that she would be permitted to pick her own consort. After being crowned by Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem (who is unnamed in the movie), she chose to crown Guy as her consort. Raymond III of Tripoli, the film's Tiberias, was not present, but was in N...
Upon its release, the general criticism was primarily negative. Critics such as Roger Ebert, however, found the film's message to be deeper than Scott's previous Gladiator. Several actors/actresses were praised for their performances. The unanimously praised performance was that of actor Edward Norton, who played the leper king of Jerusalem, Baldwin IV. Critics have described his acting as near "phenomenal", "eerie", and "so far removed from anything that he has ever done that we see the true complexities of his talent". The Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud was also praised for his portrayal of Saladin, described by The New York Times as "cool as a tall glass of water". Also commended were Eva Green, who plays Princess Sibylla, "with a measure of cool that defies her surroundings", and Jeremy Irons. However, lead actor Orlando Bloom's performance generally elicited a lukewarm reception in United States, with one film critic from the Boston Globe stating Bloom was "not actively bad as Ba...
An extended director's cut of the movie was released on December 23, 2005, at the Laemmle Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles, unsupported by advertising from 20th Century Fox. This cut is approximately 45 minutes longer than the original theatrical cut. The DVD of the extended Director's Cut was released on May 23, 2006. It is a four-disc box set with a runtime of 194 minutes, adding 49 minutes back into the film, and is shown as a roadshow presentation with an overture, intermission and entr'acte. Ridley Scott gave an insightful interview to STVon the occasion of the Director's Cut's UK release, when he discussed the motives and thinking behind the new version. According to Ridley Scott, the studio perceived Kingdom of Heavenas an action-adventure film when it really went much deeper than that. The film was marketed as such, resulting in negative reviews and poor box-office performance. After presenting the film to 20th Century Fox Scott was essentially forced by the studio to cut the...
European Film Awards: 1. Audience Award - Best Actor (Orlando Bloom) Satellite Awards: 1. Outstanding Original Score (Harry Gregson-Williams) VES awards: 1. Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture (Wes Sewell, Victoria Alonso, Tom Wood, Gary Brozenich)
Satellite Awards: 1. Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama (Edward Norton) 2. Outstanding Art Direction & Production Design (Arthur Max) 3. Outstanding Costume Design (Janty Yates) 4. Outstanding Visual Effects (Tom Wood) Teen Choice Awards: 1. Choice Movie: Action/Adventure 2. Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller (Orlando Bloom) 3. Choice Movie Liplock (Eva Green and Orlando Bloom) 4. Choice Movie Love Scene (Eva Green and Orlando Bloom - Balian and Sibylla kiss)
Feb 20, 2019 · This is a movie that tries to declare a pox on both their houses, while paradoxically holding up as its hero a scrawny Orlando Bloom who kills an enormous number of Christians and Muslims alike ...
May 10, 2005 · Orlando Bloom plays Balian, a blacksmith turned crusader Sir Ridley Scott's epic about the Crusades has been welcomed in some quarters of the Arab world for doing away with Muslim stereotypes. Kingdom of Heaven depicts the battle between Christians and Muslims in the 12th Century.
May 06, 2005 · Synopsis. Still in grief over his wife's sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem.
The movie opens in France where group of crusaders pass a burial at a village crossroads. Balian (Orlando Bloom) has lost everything. The burial was his young wife, who committed suicide after the ...
It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Marton Csokas, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Alexander Siddig, David Thewlis, Ghassan Massoud and Edward Norton. Cinematography is by John Mathieson and music scored by Harry Gregson-Williams. Director's Cut, two words that has these days come to mean a marketing ploy to get the home movie fan to part with more cash.
Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan.It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Ghassan Massoud, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Iain Glen, Marton Csokas, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Michael Sheen, Velibor Topić and Alexander Siddig.
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Bloom reprised his role in the other two films of the trilogy, and all the three movies were amongst his top grossing films. Orlando also achieved widespread fame and recognition for his striking depiction of the perceptive Will Turner in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies, definitely one of his best roles.