R | | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Production Designer Arthur Max used a real kasbah when constructing Ibelin, and simply built an "extension" onto the existing structure, as he had done in Huesca, Spain, near which he built the small French village seen at the beginning and end of the film. ... ...
Squire: Clear the road, if you will.
During the sea voyage and at other times, Balian is costumed in a top cinched with a row of buttons, almost a century before functional buttons appeared in his part of the world. Nonfunctional decorative buttons go back far in history, but functional buttons first appeared in the 1200's in Germany, spreading to other parts of Europe in the later 1200's through mid-1300's. Using tie strings or some manner cinching laces (or better, just a loose pullover top) would have been more period-appropriate.
The opening 20th Century Fox logo has a ocher-yellow tint added to it.
English, Arabic, Latin, Italian
$445,232 (Austria) (6 May 2005)
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