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.
William Monahan's first draft of the script was 186 pages. Executive Producer Lisa Ellzey was worried that, when such a large script was submitted to Fox for budget approval, the studio would balk at the length, so she called what she refers to as a "parenthetical meeting". ... ...
Squire: Clear the road, if you will.
Contrary to what is shown, the casualties among the defenders in Jerusalem were actually only a few each day until the final fight. This was typical for close fought city or castle defenses, and reflected the extreme advantage of fighting from thick high walls with well placed towers.
The opening 20th Century Fox logo has a ocher-yellow tint added to it.
The 194 minute Director's Cut is a roadshow format presentation with an Overture, Intermission and Entr'acte. In all, 45 minutes of new scenes have been added, with the biggest addition, as acknowledges in the introduction, being the subplot of Sibylla's son. Also, there is now more graphic violence in all the battle scenes, with newly added shots of spurting blood and new close-ups of wounds being inflicted. The primary additional scenes in the Director's Cut are:
English, Arabic, Latin, Italian
$445,232 (Austria) (6 May 2005)
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