Kingdom of Heaven
is a 2005 epic film, directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson, Alexander Siddig, Ghassan Massoud, Edward Norton, Jon Finch, Michael Sheen and Liam Neeson.
The story is set during the Crusades of the 12th century. A French village blacksmith goes to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Muslim leader Saladin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the Christians. The film script is a heavily fictionalized portrayal of Balian of Ibelin.
Hamid Dabashi, a professor who mainly specializes in Iranian studies at Columbia University, was the film's chief academic consultant regarding
Most filming took place in Ouarzazate in Morocco, where Scott had filmed Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. A replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem was constructed in the desert. Filming also took place in Spain, at the Loarre Castle, Segovia, Ávila, Palma del Río and Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla.
In a remote village in France, Balian, a blacksmith, is haunted by his wife's recent suicide, following the stillbirth of their child. A group of Crusaders arrive at the small village and one of them approaches Balian, introducing himself as his out-of-wedlock father, Baron Godfrey
of Ibelin. Godfrey, having learned of Balian's recent losses, attempts to persuade Balian to join him as they travel to Jerusalem, in the hope he will eventually take his place as Godfrey's heir. Balian quickly refuses, and, after resupplying and resting,
the Crusaders ride on. Shortly afterwards, the corrupt town priest (Balian's half-brother) reveals that his wife's body was
beheaded before burial (a customary practice in those times for people who committed suicide, to ensure the soul cannot enter
heaven) and he has taken the crucifix she wore. Enraged at these insults, Balian slays the priest with the sword he is working
on. Balian quickly decides to follow his father after all, in the hope of gaining redemption and forgiveness for both his
wife and himself. Shortly after he catches up to his father, soldiers from the village arrive to arrest Balian. Godfrey refuses
to hand him over and, though they win the ensuing fight, most of Godfrey's band are killed. Godfrey himself is wounded by
an arrow and, though he is not killed outright, it becomes clear as their journey continues that he will soon die.
In Messina, Godfrey, on the brink of death, knights Balian and orders him to serve the King of Jerusalem and protect the helpless. He ultimately shares with him his vision of a 'kingdom of conscience', morality, and righteousness
in the Holy Land, where Muslims and Christians can peacefully coexist, before finally succumbing to his injuries. On Balian's subsequent journey
to Jerusalem, his ship is hit by a storm, leaving Balian as the sole survivor of the wreck, though a horse also survives but
runs away as Balian tries to mount it. Tracking the horse into the desert, Balian soon finds himself confronting a Muslim
cavalier, and his servant, over possession of the horse. Balian slays the horseman in single combat, but spares the servant,
asking him to guide him to Jerusalem. Upon their arrival in Jerusalem, Balian releases his prisoner who then tells him the
name of his slain master, and Balian says that he will pray for his soul. As his prisoner departs, he says that, "Your qualities will be known among your enemies before ever you meet them". After
being accepted as the new Lord of Ibelin, Balian soon becomes acquainted with the main players in Jerusalem's political arena:
King Baldwin IV, stricken by leprosy yet nevertheless a wise and most sensible ruler, Princess Sibylla, King Baldwin IV's sister, and Guy de Lusignan, Sibylla's scheming, bloodthirsty, and intolerant husband. Despite the respect Baldwin engenders from the combined Christian
and Muslim population of Jerusalem, Guy, who is determined to rule after Baldwin's inevitable early death, seeks to precipitate
a war that will allow him to dispose of the Muslims and claim the Kingdom for Christians alone.
Guy and his co-conspirator Raynald of Châtillon massacre a Muslim trade caravan. Saladin, leader of the Muslim forces seeking to retake Jerusalem, attacks Kerak, Raynald's castle, to bring him to account for his crime. Balian decides to defend Kerak castle from Saladin's cavalry, in
order to protect the innocent villagers surrounding the castle. Though outnumbered, he and his knights charge Saladin's cavalry,
allowing the villagers time to flee to the castle; the quick battle ends as a stalemate with Balian's capture. In captivity,
Balian encounters the 'servant' he freed, Imad ad-Din, learning he is actually one of Saladin's Generals, who then returns the favor, freeing Balian to Kerak. King Baldwin IV
then arrives with his main army, successfully negotiates a Muslim retreat with Saladin and averts a potential bloodbath. At
Saladin's camp, several of his Generals are angry that he made a truce, but Saladin dismisses these complaints as a foolhardy
rush to war; he will only launch an attack against Jerusalem after ample preparation, when he feels he is strategically strong
enough. Baldwin beats Raynald and orders his arrest, but the stress of the events causes him to collapse, and his physicians
discover he will die shortly.
Saladin's forces besiege the walls of Jerusalem
Baldwin attempts to pair Balian to Sibylla, knowing that the pair have affection for each other, but Balian does not accept
as he refuses to be associated with the necessary murder of Guy; such political intrigue being counter to Balian's morality.
After Baldwin finally dies, Sibylla succeeds her brother and therefore names Guy as her King Consort of Jerusalem. Guy, now
free to do as he pleases, releases Raynald, unsuccessfully tries to have Balian killed by several of the Knights Templar and
has Raynald provoke Saladin to war by murdering Saladin's sister. When Saladin sends an emissary to demand the return of his
sister's body, the heads of those responsible, and the surrender of Jerusalem. Guy answers by killing the emissary, nearly
causing a fight between the Christian and Muslim bodyguards. As the emissary's body is towed away, Guy whispers arrogantly
"I am Jerusalem." Subsequently, in their arrogance, they march to the desert without adequate food and water to fight Saladin,
leaving Jerusalem unguarded except for Balian, his personal knights and the townspeople. Saladin's army ambushes Guy and Raynald
(the Battle of Hattin) and the Crusader army is annihilated. Guy and Raynald themselves are captured; Saladin has Raynald executed, and then marches
on Jerusalem. Balian prepares the defences, challenging the Patriarch's advice to flee, and then makes a symbolic gesture
by knighting a number of men-at-arms to raise morale. Balian insists that their goal is to defend Jerusalem's population,
not the city itself. Knowing full well they cannot defeat the Saracens, the defenders' only hope is to delay their enemies
long enough for them to negotiate.
Saladin's siege of Jerusalem is three days of battle wherein Balian demonstrates tactical skill in knocking down siege towers, before inspiring the defenders to hold the line when a section of city wall is opened. Having proven their resolve, Saladin
offers terms: Balian surrenders Jerusalem to Saladin when Saladin offers the inhabitants' safe passage to Christian lands.
Balian points out that when the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem a hundred years previously, they massacred the Muslim inhabitants,
but Saladin assures him that he is a man of honor, and, keeping his word, allows Balian and his people to leave. In the marching
column of citizens, he finds Sibylla, and convinces her to come with him.
Later, Balian is back in his French village. A column of crusader knights rides through, led by King Richard I of England, who tells Balian that they are commencing a new Crusade to retake Jerusalem from Saladin. King Richard seeks Balian, the
defender of Jerusalem, to join him, but Balian answers that he is only a blacksmith.
After visiting the grave of Balian's first wife, he and Sibylla ride into the sunset. An explanation is given that King
Richard failed in his Crusade, negotiated a shaky truce with Saladin after three years of war, and that "nearly a thousand
years later, peace in the Kingdom of Heaven remains elusive"
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 Nablus attempting a coup, with Balian of Ibelin, to raise her half-sister (Balian's stepdaughter), princess
Isabella of Jerusalem, to the throne; however, Isabella's husband, Humphrey IV of Toron, betrayed them by swearing allegiance to Guy.
Raymond of Tripoli was a cousin of Amalric I of Jerusalem, and one of the Kingdom's most powerful nobles, as well as sometime regent. He had a claim to the throne himself, but, being
childless, instead tried to advance his allies the Ibelin family. He was often in conflict with Guy and Raynald, who had risen
to their positions by marrying wealthy heiresses and through the king's favor. Guy and Raynald did harass Saladin's caravans,
and the claim that Raynald captured Saladin's sister is based on the account given in the Old French Continuation of William
of Tyre. This claim is not supported by any other accounts, and is generally believed to be false. In actuality, after
Raynald's attack on one caravan, Saladin made sure that the next one, in which his sister was traveling, was properly guarded:
the lady came to no harm.
The discord between the rival factions in the kingdom gave Saladin the opportunity to pursue his long-term goal of conquering
it. The kingdom's army was defeated at the Battle of Hattin, partly due to the conflict between Guy and Raymond. As already
stated, the battle itself is not shown in the movie, but its aftermath is depicted. The Muslims captured Guy and Raynald,
and according to al-Safadi in al-Wafi bi'l-wafayat, executed Raynald after he drank from the goblet offered to Guy,
as the sultan had once made a promise never to give anything to Raynald. Guy was imprisoned, but later freed. He attempted
to retain the kingship even after the deaths of Sibylla and their daughters during his siege of Acre in 1190, but lost in
an election to Conrad of Montferrat in 1192. Richard I of England, his only supporter, sold him the lordship of Cyprus, where he died c. 1194.
There was a Haute Cour, a "high court", a sort of medieval parliament, in which Jeremy Irons' character Tiberias is seen arguing with Guy for or
against war, in front of Baldwin IV as the final judge.
The movie alludes to the Battle of Montgisard in 1177, in which 16-year-old Baldwin IV defeated Saladin, with Saladin narrowly escaping.
The Knights Hospitaller and Knights Templar were the most enthusiastic about fighting Saladin and the Muslims. They were monastic military orders, committed to celibacy.
Neither Guy nor Raynald was a Templar, as the movie implies by costuming them both in Templar surcoats: they were secular
nobles with wives and families.
During one scene in the movie, shortly before Hattin, three soldiers referred to as "Templars" attack Balian; however,
they clearly wear the white surcoats with black crosses of Teutonic Knights, rather than the white and red of the Knights Templar. The Teutonic Knights were not a military order until 1198.
The historical origin of Orlando Bloom's character, Balian of Ibelin, was a close ally of Raymond; however, he was a mature
gentleman, just a year or two younger than Raymond, and one of the most important nobles in the kingdom, not a French blacksmith.
His father Barisan (which was originally his own name, modified into French as 'Balian') founded the Ibelin family in the
east, and probably came from Italy. Balian and Sibylla were indeed united in the defense of Jerusalem; however, no romantic
relationship existed between the two. Balian married Sibylla's stepmother Maria Comnena, Dowager Queen of Jerusalem and Lady of Nablus. The Old French Continuation of William of Tyre (the so-called Chronicle of Ernoul) claimed that Sibylla had been infatuated with Balian's older brother Baldwin of Ibelin, a widower over twice her age, but this is doubtful; instead, it seems that Raymond of Tripoli attempted a coup to marry
her off to him to strengthen the position of his faction; however, this legend seems to have been behind the film's creation
of a love-relationship between Sibylla and a member of the Ibelin family.
William of Tyre
discovers Baldwin IV's leprosy; his accounts form the historical basis for much of the film
The events of the siege of Jerusalem are based on the Old French Continuation of William of Tyre, a favorable account partly written by Ernoul, one of Balian's officers, and other contemporary documents. Saladin did besiege
Jerusalem for almost a month, and was able to knock down a portion of the wall. In the film Balian knighted everyone who could
carry a sword, but historical accounts say he only knighted some burgesses. The exact number varies in different accounts,
but it is probably less than one hundred in a city which had tens of thousands of male inhabitants and refugees. Balian personally
negotiated the surrender of the city with Saladin, after threatening to destroy every building and kill the 3000-5000 Muslim
inhabitants of the city. Saladin allowed Balian and his family to leave in peace, along with everyone else who could arrange
to pay a ransom. The rest were sold into slavery.
The "uneasy truce" referred to in the closing scene actually refers to the Treaty of Ramla, negotiated, with Balian's help, at the end of the Third Crusade. The Third Crusade is alluded to at the end of the movie, when Richard I of England visits Balian in France. Balian, of course,
was not from France and did not return there with Sibylla; she and her two daughters died of fever in camp during the siege of Acre. Conrad of Montferrat had denied her and Guy entry to the remaining stronghold of Tyre, and thus Guy was attempting to take another city for himself.
Balian's relations with Richard were far from amicable, because he supported Conrad against Richard's vassal Guy. He and
his wife Maria arranged her daughter Isabella's forcible divorce from Humphrey of Toron so she could marry Conrad. Ambroise, who wrote a poetic account of the crusade, called Balian "more false than a goblin" and said he "should be hunted with dogs".
The anonymous author of the Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi wrote that Balian was a member of a "council
of consummate iniquity", and described him as cruel, fickle, and faithless, and accused him of taking bribes from Conrad.
The young Balian of the movie thus did not exist in reality. The historical Balian had descendants by Maria Comnena. Thanks
to their close relationship to Sibylla's half-sister and successor, Maria's daughter Queen Isabella (not shown in the movie),
the Ibelins became the most powerful noble family in the rump Kingdom of Jerusalem as well as in Cyprus in the thirteenth
century. Most notably, Maria and Balian's son John, the Lord of Beirut, was a dominant force in the politics of Outremer for the first third of the thirteenth century.
An episode of The History Channel's series History vs. Hollywood analyzed the historical accuracy of the film. This program and a Movie Real (a series by A&E Network) episode about Kingdom of Heaven were both included on the DVD version of the movie
The visual style of Kingdom of Heaven emphasizes set design and impressive cinematography in almost every scene.
It is notable for its "visually stunning cinematography and haunting music".
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 color" (as in films by Akira Kurosawa). Director Ridley Scott's visual acumen was described as the main draw of Kingdom of Heaven with the stellar,
stunning cinematography and "jaw-dropping combat sequences" based on the production design of Arthur Max.
The music to the movie is quite different in style and content to the soundtrack of Ridley Scott's earlier 2000 film Gladiator and many other subsequent films depicting historical events. A composition of classical listings, rousing chorales, juxtaposing
Muslim sacred chants, and subtle implementation of contemporary rock/pop influences, the soundtrack is largely the result
of British film-score composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Gregson-Williams chose to move away from the "battle waltz" and the "wailing woman" that had been introduced by Hans Zimmer in Gladiator and would then find excessive use in more and more other movies, such as Alexander and Troy.
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 from American critics, with the Boston Globe stating Bloom was "not actively bad as Balian of Ibelin", but nevertheless "seems like a man holding the fort
for a genuine star who never arrives". Although the medieval character of Balian of Ibelin is not well known to U.S. culture, many critics had strong notions
of how Balian should be acted, as an "epic hero" with a strong presence. One critic conceded that Balian was more of a "brave
and principled thinker-warrior" rather than a large, strong commander, and Balian used brains-over-brawn to gain advantage in battle.
Orlando Bloom was not playing the young comedic role of the "Pirates" movies, but rather an older, mature, bearded man, who, in his late thirties, was in military combat for years, and questioned
what was worth risking death. Some critics noted his "acceptable performance" in light of the far more difficult role that
this film required over his previous famous, but light parts. Orlando Bloom had gained 20 pounds for the part, and the Extended Director's Cut (detailed below) of Kingdom of Heaven reveals even more complex facets of Orlando
Bloom's role, involving connections with unknown relatives, which even further complicate Balian's view of life and death. Despite the criticism, Orlando Bloom won two awards for his performance.
Online, general criticism has been also divided, but leaning towards the positive. As of early 2006, the Yahoo! Movies rating for Kingdom of Heaven was a "B" from the critics (based on 15 Reviews). This rating equates to "good" according
to Yahoo! Movie's rating system. On Rotten Tomatoes, only 39% of critics gave the film a positive review.
Academic criticism has focused on the supposed peaceful relationship between Christians and Muslims in Jerusalem and other
cities depicted. Crusader historians such as Jonathan Riley-Smith, quoted by The Daily Telegraph, called the film "dangerous to Arab relations", claiming the movie was Osama bin Laden's
version of the Crusades and would "fuel the Islamic fundamentalists". Riley-Smith further commented against the historical
accuracy stating "nonsense like this will only reinforce existing myths," arguing that the film "relied on the romanticized
view of the Crusades propagated by Sir Walter Scott in his book The Talisman, published in 1825 and now discredited by academics.". Fellow Crusade historian Jonathan Phillips also spoke against the film. Paul Halsall defended Scott, claiming that "historians can't criticize filmmakers for having to make the decisions they have to make...
[Scott is] not writing a history textbook".
Thomas F. Madden, a professor of medieval history at Saint Louis University, commented against the film's presentation
of the Crusades,:
Given events in the modern world it is lamentable that there is so large a gulf between what professional historians know
about the Crusades and what the general population believes. This movie only widens that gulf. The shame of it is that dozens
of distinguished historians across the globe would have been only too happy to help Scott and Monahan get it right."
Scott himself defended this depiction of the Muslim-Christian relationship in footage on the DVD version of the movie's
extra features. Scott sees this portrayal as being a contemporary look at the history. He argued that peace and brutality
are concepts relative to one's own experience, and since our society today is so far removed from the brutal times in which
the movie takes place, he told the story in a way that he felt was true to the source material yet was more accessible to
a modern audience. In other words, the "peace" that existed was exaggerated to fit our ideas of what such a peace would be.
At the time, it was merely a lull in Muslim-Christian violence compared to the standards of the period. The recuring use of
"Assalamu Alaikum" the traditional Arabic greating meaning: "Peace be with you" spoken both in Arabic and English is also
repeated several times.
The "Director's Cut" of the film is a 4-disc set, two of which are dedicated to a feature-length documentary called "The
Path to Redemption." This feature contains an additional featurette on historical accuracy called "Creative Accuracy: The
Scholars Speak", where a number of academics support the film's contemporary relevance and historical accuracy. Among these
historians is Dr. Nancy Caciola, who said that despite the various inaccuracies and fictionalized/dramatized details considered
the film a "responsible depiction of the period."
Screenwriter William Monahan, who is a long-term enthusiast of the period, has said "If it isn't in, it doesn't mean we didn't know it... What you use,
in drama, is what plays. Shakespeare did the same."
Caciola agreed with the fictionalization of characters on the grounds that "crafting a character who is someone the audience
can identify with" is necessary in a film. She said that "I, as a professional, have spent much time with medieval people,
so to speak, in the texts that I read; and quite honestly there are very few of them that if I met in the flesh I feel that
I would be very fond of." This appears to echo the sentiments of Scott himself. However, the DVD does not feature historians
expressing more negative reactions.
The historical content and the religious and political messages present have received praise and condemnation, sentiments
and perceptions. It is claimed that Christianity is portrayed in an unfavorable light and the value of Christian belief is
diminished, especially in the portrayal of Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem (Eraclius). In several screenings in Beirut, Robert Fisk reported that Muslim audiences rose to their feet and applauded wildly during a scene in the film in which Saladin respectfully places a fallen crucifix back on top of a table after it had fallen during the 3 day siege of the city. 
The movie was a box-office failure in the U.S. and Canada, earning $47 million against a budget of around $130 million,
but was successful in Europe and the rest of the world, with the worldwide box office earnings totaling at $211,643,158. It was also a big success in Arabic speaking countries, especially Egypt mainly because of the Egyptian actor Khaled El Nabawy who participated in the movie. Director Ridley Scott insinuated that
the U.S. failure of the film was the result of bad advertising which presented the film as an adventure with a great love
story rather than as an examination of religious conflict. It's also been noted that the film was altered from its original version to be shorter and follow a more simple plot
line. This "less sophisticated" version is what hit theaters, although Scott and some of his crew felt it was watered down,
explaining that by editing, "You've gone in there and taken little bits from everything".
As a final note, like some other Ridley Scott films, Kingdom of Heaven found success on DVD in the U.S., and the
release of the Director's Cut has reinvigorated interest in the film. Nearly all reviews of the 2006 Director's Cut have been
positive , including a four-star review in Britain's "Total Film" magazine (five star being the publication's highest
Extended director's cut
Sibylla of Jerusalem (Eva Green
) has a much more significant role in the director's cut.
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 road show
presentation with an overture, intermission and entr'acte. Ridley Scott gave an interview to STV on 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 Heaven as 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 had to cut the film down for release in theaters. The result was a thinner
plot and significantly less characterization and character development.
The Director's Cut (DC) has received a distinctly more positive reception from film critics than the theatrical release,
with many reviews suggesting that it offers a much greater insight into the motivations of individual characters. Scott and
his crew have all stated that they consider the Director's Cut to be the true version of the film and the theatrical cut more
of an action movie trailer for the real film. Reviewers have described it as the most substantial Director's Cut of all time and a title to equal any of Scott's other works
It should be noted that Alexander Siddig in particular agitated for the release of a new cut to show more of the original plot.
The new director's cut provides information that may change how some interpret several characters and the story arc:
- The village priest who taunts Balian and is killed by him is revealed to be his half-brother (his mother's son by her
lawful husband), although the brothers are not initially aware of this. The animosity between them is shown as originating
from the priest's coveting of the firstborn Balian's meager inheritance.
- Godfrey is not only the father of Balian but the younger brother of the village lord who believes that Godfrey is looking
for his own son to be Godfrey's heir in Ibelin. It is this lord's son and heir who organizes the attack on Godfrey's party
in the forest and is subsequently killed.
- Both subplots above hinge on the firstborn son's right to exclusive inheritance: this is what apparently drove Godfrey
to the Holy Land and the priest to his scheming against Balian.
- Baldwin IV is shown refusing the last sacrament from Patriarch Heraclius.
- Another major change is the re-insertion of the character of Baldwin V (who was shown in some of the trailers), the son of Sibylla by her first husband (William of Montferrat, not named in the film). The boy is crowned King after Baldwin IV's death, but is then discovered to have leprosy, like his uncle. His death is depicted as an act of euthanasia by his mother, using poison. Only then is Sibylla crowned queen and has Guy crowned, as in the theatrical version.
- Balian also fights a climactic duel with Guy near the end of the film, after Jerusalem is surrendered and Guy has been
released by Saladin (an act intended to humiliate Guy in the eyes of his former subjects). Guy is humiliated furthermore by
challenging Balian to a duel, being defeated, and then spared by Balian.
- More violence, blood and gore are re-inserted.
- A scene with Balian discussing his situation with the Hospitaller, which included the line "I go to pray" (featured in
most trailers) is re-inserted.
- It is made clear that Guy de Lusignan knows that Sibylla is having an affair with Balian. He is however interested in
her only for political reasons.
- It is explained in detail how Balian is skilled at strategic fighting and also building siege engines.
- Saladin decapitates Raynald de Chatillon instead of only cutting his throat; this is generally believed to be rather more
- Sibylla is portrayed much more as a corrupt princess and unpredictable as she stated herself.
Behind the scenes
European Film Awards:
- Audience Award - Best Actor (Orlando Bloom)
- Outstanding Original Score (Harry Gregson-Williams)
- Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture (Wes Sewell, Victoria Alonso, Tom Wood, Gary Brozenich)
- Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama (Edward Norton)
- Outstanding Art Direction & Production Design (Arthur Max)
- Outstanding Costume Design (Janty Yates)
- Outstanding Visual Effects (Tom Wood)
Teen Choice Awards:
- Choice Movie: Action/Adventure
- Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure/Thriller (Orlando Bloom)
- Choice Movie Liplock (Eva Green and Orlando Bloom)
- Choice Movie Love Scene (Eva Green and Orlando Bloom - Balian and Sibylla kiss)
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