The Kingdom of Heaven script
Synopsis: Still in grief over his wife's sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem. After a perilous journey to the holy city, the valiant young man enters the retinue of the leprous King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), which is rife with dissent led by the treacherous Guy de Lusignan (Marton Csokas), who wishes to wage war against the Muslims for his own political and personal gain.

THE TRAVELLERS. A scowling, huge, German knight (ODO), a

worldly and scholarly HOSPITALER, and ENGLISH SERGEANT (not a

knight but mounted to fight as one despite inferior armor), a

black mercenary (FIRUZ), and two MOUNTED GENOESE CROSSBOWMEN

in leather armor. The principal of the party is GODFREY OF

IBELIN. Godfrey is what in those days might pass for a vital

sixty, battle-scarred. He wears beneath his cloak (as do his

knights) armor modified by use in the desert, padded and

quilted in the Saracen manner. GODFREY is a man riding into

his past. He seems to remember the crossroads, the

countryside-- but not with any joy. He seems a man with a

heavy obligation on his mind. He stares down at the body.

The PRIEST (standing, head bowed, with the gravediggers as

the knights pass) is in a frenzy of curiosity but does not

dare look up as GODFREY passes. THE HOOVES OF DESTRIERS,

PALFREYS, MULES, pass by the small body and the just-finished

grave. the PRIEST stays with eyes averted until the rides

(and their creaking cart) have passed.

(CONTINUED)

4.

CONTINUED:
(3)

GRAVEDIGGER:

(to the other gravedigger)

Crusaders.

(a beat)

I can smell the blood and spices.

(resentfully beginning to

dig)

I can smell the opportunity.

The second GRAVEDIGGER does not agree about “opportunity”.

Where he is now is where he will die. He digs. THE SQUIRE,

who has turned back, reins in. He tosses a coin.

SQUIRE:

For this burial, from my lord. And

a mass for the soul.

The priest bows greasily but he has other uses for the coin.

EXT. BEYOND THE CROSSROADS. CONTINUOUS

GODFREY, riding, stares around at the wintry countryside of

his youth.

His face is intelligent, lined, grave, scarred: he has seen

the world to its very end and now he has returned to where he

was born.

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William Monahan

William J. Monahan (born November 3, 1960) is an American screenwriter and novelist. His second produced screenplay was The Departed, a film that earned him a Writers Guild of America Award and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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