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->'''Balian''': What is Jerusalem worth?\\
'''Saladin:''' Nothing. ''[beat]'' Everything.

''Kingdom of Heaven'' is a 2005 film directed by Creator/RidleyScott and starring Creator/OrlandoBloom, Creator/EvaGreen, Creator/JeremyIrons, Creator/DavidThewlis, Creator/BrendanGleeson, Ghassan Massoud, Creator/LiamNeeson, and Creator/EdwardNorton.

Set in [[TheHighMiddleAges the Middle Ages]], the protagonist is a tormented blacksmith grieving after his wife's suicide. A baron from the holy lands rides by and asks him to go on [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades a Crusade]]. He says no. Then, after being antagonized by a local priest whilst in the depths of his misery, he lashes out in rage and kills him, leaving him with the options of staying to face charges, or joining the baron to live in relative freedom.

This film is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory loosely]] based on the historical Balian of Ibelin during the Fall of UsefulNotes/{{Jerusalem}}.

The movie has two versions: the original theatrical version, and the Director's Cut.
!!This work provides examples of:
%%* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Many, especially one-on-one scenes between Balian and, variously, Godfrey, the Hospitaller, King Baldwin, Sybilla, and Imad.
* AintTooProudToBeg: When King Baldwin arrives at Kerak to punish Reynald de Chatillon for his raiding of Saracen caravans, Reynald immediately assumes a fawning, begging posture (though his face betrays a mocking, sarcastic expression). When Baldwin demands that Reynald give him "The Kiss of Peace" on his leprous, sore-ridden hand, Reynald grabs it without a moment's hesitation and gives it a sloppy kiss. Baldwin responds by smacking the crap out of Reynald with a riding crop before condemning him to be executed.
* AngelUnaware: [[NoNameGiven The Hospitaller]] is implied to be 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 see [[spoiler: his severed head]] later on.
* AnnoyingArrows:
** Subverted when Balian's father Godfrey is wounded by an arrow in the side. He shrugs off the wound, but later dies of blood poisoning. The same happens with one of Godfrey's warriors who is able to fight on competently with an ''arrow through his neck'', but dies shortly after.
** Played more straight with this:
---> '''Godfrey''': I once fought two days with [[GroinAttack an arrow through my testicle.]]
%%* ArcWords: 'Rise a Knight'; 'He's a murderer' [response] 'So am I'; 'What is Jerusalem worth?'
* AristocratsAreEvil:
** Guy looks down on Balian for his blacksmith background a couple of times throughout the film.
** Averted with Godfrey and at least some of his allies, who see their position as a means to help others and more in line with the ideals of chivalry.
* ArmorIsUseless: Subverted. Balian wears chainmail in the final battle and at one point a sword hits his arm. While he doesn't get through it completely unscathed, he doesn't lose the arm either, which is what would have happened if he hadn't worn the mail.
%%* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Balian to Sibylla. "Do you have any idea of Jerusalem except that it is yours?"
* ArrangedMarriage: The reason Sibylla is married to Guy in the first place. Plus he's her second husband [[note]]The first one, the father of her son, had passed away.[[/note]], and her first marriage was presumably also arranged.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** Saladin's sister was never captured, much less killed, by Crusaders.
** The three "Templar knights" who ambush Balian shortly before Guy's coronation actually wear the black cross of UsefulNotes/{{the Teutonic Knights}}, which were founded only after the events depicted in the film (all other scenes portray the Templars uniforms accurately, so it's a mystery why these are used here).. Also their attack never happened.
** The portrayal of Guy and Reynald as Knights Templar is completely fictional, and would have been an impossibility within the bounds of the contemporary laws. Not only did the Templars renounce all their personal titles outside the Order, which made their portrayal as elitist nobility a suspect, but they could hold no land or possessions in their own name, which would have made it impossible for Guy to be crowned as King. They also took vows to stay celibate, meaning Guy could never have been Sibylla's husband either. Guy was actually the King of Jerusalem when Reynald attacked the caravan, and had been for several years prior when King Baldwin died.
** The Templar Knights being the most fervent and fanatical of all Crusaders to utterly suicidal levels also smacks of this. In truth, after the foundation of the Crusader States, the military orders settled comfortably into expanding their wealth and power through trade, not least of all with the Islamic world. For them to upset the tentative peace is unlikely. In fact, it was new arrivals from Europe that were more likely to cause problems, rather than knights who had been there a long time.
** The actual Balian was not born out of wedlock. He was a nobleman, and native to the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Rather than an enemy, he was Guy's adviser (although they disagreed at times). Balian also broke an oath made to Saladin that he wouldn't take arms against him any further if his wife and children were allowed safe passage for Tripoli. His oath also included leaving Jerusalem--he didn't do this either. The Patriarch of Jerusalem absolved him, saying the needs of the city were more important than an oath made to a Muslim[[note]]Balian later sent a message to Saladin explaining what he had done, and apologized for it; Saladin accepted it and gave Balian's family safe passage to Tripoli anyway[[/note]]. His family, and close alliance with the Patriarch, also aren't in the film.
** Saladin was somewhat harsher in reality toward the Christians of Jerusalem. He allowed most to leave in return for a large sum, while the rest were enslaved. Some who remained were freed by him, but not all.
** Sybilla was actually one of the extremists who (like Guy) wanted war with the Muslims. She was genuinely devoted to him by all accounts (however, there were claims saying she did indeed have an affair with Balian). Sybilla and Balian never married either (he had a wife).
** In general, it's worth remembering that the movie is a fictionalized adaptation of historical events. While some of the broader context is historically accurate, most of the details are fictional, created by the writers to tell an interesting story.
* AssholeVictim:
** The {{jerkass}} priest at the beginning [[note]]who's also Balian's brother; however, this detail and all reference to them having any kind of relationship beyond that of a village priest and a member of the village were cut from the theatrical release[[/note]] gets stabbed and subsequently set on fire by Balian when Balian finds out the priest has looted a golden crucifix from the body of Balian's dead wife.
** The Saracen cavalier who attacks Balian over his horse when Balian was lost and exhausted, and didn't do anything to him. Although as it turns out,[[spoiler:the "cavalier" was actually the servant of the landowner (they played it the other way around), who, despite his first interaction with Balian, turns out to be a ''very'' valuable ally later on.]]
** [[spoiler:Reynald]] as 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.
%%* AwesomeMcCoolName: Jeremy Irons as ''Tiberius''
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: After Baldwin's death from leprosy (in the Director's Cut), Sybilla's son is crowned king of Jerusalem.
* AxCrazy: Guy and Reynald have gleeful expressions while slaughtering defenseless caravans.
%%* BadassMustache: Balian.
* BadassPreacher: The Hospitaller, played by David Thewlis. [[TruthInTelevision The order of the Hospitaller Knights]] were all ordained priests, all trained as physicians, and all guys you ''did not'' want to fuck with.
* BaldOfAwesome: Almaric, Balian's right-hand warrior. One of the few characters to survive to the end of the film.
* BeardOfEvil: Reynald and Guy are the bad guys and both sport full beards.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Averted, as there are both beautiful and hideous people all along the morality spectrum. The hideous leper King Baldwin is a good guy and a competent ruler in spite of his disease-ravaged face, while Guy de Lusignan is properly evil but played by the quite handsome Martin Csokas. The good Balian (played by Creator/OrlandoBloom) and Sibylla (played by Creator/EvaGreen) are beautiful, while the horrible Reynaud is [[FatBastard overweight]].
* BittersweetEnding: Balian manages to keep the people and men under his command from being annihilated by the Saracens, and [[spoiler:moves to France with Sybilla, the former queen of Jerusalem, as his wife but UsefulNotes/{{Richard the Lionheart}} starts another crusade that is doomed to fail]], and as the ending text reminds us, it goes FromBadToWorse.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Cavalry Battle outside Kerak, twice. Balian and his knights hold back the Saracen cavalry long enough for the remaining peasants to get inside the castle, then after they're defeated, Baldwin arrives with the Jerusalem army and persuades Saladin to withdraw, rescuing Balian and his men in the process.
* TheBlacksmith: Balian at the beginning, and [[spoiler:how he chooses to live after the crusade]].
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Saladin and the Saracens are no more "evil" than Baldwin, Balian, Tiberias and the majority of Jerusalem's army. Most of them fight for much the same ideal, although it is not portrayed as morally or ethically ''right'' for either side. The Templars however, epitomized by their leaders Guy de Lusignan and Reynald de Chatillon, are morally bankrupt, bloodthirsty, warmongering monsters whose cruelty and depravity have no limits.
* BluntYes: Before the Siege of Jerusalem, Balian quickly knights all the men-at-arms within the walls of the city, upsetting the Bishop.
-->'''Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem:''' Who do you think you are? Will you alter the world? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?
-->'''Balian:''' Yes.
* BodyHorror: King Baldwin's leprosy is only shown in a few scenes with two that stand out quite well: Him forcing Reynald to kiss his rotting hand and Sibylla taking off his mask during his funeral.
* BookEnds: The film begins and ends in the village that Balian lives in in 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.
* BreakTheHaughty: King Guy de Lusignan, after he is defeated by Saladin and paraded naked on a donkey. The director's cut reveals that it actually didn't work; Guy still tried to kill Balian, and was again defeated in a duel by Balian (who [[SaveTheVillain spares his life]] ).
* BullyingADragon: Guy and Reynald constantly antagonize Saladin by slaughtering caravans, confident that their army cannot be beaten because it is a Christian army despite Saladin's overwhelming advantage in force. Their attacks and constant provoking eventually come to bite them in the ass.
-->'''Guy:''' This caravan is armed, Reynald.
-->'''Reynald:''' Good! No sport, otherwise.
%%* CherubicChoir
* ChessMotifs: King Baldwin's introductory 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."
%%* CoolHelmet: Ubiquitous. Makes sense given the time and place.
%%* CoolMask/MaskPower: King Baldwin's mask. Hey, if you have to hide your disease-ridden face, at least do it in style.
* CorruptChurch: Almost all members of the Catholic hierarchy are villains or [[JerkAss jerks]]. The one major aversion is the Hospitaller. The director's cut also featured a scene with a fairly sympathetic bishop who stated that "Much is done in Christendom of which Christ would be incapable," and reveals that the actions of the priest in France were all against explicit orders.
* CurbStompBattle: The battle of Hattin pitts the army of Jerusalem against the Saracens. The Christian troops are force-marched by Guy de Lusignan in the scorching desert away from water for several days to fight the Saracens. Saladin's army rolls right over them with barely any losses while on their way to retake Jerusalem.
* DespairEventHorizon: Balian is in this at the beginning, due to the death of his wife and stillborn child. By the end of the film, however, things look much brighter for him.
* DoingInTheWizard: Balian demonstrates how easy it is to accidentally set off a Creosote Bush so that it burns for a long time without being consumed, thus giving a natural explanation for Moses' burning bush. Ironically, this is the same scene which heavily implies that the man he's speaking to is an AngelUnaware.
%%* DramaticUnmask: When Sibylla takes off her brother's mask [[spoiler:after he dies]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Balian's wife hung herself out of grief at their child being stillborn.
* DropTheHammer: The English Sergeant uses a warhammer as his main weapon.
* DualWielding: Godfrey’s companion Odo uses a sword in one hand and an axe in the other.
* DueToTheDead: Balian's wife is denied Christian burial as a suicide. She's buried at the crossroads and beheaded. TruthInTelevision for the time. However, the priest really shouldn't have [[BerserkButton rubbed this in his face]].
* DullSurprise: Orlando Bloom as Balian. Even when murdering a priest (''who also happens to be his own brother'') in the heat of the moment, his facial expression is best described as "mild curiosity". It works, however, since Balian was so beaten down at that point that he just didn't give a damn anymore.
* EastwardEndeavor: Balian travels from France to Jerusalem to get absolution from his sins. His father Godfrey joins him and [[spoiler:although he dies before reaching Jerusalem]], the time he spent with Balian on their journey gives him catharsis.
* EntitledBastard: Reynald de Chatillon genuinely thinks he is free from any consequences of his raiding and warmongering by virtue of his title alone. He even stands tall, looking smug and cheerful while at the complete mercy of Saladin, whose sister Reynald himself had brutally raped and murdered.
* EpicMovie: Cast of thousands, enormous siege, Crusader epic...and to top it all off, the Director's cut has an Overture and Intermission!
* EvilRedhead: Reynald de Chatillon is the only redheaded character and a thoroughly despicable man who loves rape and slaughter.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: After all the cruelty Reynald inflicts upon the Saracens (including the rape and murder of Saladin's sister), he is finally captured after the battle of Hattin and stands smugly before the Saracen king with no sign of remorse or humility. Saladin whips out a dagger and slashes open Reynald's throat, before grabbing a scimitar and cutting his head off completely while his men hold Reynald down.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Balian and his men were fully prepared to do this during the initial Saracen attack on the civilians at Kerak, and later during the siege of Jerusalem.
* TheFaceless: A good guy, King Baldwin IV of 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.
* FatBastard: Reynald is an utter {{Jerkass}} and also happens to be one of the only overweight characters. Given the way he wolfs down a roast chicken offered by Guy after being starved in a prison cell, he is probably a BigEater too, having lived in luxury at Kerak, compared with all the other knights, good and bad, who are lean and mean.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Reynald de Chatillion (the leader of the Templars) is always polite, even with a bloody sword in his hand, which doesn't keep him from being both a JerkAss and TheFundamentalist.
* FeelNoPain: King Baldwin IV notes to Balian, in the former's introduction scene, that the fact that he demonstrated this as a child was the first sign that he had leprosy. [[spoiler:This tragically happens with his nephew (Director's Cut only) as well, for the same reasons.]]
* FisherKing: Baldwin IV. The kingdom of Jerusalem did not outlast his death, although this is due to the ineptitude of his successor, Guy de Lusignan, who [[BullyingADragon provokes war with the Saracens]] and [[GeneralFailure couldn't effectively direct Jerusalem's army if his life depended on it.]]
%%* FreakierThanFiction: Reynald de Chatillon's barbarism and exploits were actually ''toned down'' for the movie.
* FriendlyEnemy: Baldwin and Saladin are the most obvious, though Balian and Imad eventually grow into this.
* TheFundamentalist: The Templars and the Patriarch (until he loses his nerve) on the Crusader side, the unnamed mullah advising Saladin on the Muslim side.
* GeneralFailure: Guy de Lusignan is a skilled swordsman, competent in battle and probably has some knowledge of tactics. But when he is given command of an entire army, his only strategy is to force march his troops for days away from water in the scorching desert in order to AttackAttackAttack the Saracen forces. Predictably, his army is utterly wiped out in the first battle.
%%* GodInHumanForm: WordOfGod (in the screenwriter's commentary) identifies the Hospitaller as this, during the "burning bush" scene.
%%* GorgeousPeriodDress: As indicated by the box art.
%%* GrapesOfLuxury: With pomegranate seeds.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Reynald bisects a Saracen when he attacks the caravan.
* HeirInLaw: In a variant, Guy, Baldwin's brother-in-law, succeeds him as King of Jerusalem.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: {{Subverted}} with Balian, Godfrey and the Hospitaller who do wear helmets, but not ones that cover their faces. {{Inverted}} with Reynald and Guy; Reynald wears a helmet that leaves his face exposed and Guy wears no helmet at all in battle. {{Played straight}} when Balian is attacked by knights late in the film who are sent by Guy to assassinate him and they have full face-covering helmets.
* HeroicBastard: Balian, in contrast with the real man being somewhat less heroic, plus legitimate and a nobleman.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Godfrey went from being a minor French lord to a Baron in the Holy Land, gathering such a reputation that his son's mere existence merits an audience with kings. He also somehow gathers a [[BadassCrew party]] including a [[TheBigGuy towering German]], a [[BadassPreacher Hospitaller Knight]], an English soldier, and a ''Moor''. All we ever hear of how he achieved this is that he almost killed Saladin in Damascus, and that he "once fought two days with an arrow through [his] testicle".
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade:
** Balian, as the movie's main character, was made to give the film's [[AnAesop aesop]] right before the final battle, which was basically, "Jerusalem belongs to ''everyone!'' Why can't we all just get along?" Needless to say this was put on for modern audiences, and nobody, on either side, would've been caught dead saying anything like that during the actual crusades. Even in the film the Patriarch is scandalized and says it's blasphemy, though no one else objects, quickly hushing him.
** Also, like most of the other characters, the historical Balian of Ibelin wasn't above political maneuvering for power (also, he wasn't a bastard boy whose father happened to be important, but rather a prominent nobleman of the time and part of one of the most important families ''in'' the Kingdom of Jerusalem). That said, Balian and the Ibelins ''were'' one of the more moderate factions in the Kingdom, and along with Saladin and Patriarch Heraclius used a sizable amount of his personal fortune to pay the ransom for many of the citizens of Jerusalem after surrendering it to Saladin. Balian would also go on to mediate the peace accord between Richard and Saladin to end the Third Crusade.
** The historical Sybilla was actually part of the ''extremist'' camp within the ''Haute Cour'', while the film places her squarely on the moderate side. The moderates, such as the Ibelins, attempted to blunt the ambitions of Lusignan and his supporters by refusing to allow her to take the throne after the death of her son (Baldwin V) unless she first divorced him. As a concession they allowed her to marry any man of her choosing afterwards, but unfortunately neglected to add "Except Lusignan," who she then turned around and picked as her consort. Not because she was in desperate need of his military support as the film depicts, but entirely because of her devotion to him, and because she sided with him and the other extremists politically.
** Saladin himself is another example. The film depicts him allowing all of Jerusalem's Christians to leave with their lives after Balian has threatened to destroy all of the holy places in Jerusalem. In reality, he only allowed the nobles to leave free of charge, forcing Balian to ransom the poor for 30,000 bezants. Those that Balian could not ransom were sold into slavery. To his credit however, Saladin freed all of the elderly, and his brother freed another 3000 people. There's also the fact that he had all of the Templars taken prisoner at Hattin beheaded in cold blood after the battle.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade:
** 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, whereas 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.
** In the movie, Guy de Lusignan is an utter bastard who would do anything for power and who thought the idea of a WarForFunAndProfit [[AxCrazy was a great idea]]. Historically, while he may have been ambitious, he was no more so than the next noble, and his decision to go to war was less a matter of {{Ax Craz|y}}iness and more a matter of "Saladin's already attacking, we need to do something about it." While he was a bad king, it was not because he was nuts and evil, but because he was incompetent: he could listen to reason, and he even did so when Tiberius cautioned him to stay near a source of water and let Saladin come to him, but he allowed himself to be swayed by the over-zealous elements among the nobles and made the decision to march across the desert, exhausting his army and causing its downfall. He was also much better to his wife than in the film: historically, he treated her well enough that when she was given the chance to keep the throne ''and'' choose any husband for herself and make him King, she went right back to Guy.
** UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar were not any worse than any of the other soldiers that fought in the crusades, quite the opposite. They were admired (and later, during their persecution in Europe, blamed) for being tolerant of Muslims and cultivating relationships with the Arab world, yet the film goes to a few lengths to demonize them.
%%** {{Inverted}}, surprisingly. As mentioned above, Reynald's atrocities were toned down in the film, or at the very least, censored.
* HoldTheLine: Balian leads his cavalry against the Saracen vanguard at Kerak to allow the villagers time to get inside the castle walls.
* HolyCity: '''The''' Holy City, UsefulNotes/{{Jerusalem}}, is the setting for much of the film, and the entire point of the plot is that different religions go to war with each other over it. The downer closing credits remind us that that was not only happening in the 1100's, but still today.
* HollywoodTactics: Deconstructed -- characters that advocate a simple outlook on battle are criticized and easily defeated:
** Saladin refutes in detail one of his advisers who questions why he withdrew from a battle where he had superior numbers, but a weak position.
** Guy's forces depart against Balian's advice to not go to war away from water. ''Immediately'' afterwards, they start to slump down and die of thirst. [[TruthInTelevision Which is basically what happened historically with a forced march during the day in armor with a battle at the end of it]].
* HonorBeforeReason:
** The Hospitaller's explanation for his going to battle. "You go to certain death!" - "All death is certain."
** Balian gave up a chance to marry his love interest, become leader of the army, and so in effect defeat the evil Guy de Lusignan and stop the war from occurring. However since the only way to bring this about would be a coup that's just "not honorable" according to Balian's limited world view, he doesn't take the offer and so the rest of the movie is constant warfare bringing about the suffering of everybody. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job]].
** The expectation of nobles is that you go all out to brutally kill each other, dirty fighting and ambushing included, right until someone is captured, at which point they get hospitality and ransom. Godfrey of Ibelin and Saladin [[TemptingFate have their limits with this.]]
** What little bit of honor Guy possesses compels him to [[spoiler:challenge Balian to a revenge duel instead of literally backstabbing him.]]
* IAmTheNoun: Used by King Baldwin as a PreAssKickingOneLiner:
-->'''King Baldwin:''' I am Jerusalem. ''(removes gauntlet and extends his leprous hand)'' And you, Reynald, will give me the kiss of peace.
** The same line is later used as an IronicEcho by Guy after he becomes king. Though Baldwin was able to use it and make himself sound like a badass, with Guy it reflects his deteriorating mental state.
*** When Guy is whipping up the army to go fight Saladin, he starts to say a variation on this as well, only to finish in a ''very'' subdued and taken aback tone when he sees Balian, who he had tried to have assassinated, walking towards him.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Tiberias puts it very eloquently towards the bloodthirsty Guy de Lusignan.
-->'''Tiberias''': That I would rather live with men than kill them is ''certainly'' why ''you'' are alive.
* IllBoy: King Baldwin, whose face is disfigured due to leprosy and has been since childhood. [[spoiler:His nephew, as well]].
* ImplausibleDeniability: Reynald flatly denies his own warmongering, despite it being common knowledge that he is responsible.
-->'''Reynald''': [[WhoDares Who says I raid!?]]
-->'''Tiberias''': That witness, all of Jerusalem, Holy God, and me.
-->'''Reynald''': That "witness", if you call him that, is a Saracen! He lies!
--> '''Tiberias''': There will come a time, Reynald when you will ''not'' be protected by your title!
--> '''Reynald''': Oh? When will that be? Alert me, Tiberias, when men are equal and [[ThePromisedLand the kingdom of heaven has arrived.]]
--> '''Tiberias''': Those Templars have been hung for a raid that I ''know'' you commanded!
-->'''Reynald''': Prove it. I will wait at Kerak until you do.
--> '''Tiberias''': The king will take your castle of Kerak, Reynald.
-->'''Reynald''': [[BringIt Try to take it, Tiberias. I'll be there.]]
* InstantExpert: Balian is somehow a master of commanding troops in defense against siege warfare, despite never having any formal training in how to do so.
** 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.
* IOweYouMyLife: At their first hostile encounter in the desert, Balian kills Imad's servant and has Imad at his mercy but spares his life. Imad notes to Balian that this ''could'' justify Imad being Balian's servant, but Balian does not accept it.
** Imad later returns the favor.
* IronicEcho: "God wills it!" Used by both Christians and Muslims to justify their actions.
* ItIsDehumanizing: When Guy de Lusignan sees Balian sitting at dinner with other noted officials like Sibylla and Tiberias, he refers to Balian as “this”.
* ItsUpToYou: There are only three knights left in the city, hence it falls to Balian to organize the defense of Jerusalem.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** The Priest at the beginning, who steals money meant for Balian, has his wife's corpse mutilated against the Bishop's orders, and then taunts Balian into killing him.
** Aside from being a bloodthirsty fundamentalist who loves mass slaughter, Guy de Lusignan is an unpleasant man who refuses to be in the same room as those who disagree with him.
%%* JerkJustifications: Reynald de Chatilllon has the Type 3 mentality. Guy de Lusignan is Type 2. %% "Type X" is Zero Context.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: In the extended cut, [[spoiler: Sibylla kills her son after discovering that he suffers from leprosy.]].
* {{Knighting}}: When the bishop complains that there are no knights in Jerusalem to defend the city, Balian knights every soldier in the city. This is loosely based on the fact that Balian speed-knighted select citizens of Jerusalem.
%%* KnightInShiningArmor: Balian and his crew.
%%-->''"These people are defenseless..." "We cannot attack that and live." "Are you with me?"''
%%-->'''Tiberias:''' I pray that the world and Jerusalem can accomodate such a rarity as a perfect knight.
* KnightInSourArmor: 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]].
%%* KnightTemplar: Reynald, Guy, and company.
* LargeHam: Brendan Gleeson has quite a few hammy moments of his own as Reynald. Especially the scene [[spoiler:of him marching around his prison cell screaming his name at the top of his lungs]]. Marton Csokas, who played Guy de Lusignan, also seems to revel in his character's evilness.
%%** Creator/JeremyIrons is in it, so yeah.
* 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.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Godfrey reveals himself to be Balian's father.
%%* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicFeather: The mass knighting. There is subtle screen evidence of this. Once Balian declares the men at arms to be knights, they all stand up a little straighter, raise their heads a little higher. It goes unsaid, but what Balian does is give them ''pride'' in themselves for the coming battle: they have something to fight for, other than fighting for someone else's reason.
-->'''Patriarch:''' Will you alter the world!? Does... making a man a knight... make him a better fighter?
-->'''Balian:''' Yes.
%%* ManInWhite: King Baldwin.
* MeaningfulEcho: Godfrey's knighting speech to Balian, and "Your quality will be known among your enemies, before ever you meet them." Also, Balian quotes back King Baldwin's chess speech.
* MercyKill: In the director's cut, [[spoiler:Sybilla chooses to euthanize her son, as he has just been diagnosed with leprosy.]]
* MightyWhitey: The scene where Balian, fresh from Europe, has to teach a bunch of lifelong desert-dwellers how to dig a well. The scene could also be read as him upgrading an existing system with his engineering skills, the only dialog is that they need more water.
* ModestRoyalty: Unlike his generals, Saladin usually wears fully black robes as his garb of choice with no finery whatsoever. He only dons his very impressive battle armor when battle actually commences.
* 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 [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Will Turner.]]
* MysteriousVeil: Sybilla adopts the local custom of wearing a veil—sometimes translucent, sometimes opaque—on the first two occasions when she rides out to meet with Balian.
* NecessarilyEvil: Reynald seems to think of himself this way. "I am what I am. Someone has to be."
* 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 primarily as a love story, rather than one of political, religious and military intrigue.
%%* NightmareFace: The King of Jerusalem, with his [[CoolMask mask]] off.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Balian is a skilled blacksmith, siege engineer and silversmith, and also an experienced soldier.
* NobleDemon: Though it's indicated that Saladin and company endlessly look for a justification to attack Jerusalem, still, he draws the line at drawing first blood--and always tries his best to spare civilians.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: King Baldwin IV gives one of these to Reynald. Due to his leprosy, it winds up overexerting him and he collapses.
* NoNameGiven: The [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsHospitallers Hospitaller]]. The Patriarch of Jerusalem is also not named in the film.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hattin The Battle of Hattin]] is one of the most dramatic and often-studied battles of the Crusades (far more than the siege of Jerusalem), but all we see is the aftermath.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Reynald gets decapitated by Saladin]].
* OffingTheOffspring: A MercyKill variant: [[spoiler: Sibylla]] poisons [[spoiler:her son]] to spare him the [[spoiler:pain of leprosy.]]
* OhNoNotAgain: {{Implied}} when Godfrey says he once fought for three days with an arrow through his testicle. The Hospitaller rolls his eyes, indicating he has heard Godfrey tell that story before more than once.
%%* OneWomanWail: Although the CherubicChoir is more prominent.
* PetTheDog: After Baldwin IV and Saladin come to terms, with the latter agreeing to withdraw his forces back across the Jordan and the former assuring him that Raynauld of Châtillon will be punished for his [[RapePillageAndBurn unauthorized raiding,]] Saladin promises to send Baldwin his physicians since he can tell making the journey with his army all the way out there to meet with him more than took it out of the guy.
* PiratesWhoDontDoAnything: The crusader armies during the truce.
-->'''Hospitaller:''' These men are [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar Templars]]... They killed Arabs.
-->'''Balian:''' So they are being executed for what the Pope would have them do?
-->'''Hospitaller:''' But not Christ, I think... [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Or this king]].
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Salah-ad-Din's popularity was renewed through boomerang association from Western media and film, since Saladin was more famous in Europe for centuries than he was at home. Now, all sorts of people view him as an archetypal Muslim leader.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Despite it being a normal and unremarkable practice at the time, there are no slaves in the movie. Their existence is only mentioned once, when Balian declines to make a slave of a captive Imad. Even in major battles captives are killed or ransomed rather than enslaved, and nobody mentions it as a possible fate for Jerusalem's civilians. The religious tolerance Balian invokes in his speech before the battle also is far beyond what occurred at the time (and the real Balian believed in).
* PowerWalk: 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.
* PretextForWar: Saladin reveals in his private moments that he has to find one soon or he might be deposed by the Saracen princes who gave him his authority. Imad, his second in command, reassures him that the Christians will lose all restraint against raiding Muslim civilians once Baldwin is dead, and will give them the pretext they need.
%%* TheProudElite: Guy de Lusignan and Reynald de Chatillon, with a dash of {{jerkass}}.
* RageBreakingPoint: It's not actually rage, but more sadness. Balian's wife committed suicide after the death of their child during his birth, much to Balian's dismay. After her funeral, Balian's brother, who is a priest, comes up to him, tells him that he took the golden cross necklace from her body, and says that she's burning in Hell for committing suicide. Balian's sadness immediately turns to rage, and he stabs him with the red-hot sword he was forging, then dumps him into the fire, after which he burns to death.
* RapeDiscretionShot: When Reynald approaches Saladin's sister, she tells him who she is, and he 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 woman moments before, and we hear afterwards that Saladin's sister is dead, we are led to believe that Reynald murdered and possibly raped her.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: While the real Balian, unsurprisingly, was not an upwardly-mobile blacksmith, this trope certainly applies by the sheer number of critics of the film who thought the ''whole'' tale was made up, and that the various characters did not exist! [[note]]They do, however, turn out to be the usual [[AristocratsAreEvil wealthy and conniving nobles]], just like every other named figure who has survived mention from that era.[[/note]] In fact, others have criticized the movie for not telling the real life version of events on the grounds that it is ''more'' interesting, unusual and dramatic than the plot we see in the film. The movie makes no mention or use of, for example, Reynald commanding a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot fleet of pirate ships]] that threatened to burn Mecca; or the prior relationship between Balian and Saladin when Balian was captured in the Battle of Hattin and then released on condition he would promise not to defend Jerusalem; but, upon seeing how how defenseless the city was, Balian sent a letter to Saladin and asked him to relieve him of his promise, to which Saladin complied.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Baldwin IV, Tiberias and Saladin, who worked desperately to maintain the fragile peace. The Bishop in Balian's hometown seen in the Director's Cut would count as 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).
%%* ReCut: The Director's Cut is much longer.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Balian's initial response to Godfey's offer to go with him to Jerusalem.
* TheResenter: Balian's brother and priest at the beginning of the film. He resents the fact that Balian is not only well-liked by the local Bishop, but is also noble and kind-hearted while the brother is a selfish simpering toadie. He steals money meant for Balian, condemns his late wife to hell and steals her crucifix, and tries to get Balian to leave the town to go on the crusade so that he can finally be rid of him, but is stabbed and burned to death for his cruelty instead.
* RousingSpeech: Balian's speech at the mass-knighting bolsters the courage of the defenders of Jerusalem. Before the knighting, the defenders of the wall (who are mostly peasant levies, with only a handful of men-at-arms and only three actual knights) look scared.
-->'''The Patriarch of Jerusalem:''' (almost crying) "Who do you think you are? Will you alter the world? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?"
-->(Balian looks around into the eyes of the newly made knights, all of whom are blazing with new confidence)
-->'''Balian of Ibelin:''' "Yes."
* SacredHospitality: Saladin offers ice water to Guy as a gesture symbolizing that he is being placed under his protection and will not be killed. However Guy then passes the cup to Reynald, who guzzles it. Saladin pointedly says, "I did not give the cup to you," and after a pause kills him.
* SacrificialLion: Godfrey and his band of crusaders. They nearly all die to his nephew's goons in order to establish that this an age in history where [[AnyoneCanDie life is cheap]] and the world is ruled mostly by men who are corrupt and will gleefully kill their own brothers for power.
%%* SaveTheVillain: Balian's attitude toward Guy. Also [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in that it leads to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero pretty much every bad thing that happens in the last third of the movie]].
* SceneryPorn: Creator/RidleyScott had an admitted fetish for fluttering flags in this film. Thousands of them.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Reynald de Chatillon and Guy de Lusignan think they're utterly above accountability for their horrible acts because they're men of noble birth who possess wealth and power.
--> '''Tiberias''': [[{{Foreshadowing}} There will come a time, Reynald, when you will ''not'' be protected by your title!]]
--> '''Reynald''': Oh? When will that be? Alert me, Tiberias, when men are equal and [[ThePromisedLand the kingdom of heaven has arrived.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Tiberias and his knights retire to Cyprus after Guy's forces get annihilated.
* SecondLove: Sibylla becomes this to Balian.
* ShieldsAreUseless: When [[spoiler: the walls of Jerusalem are breached]], Balian casts aside his shield and charges in.
* TheSiege: The climax of the movie, the siege of Jerusalem.
* SilenceYouFool: Tiberias, to a large crowd of Templars and his fellow Knights arguing.
--> '''Tiberias''': '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AXe5lh0RPw SILEEEENCEEEEEEEEE!]]'''
%%* SmugSnake: Guy de Luisignan.
* TheSociopath: Reynald slaughters innocent Muslim caravans with vigor, like it was part of his daily routine.
* SoProudOfYou: Godfrey to his extramarital son Balian. In his last confession, he says he is sorry for all of his sins but one, looking at him.
%%* StandardizedLeader: Balian at least comes close to this.
* StealthHiBye: The Hospitaller pulls one off in the middle of the 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.
* StockScream: You can hear a Wilhelm scream during the siege when one of the attackers falls from a siege tower.
* SuicidalOverConfidence: Guy de Lusignan and the rest of the Templars are certain they will claim victory in a war with the Saracens, by virtue of being a Christian army. They don't even bother with "trivialities" like tactics or basic logistics.
** In an earlier secene, those same Templars actually imply that Tiberias is a blasphemer simply for suggesting that they should avoid war because victory is not guaranteed. (Fortunately for everyone in the army, at this point Baldwin is still alive and he agrees with Tiberias.)
* TheStoic: The nicer interpretation of Orlando Bloom's performance as Balian.
* SymbolicBlood: At one point during the climactic siege, shots of Balian hacking and slicing atop the walls are intercut with shots of oil being tossed onto the attackers.
* TooDumbToLive:
** When Guy becomes king of Jerusalem, he rides out with the entire army to meet Saladin on a forced march away from water and the entire Christian army is on its last legs by the time they arrive to do battle, with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hattin historically accurate results.]]
** 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 fiery forge.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[DeathByOriginStory Balian's wife]] and King [[IronWoobie Baldwin]].
* TranslationConvention: Most of the European characters should be speaking French, and the Muslims Arabic.
* TwentyFourHourArmor:
** Knights variously treat their armor as normal streetwear, business suit, or evening attire. Tiberias even wears it during office hours.
** Averted with Balian and the Saracen generals Saladin and Imad, who are only seen wearing full armor when they're ready to do serious battle.
%%* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Guy de Lusignan becomes king of Jerusalem via his wife Sibylla, sister of King Baldwin, after Baldwin's death.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Before leaving for Cyprus after the battle of Hattin, Tiberias laments that the real reason the Christians came to the holy land was for land and wealth.
%%* WarriorPoet: Saladin.
* WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain: When King Richard offers to recruit Balian for the next crusade, Balian politely turns him down with "I am the blacksmith." Richard accepts this.
%%* WhatTheHellHero: Tiberias and Sybilla both dress down Balian for letting tens of thousands die pointlessly to avoid the death of one personal enemy.
* TheWisePrince: King Baldwin IV.
-->'''Baldwin:''' When I was sixteen I won a great victory. I felt in that moment I would live to be a hundred. Now I know I shall not see thirty. None of us know our end really... A King may move a man... but remember that [[OurSoulsAreDifferent your soul]] is in your keeping alone. Even though those who move you be kings or men of power... When you stand before God, you cannot say "but I was told by ''others'' to do thus" or that "virtue was not convenient at the time." This will not suffice.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Queen Sybilla.
-->'''Sybilla:''' A woman in my place has two faces, one for the world and one which she wears in private. With you I'll be only Sybilla. Tiberias thinks me unpredictable; I am unpredictable.
* WorthyOpponent:
** Saladin, and Imad ad-Din with him. Saladin and Baldwin share a great deal of mutual respect and speak to each other almost as if they were [[FriendlyEnemy friends]], if it were not for them being on opposing sides.
** Balian is this to the Saracens, after he defeats one of their great warriors in a dispute and releases Imad from bondage, not knowing he is a Saracen noble. Upon seeing Balian up on the Jerusalem wall, refusing to back down amid impossible odds, Saladin can't help but smile in admiration.
* YourCheatingHeart: Sybilla has sex with Balian, though she's married to Guy. This falls under [[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery good adultery]] since he's an evil schemer who only appears to see her as a tool for more power.
* YourMom:
-->'''Guy:''' If I had fought you when you were still capable of making bastards...\\
'''Godfrey:''' I [[GetTheeToANunnery knew]] your mother when she was making hers. Fortunately you're too old to be one of mine.
%%* YouSeeImDying: King Baldwin, due to his advanced leprosy.