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, Set Decorator Sonja Klaus, and Costume Designer Janty Yates all visited the Salles des Croisades in the Musée National du Château de Versailles for inspiration about the period in which the film is set. The paintings found there became vital in helping the filmmakers design the flags, banners, horse dressing, costumes, etc. Max also used the work of Jean-Paul Jérôme and Paul Gustave Doré as inspiration in designing the film's sets.
Squire: Clear the road, if you will.
The effects of trebuchets have been extremely overdone. They neither reach as far as the film implies (certainly not with that kind of angle) nor does the impact of the ammunition cause the ground to tremble as if it were modern artillery. A hurled stone on a massive city wall may cause a dent and merely a thump upon impact.
The opening 20th Century Fox logo has a ocher-yellow tint added to it.
The Director's Cut on Blu-ray Disc (released November 14, 2006) runs 190 minutes as the overture and intermission have been excluded. The Ultimate Edition Blu-ray released in 2014 includes both the 190-minute and 194-minute versions, the latter as the "Director's Cut Roadshow Version".
English, Arabic, Latin, Italian
$19,635,996 8 May 2005