Kingdom of Heaven

Theatrical Release: May 6, 2005
Kingdom of Heaven


Kingdom of Heaven is a fictionalized epic adventure about the 12th century Crusades. The story follows a troubled blacksmith named Balien (Orlando Bloom) who seeks forgiveness and redemption in the holy city of Jerusalem. After inheriting a noble title in the Holy Land, Balien finds himself thrust into the raging political and religious conflicts over the city of Jerusalem. The dying King Baldwin (Edward Norton) attempts to maintain a tenuous peace with the Muslim warlord, Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). Other nobles led by the apparent heir to the throne, Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas), believe that it is the Christian’s duty to rid the Holy Land of the Muslim infidels. Siding with the frail king, Balien must choose whether to do “a little evil” by plotting against Lusignan so as to become the next king himself or to serve Lusignan with a clear conscience and defend Jerusalem at war. Also starring Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons.

Dove Review

Director Sir Ridley Scott (Blackhawk Down, Gladiator, Hannibal) really knows how to make an epic film. Just like he did with Gladiator, Scott creates a film where one man becomes a hero due to his own inner strength, character, and circumstances. Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Blackhawk Down, Troy, and Pirates of the Caribbean) plays Balien, the lead character in “Kingdom Of Heaven.” He does a wonderful job and I’m sure he will receive critical acclaim for his skillful acting. The film draws you in from the beginning when Balien is paid a visit from the father he never knew. His father, Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), invites Balien to come with him to Jerusalem to protect the king. Balien refuses but circumstances and his desire to be cleansed of his sins prompt him to fulfill his destiny in Jerusalem. Just like in Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven is filled with brutally graphic battle scenes. For this reason Dove cannot award the film the Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Princess commits adultery with knight
Language: b_stard - 3
Violence: Film is filled with graphic violence. Multiple stabbings with blood spraying all over. People shot with arrows; Three men hanged; heads chopped off and stuck on a pole; Man kills man with sword and then throws him on a fire, man shown burning; There are many battles with graphic visuals of people dying or dead already; bodies burned.
Drugs: Man drinks wine
Nudity: Brief glimpse of man and women in bed together having sex, not much shown.
Other: Religious faiths shown in positive light. Personal faith runs deep with most characters in the film.


Company: Fox
Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 145 min.
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis
Reviewer: Dave Lukens