Kingdom Of Heaven

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20th Century Fox Released 2005

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Director:
Ridley Scott
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Kingdom of Heaven is the 2005 historical epic from master filmmaker Ridley Scott. Set in 1184 during the time of the Crusades for the city of Jerusalem Balian, (Orlando Bloom), a poor blacksmith in France, receives a visit from Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson) who reveals himself as his father, and he asks him to come and fight in the Crusades. Balian tells his father that he is mourning his wife, who has just committed suicide after the death of their baby just after birth. Balian ignores Godfrey's invitation to fight in the Crusades. The village priest now tells Balian that his wife's soul is in hell because of her action, and that she is in hell without a head because he cut it off. Balian kills the priest, and then rides out of town towards his father's knights. Several of Godfrey's knights are killed, and Godfrey is gravely wounded while saving Balian from French authorities who were trying to arrest him. Balian chooses now to go on the Crusades with his father.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Scott and company have gotten so accomplished at re-creating history that the results have a welcome offhanded quality, making them spectacular without seeming to be showing off.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Genuinely spectacular and historically quite respectable, Ridley Scott's latest epic is at its strongest in conveying the savagery spawned by fanaticism.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Scott's ravishing visual style, characterized by a fetishistic attention to surface detail and unrelenting beauty, can work wonders with big subjects, but this is also a director w...

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    historical people as characters, town under attack, on a mission from god, war hero, exploring history