Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written byWilliam Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Marton Csokas, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Ghassan Massoud, Michael Sheen, Velibor Topic and Alexander Siddig.
The story is set during the Crusades of the 12th century. A French village blacksmith goes to aid the Kingdom of Jerusalem in its defence against the Ayyubid Muslim sultan Saladin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the Christians leading to the Battle of Hattin. The film script is a heavily fictionalised portrayal of the life of Balian of Ibelin(ca. 1143–93).
Filming took place in Ouarzazate, Morocco, where Scott had previously filmed Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, and in Spain, at the Loarre Castle (Huesca), Segovia, Ávila, Palma del Río and Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla. The film received mixed reviews upon theatrical release. In December 2005, Scott released a director's cut of the film, the true version of what he wanted, which has been met with wider critical acclaim.
Many of the characters in the film are fictionalised versions of historical figures:
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
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