History Film / KingdomOfHeaven

21st Nov '16 11:14:55 PM icewater
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** PlayedStraight with the Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, who is based on Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem. According to historical texts, he had something of a bad reputation, but this must be taken with a grain of salt as this information comes from his rival for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and so is almost definitely biased.[[labelnote:For Details]]He was accused by his rival of sleeping with the woman who was to choose the new patriarch to get her to choose him, a claim whose validity is suspect. One claim, that he excommunicated said rival and later had him poisoned, has been proven entirely false.[[/labelnote]] In the film, he is depicted as a bigoted, self-centered, and cowardly SmugSnake. Historically, while he may have been a tad bit corrupt (but then again, who wasn't in those days?), he was actually quite selfless. He stripped the silver and gold from the Church of The Holy Sepulchre to pay the city's defenders, knowing it would likely get him in big trouble. He was also active in the defense of Jerusalem where in the film, he tried to urge Balian to help him flee. And when Jerusalem finally fell, not only did he pay for the freedom of many of the common people out of his own pocket, but he was even the one to advise Balian to seek terms instead of fight to the death.

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** PlayedStraight with the Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, who is based on Patriarch Heraclius of Jerusalem. According to historical texts, he had something of a bad reputation, but this must be taken with a grain of salt as this information comes from his rival for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and so is almost definitely biased.[[labelnote:For Details]]He was accused by his rival of sleeping with the woman who was to choose the new patriarch to get her to choose him, a claim whose validity is suspect. One claim, that he excommunicated said rival and later had him poisoned, has been proven entirely false.[[/labelnote]] In the film, he is depicted as a bigoted, self-centered, and cowardly SmugSnake. Historically, while he may have been a tad bit corrupt (but then again, who wasn't in those days?), he was actually quite selfless. He stripped the silver and gold from the Church of The Holy Sepulchre to pay the city's defenders, knowing it would likely get him in big trouble. He was also active in the defense of Jerusalem where Jerusalem, whereas in the film, film he tried to urge Balian to help him flee. And when Jerusalem finally fell, not only did he pay for the freedom of many of the common people out of his own pocket, but he was even the one to advise Balian to seek terms instead of fight to the death.
19th Nov '16 4:28:02 AM 1nightonly
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** Also, Balian's brother who, perhaps, assumed he didn't have it in him, but chose to mock his grieving brother while Balian was hard at work on a sword, around a very firey forge.

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** Also, Balian's brother who, perhaps, assumed he didn't have it in him, but chose to mock his grieving brother while Balian was hard at work on a sword, around a very firey fiery forge.
10th Nov '16 10:32:58 AM baronbrian
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**It's actually explained in the Director's Version that Balian had served a nobleman in France during a war between him and another noble. During that war he picked up siege tactics, fighting, and other things. It's still not fully explained but it's way better than the original cut where he just seems to go from blacksmith to master of war.
10th Nov '16 10:00:42 AM baronbrian
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**The movie is full of them. 'What is Jerusalem worth?'
9th Oct '16 8:02:34 AM erforce
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* MrFanservice: While there are a fair number of fairly attractive male examples from the mostly male cast who run the gambit of young to old, Balian who appears shirtless in at least one scene is a shoe-in as an example because after all he is [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Will Turner.]]

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* MrFanservice: While there are a fair number of fairly attractive male examples from the mostly male cast who run the gambit of young to old, Balian who appears shirtless in at least one scene is a shoe-in as an example because after all he is [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]] and [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Will Turner.]]
29th Sep '16 11:53:58 AM Will
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%%* AngelUnaware: [[NoNameGiven The Hospitaller]] is implied to be this, though we do see [[spoiler: his severed head]] later on.

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%%* * AngelUnaware: [[NoNameGiven The Hospitaller]] is implied to be this, this -- he has a knack for disappearing into thin air, and at one point he appears out of nowhere to revive an apparently dying Balian with a touch. He apparently has a physical body, though -- we do see [[spoiler: his severed head]] later on.



* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Balian to Sibylla. "Do you have any idea of Jerusalem except that it is yours?"



%%** [[spoiler:Reynauld]] as well.

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%%** ** [[spoiler:Reynauld]] as well.well. After spending the entire movie killing apparently for fun (although in one scene he shows signs of considering himself NecessarilyEvil), it's a real pleasure to see him get his throat cut by Saladin.



%%* BaldOfAwesome: Balian's right-hand knight.

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%%* * BaldOfAwesome: Almaric, Balian's right-hand knight.warrior. One of the few characters to survive to the end of the film.



* BookEnds: The film begins and ends in the village that Balian lives in in France.

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* BookEnds: The film begins and ends in the village that Balian lives in in France.France, with a party of crusaders arriving and seeking him out. The first time, the crusaders are led by a lord, and Balian the blacksmith shows deference and avoids making eye contact. The second time, the crusaders are led by a king -- and Balian, insisting that he is no more than a blacksmith, looks the king in the eye, as an equal.



%%* ChessMotifs: King Baldwin's introductory scene, with an echo by Balian later.

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%%* * ChessMotifs: King Baldwin's introductory scene, with an echo by Balian later.scene has him use chess as a metaphor to explain the complexities of human existence. "The whole world is in chess. Any move can be the death of you. Do anything except remain where you started... and you can't be sure of your end."



%%* CoolMask / MaskPower: King Baldwin's mask. Hey, if you have to hide your disease-ridden face, at least do it in style.

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%%* CoolMask / MaskPower: CoolMask/MaskPower: King Baldwin's mask. Hey, if you have to hide your disease-ridden face, at least do it in style.



%%* TheFaceless: A good guy, King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem.

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%%* * TheFaceless: A good guy, King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem.Jerusalem. His face is concealed in every scene until after his death, when his sister removes his mask -- and then quickly replaces it, when she sees what lies beneath.



%%** "You go to certain death!" - "All death is certain."

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%%** ** The Hospitaller's explanation for his going to battle. "You go to certain death!" - "All death is certain."



%%* IronicEcho: "God wills it!"

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%%* * IronicEcho: "God wills it!"it!" Used by both Christians and Muslims to justify their actions.



%%* {{Jerkass}}: The Priest at the beginning and the Templars, especially Guy and Reynauld.

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%%* * {{Jerkass}}: The Priest at the beginning beginning, who steals money meant for Balian, has his wife's corpse mutilated against the Bishop's orders, and the Templars, especially Guy and Reynauld.then taunts Balian into killing him.



%%* KnightInSourArmor: Tiberias.

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%%* * KnightInSourArmor: Tiberias.Tiberias. A good guy, but rendered deeply cynical by years of politics and treachery, to the point that, when the final battle looms, he simply [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere leaves]].



* LightIsNotGood / DarkIsNotEvil: The JerkAss [[TheFundamentalist Fundamentalist]] Templars wear white tabards with red crosses, whilst the more moderate and tolerant Hospitallers wear black tabards with grey crosses. Wholly dramatised for the film to give it clearly defined villains.

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* LightIsNotGood / DarkIsNotEvil: LightIsNotGood/DarkIsNotEvil: The JerkAss [[TheFundamentalist Fundamentalist]] Templars wear white tabards with red crosses, whilst the more moderate and tolerant Hospitallers wear black tabards with grey crosses. Wholly dramatised for the film to give it clearly defined villains.



%%* PowerWalk: Saladin.

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%%* * PowerWalk: Saladin.Saladin, after the capture of Jerusalem. He strides victorious through the fallen city, servants strewing rose-petals in his path, until he reaches the Dome of the Rock... where he kneels in prayer.



* RapeDiscretionShot: When Reynauld approaches Saladin's sister, she asks him if he knows who she is, and he replies 'yes' before ripping the veil from her face. Then the scene cuts away. Because we have seen crusaders rape a muslim woman moments before, and we hear afterwards that Saladin's sister is dead, we are led to believe that Reynauld murdered and possibly raped her.

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* RapeDiscretionShot: When Reynauld approaches Saladin's sister, she asks tells him if he knows who she is, and he replies 'yes' replies, almost sadly, "I know", before ripping the veil from her face. Then the scene cuts away. Because we have seen crusaders rape a muslim Muslim woman moments before, and we hear afterwards that Saladin's sister is dead, we are led to believe that Reynauld murdered and possibly raped her.



%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Baldwin IV, Tiberias and Saladin. The Bishop in Balian's hometown seen in the Director's Cut would count as well.

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%%* * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Baldwin IV, Tiberias and Saladin. Saladin, who work desperately to maintain the fragile peace. The Bishop in Balian's hometown seen in the Director's Cut would count as well.well -- he insists that Balian and his wife are both blameless in her death, and checks to make sure that the priest did not have her body mutilated (he lies).



%%* StealthHiBye: The Hospitaller pulls one off in the middle of the desert. One of the hints that he's a SpiritAdvisor.

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%%* * StealthHiBye: The Hospitaller pulls one off in the middle of the desert.desert. After talking to Balian, he turns and starts walking into an open flat plain. Balian is distracted for a moment by a bush apparently spontaneously combusting, and when he turns back the Hospitaller has completely vanished. One of the hints that he's a SpiritAdvisor.



%%* WhatTheHellHero: Tiberius and Sybilla both dress down Balian for letting tens of thousands die pointlessly to avoid the death of one personal enemy.

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%%* WhatTheHellHero: Tiberius Tiberias and Sybilla both dress down Balian for letting tens of thousands die pointlessly to avoid the death of one personal enemy.
6th Sep '16 1:38:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* NoNameGiven: [[TheKnightsHospitallers Hospitaller]]. The Patriarch of Jerusalem is not named in the film.

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* NoNameGiven: [[TheKnightsHospitallers [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers Hospitaller]]. The Patriarch of Jerusalem is not named in the film.
21st Aug '16 7:50:20 PM Hadjorim
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* NeverTrustATrailer: It's been theorized that the movie did badly in the US because commercials and trailers presented it primarily as a love story, rather than one of political and religious intrigue.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: The movie fared well in Europe and elsewhere, but did badly in the US. It's been theorized that this is because in the US the advertising campaign portrayed the movie did badly in the US because commercials and trailers presented it primarily as a love story, rather than one of political and political, religious and military intrigue.
21st Aug '16 7:38:48 PM Hadjorim
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* AintTooProudToBeg: When King Baldwin arrives at Kerak to punish Reynauld de Chatillon for his raiding of Saracen caravans, Reynauld immediately assumes a fawning, begging posture (though his face betrays a mocking, sarcastic expression). When Baldwin demands that Reynauld give him "The Kiss of Peace" on his leprous, sore-ridden hand. Reynauld grabs it without a moment's hesitation and gives it a sloppy kiss. Baldwin responds by smacking the crap out of Reynauld with a riding crop before condemning him to be executed.

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* AintTooProudToBeg: When King Baldwin arrives at Kerak to punish Reynauld de Chatillon for his raiding of Saracen caravans, Reynauld immediately assumes a fawning, begging posture (though his face betrays a mocking, sarcastic expression). When Baldwin demands that Reynauld give him "The Kiss of Peace" on his leprous, sore-ridden hand. hand, Reynauld grabs it without a moment's hesitation and gives it a sloppy kiss. Baldwin responds by smacking the crap out of Reynauld with a riding crop before condemning him to be executed.
13th Aug '16 10:45:37 AM LordGro
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* PayEvilUntoEvil:
** Saladin, when he slits Reynauld's throat and again when he has Guy paraded half-naked backwards on a donkey.
** Baldwin's forcing Reynauld to kiss his diseased hand and then slapping him around a few times.
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