Kingdom of Heaven | 2005

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Main Plot

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.


  • Orlando Bloom plays Balian de Ibelin, a blacksmith who becomes a knight and defends Jerusalem during the Crusades.
  • Eva Green's character in Kingdom of Heaven is Sibylla, the wife of the leper king and love interest of Balian.
  • Liam Neeson's character in Kingdom of Heaven is named Baron Godfrey, and he plays a mentor figure to the protagonist, Balian.


In the conclusion of Kingdom of Heaven, Balian, having defended Jerusalem against the forces of Saladin, negotiates a peaceful surrender. Saladin grants safe passage to the remaining inhabitants, while Balian, with the respect of both Saladin and his own people, leaves Jerusalem to return to his homeland. As he rides away, he discovers a white horse waiting for him, symbolizing hope and redemption. The film ends with Balian and his companions riding towards a new beginning, leaving behind the ravages of war and embracing a future of peace and unity.

Ridley Scott