Kingdom of Heaven

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Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 film about Balian of Ibelin who travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Directed by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan.

Godfrey of Ibelin

  • You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.
  • I once fought two days with an arrow through my testicle.
  • A new world. A better world. A kingdom of conscience...a kingdom of heaven.
  • Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong; that is your oath. [Slaps Balian] And that is so you remember it. Rise a knight, and Baron of Ibelin.
  • Jerusalem is easy to find, go to where the men speak Italian, then continue until they speak something else.

Balian of Ibelin

  • What man is a man who does not make the world better? (From the Latin Inscription: Nemo vir est qui mundum non reddat meliorem)
  • A queen never walks. And yet you are walking.
  • How can you be in hell, when you are in my heart?
  • If we do not burn these bodies, we will all be dead of disease in three days. God will understand, my lord. And if he doesn't, then he is not God and we need not worry.
  • [a single horseman is seen in the distance standing on top of a hill] They are here.
  • [to a Templar knight trying to kill him as they prepare to fight one another.] Is this why you came to the Holy Land? Come on!


  • If the ribs are broken, the marrow will enter the blood and you will develop fever and die or a cyst will form and you will live. You're in God's hands now.
  • Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves.
  • [to Balian] You sail now for Jerusalem as your father wished. If God has purpose for you there, he'll keep you safe in his hands. [pauses] If not, God bless.
  • [to Balian] I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I've seen too much religion in the eyes of murders. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here (points to Balian's head) and here (points to Balian's heart) and what you decide to do every day will make you a good man...or not.

King Baldwin IV

Come forward. I am glad to meet Godfrey's son. He was one of my greatest teachers. He was there when, playing with the other boys, my arm was cut. And it was he, not my father's physicians who noticed that I felt no pain. He wept when he gave my father the news, that I am a leper. The Saracens say that this disease is God's vengeance against the vanity of our kingdom. As wretched as I am, these Arabs believe that the chastisement that awaits me in hell is far more severe and lasting. If that's true, I call it unfair. Come. Sit. Do you play? 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. When I was sixteen I won a great victory. I felt in that moment that I should live to be one hundred, now I know I shall not see thirty. None of us know our end really, or what hand will guide us there. A king may move a man, a father may claim a son. That man can also move himself. And only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played, or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone. Even though those who presumed pray you 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. Remember that.


  • Reynald: [after raiding a peaceful caravan] I am what I am. Someone has to be.
  • Reynald: [to Guy] If the war's to be now or later, I would have it now.
  • Tiberias: [to Balian] You're your father's son. He was my friend. I'm yours.
  • Tiberias: [to Balian] May God be with you, he's no longer with me.
  • Sybilla: There'll be a day when you will wish you had done a little evil to do a greater good.
  • Sybilla: Jerusalem is dead Tiberias. No kingdom is worth my son alive in hell. I shall go to hell instead.
  • Sybilla: [to Tiberias] How long before he wears a mask? Will you have one made for him? How did my boy deserve it?
  • Balian: [to Sybilla, after surrendering Jerusalem] Your brother's kingdom is here - (points to the mind) - and here - (points to the heart) - and that kingdom can never be surrendered.


Balian of Ibelin: What could a king ask of a man like me?
Godfrey of Ibelin: A new world. A better world than has ever been seen. There, you are not what you are born but what you have it in yourself to be. A kingdom of conscience, of peace instead of war, love instead of hate. That is what lies in the end of a crusade. A kingdom of heaven.

Guy de Lusignan: If I had fought you when you were still capable of making bastards...
Godfrey of Ibelin: I knew your mother when she was making hers. Fortunately you're too old to be one of mine.

Tiberias: That I would rather live among men than kill them is certainly why you are still alive.
Guy de Lusignan: [Chuckles] That sort of Christianity has its uses, I suppose...

Hospitaller: Are you sorry for your sins?
Godfrey of Ibelin: [Looking at Balian, his illegitimate son] All but one.

Hospitaller: So how find you Jerusalem?
Balian of Ibelin: God does not speak to me. Not even on the hill where Christ died. I am outside God's grace.
Hospitaller: I have not heard that.
Balian of Ibelin: At any rate, it seems I have lost my religion.
Hospitaller: I put no stock in Religion. By the word of religion, I've seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the "Will of God". Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness - what God desires - [pointing at his head then heart] is here and here. By what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man [smiles] or not.

Sybilla: [walking] Do you fear being with me?
Balian of Ibelin: No. [stops] And yes.
Sybilla: [laughs] 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. [hears a noise and turns her head. A servant hides behind a wall] Tiberias thinks me unpredictable. I am unpredictable.

Sybilla: Why do you think I'm here?
Balian of Ibelin: I know that Ibelin is not on the way to Cana.
Sybilla: What else do you know, my lord?
Balian of Ibelin: I know you are a princess. And I am no lord.
Sybilla: You're a knight.
Balian of Ibelin: Neither earned nor proved.

Guy de Lusignan: Give me a war.
Reynald: That is what I do.

Balian of Ibelin: What is Jerusalem worth?
Saladin: Nothing. [walks away] Everything!

Balian of Ibelin: You go to certain death.
Hospitaller: All death is certain. I will tell your father what I have seen you become.

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 of Ibelin: [pause, turn slowly to face Bishop] Yes.

Sybilla: What becomes of us?
Balian of Ibelin: The world will decide. The world always decides.

Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: Convert to Islam, repent later.
Balian of Ibelin: You have taught me a lot about religion, Your Eminence.

Balian of Ibelin: This army will be destroyed, and the city left defenseless.
Guy de Lusignan: When I wish a blacksmith to advise me in war, I will tell him.
Balian of Ibelin: Saladin wants you to come out. He is waiting for you to make that mistake.

Balian of Ibelin: [a single horsemen is seen in the distance standing on top of a hill] They are here.
Almaric: It is only one man.
Balian of Ibelin: No, they are here.
[The camera pans to reveal the whole of the Saracen army behind the hill]

Balian of Ibelin: [To the people of Jerusalem] It has fallen to us to defend Jerusalem, and we have made our preparations as well as they can be made. None of us took this city from Muslims. No Muslim of the great army now coming against us was born when this city was lost. We fight over an offence we did not give, against those who were not alive to be offended. What is Jerusalem? Your holy palaces lie over the Jewish temple that the Romans pulled down. The Muslim places of worship lie over yours. Which is more holy?
Balian of Ibelin: The wall? The Mosque? The Sepulchre? Who has claim? No-one has claim.
[raises his voice]
Balian of Ibelin: All have claim!
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: Blasphemy!
Almaric: [to the Patriarch] Be quiet.
Balian of Ibelin: We defend this city, not to protect these stones, but the people living within these walls.

Saladin:: Will you yield the city?
Balian of Ibelin:: Before I lose it, I will burn it to the ground. Your holy places - ours. Every last thing in Jerusalem that drives men mad.
Saladin:: I wonder if it would not be better if you did.

Richard Coeur de Lion: We come by this road to find Balian, who was the defender of Jerusalem.
Balian of Ibelin: I am the blacksmith.
Richard Coeur de Lion: And I am the King of England.
Balian of Ibelin: [pauses] I am the blacksmith.

King Baldwin IV: Oh. Hello.
Sibylla: [mouths hello]
King Baldwin: I was dreaming. I was back in that summer, when I defeated Saladin. Do you remember it?
Sibylla: [nods] You were a beautiful boy.
Baldwin: Yes.
Sibylla: You've always been beautiful. In every way.
King Baldwin: My beautiful sister. I've missed you. I'm sorry if I've caused you any pain. Remember me as I was.
Sibylla: I will. (leans down to kiss the brow of his mask. He dies)

Tiberias: There is a rumour. We must condemn it immediately.
Sibylla: Call it treason. And kill those who whisper it.
Tiberias: The rumour will die, if we show the boy as active.
Sibylla: [screams passionately and throws back the chair she sitting on onto the floor. Clearly very distressed] How long before he wears a mask? Will you have one made for him? How did my boy deserve it?
Tiberias: [shakes head]
Sibylla: Jerusalem is dead Tiberias. No kingdom is worth my son alive in hell. I will go to hell instead.

Sibylla: [to her son] Do you remember the story of Louan?
Baldwin V: No.
Sibylla: Do you remember why?
Baldwin V: No.
Sibylla: And he was so lonely that...he called all the gods.
Baldwin V: Why?
Sibylla: Because he was desperate. As a proof of love.
Sibylla: [singing a lullaby in what sounds like French, she uncorks a bottle and with tears in her eyes she strokes back the hair of her sleeping son to reveal his ear. She tips the liquid in the bottle into his ear, and trails off, mouthing the song. She has euthanized her son because of his affliction with his uncle's horrific disease, leprosy. We see a toy the boy was playing with being wet by the rain outside the canopy over the summerhouse, and the scene ends].


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