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.

He sees:

AN ORCHARD. It smokes with frost. (Perhaps there is a

particularly memorable tree). He looks then at: A prosperous,

strong, thatched farm with a workshop building (a FORGE); but

it is still. No smoke rises from the chimneys.

A grubby APPRENTICE (his job, of which he is certainly

incapable, to defend the farm in its owner’s absence) stares

out at the passing nights from behind a hedge. The HOSPITALER

looks curiously at Godfrey, who is staring towards the forge.

HOSPITALER:

You know this place, my lord?

GODFREY:

I know all of it.

He spurs on. The TRAVELLERS continue towards...

THE LOCAL CASTLE.

5.

EXT. THE CROSSROADS. CONTINUOUS

The PRIEST is staring after the knights with interest, fear,

speculation. The workmen begin to throw the body into the

finished grave.

PRIEST:

You’ve forgotten.

An AXE falls to the frozen ground. The GRAVEDIGGERS look at

each other.

GRAVEDIGGER:

She was your brother’s wife.

PRIEST:

She was a suicide. Cut off her

head.

(hurries away)

And return the axe!

The PRIEST hurries after the KNIGHTS. White ambitious face.

EXT. THE VILLAGE. LATER THAT MORNING

A cloister is being added to an existing town church. The

local BISHOP, fat, shrewd, a politician, but fundamentally a

decent man, anxiously watches the progress, the PRIEST with

hm, both clerics holding up their skirts from the mud.

BISHOP:

Your brother. You have spoken to

him?

PRIEST:

(mock-concerned)

He is insane with grief, my lord,

and still arrested.

BISHOP:

The burial was...

PRIEST:

Yes.

BISHOP:

Yet you did not mutilate the

person.

PRIEST:

(lying piously)

No.

(CONTINUED)

6.

CONTINUED:

BISHOP:

A law can go too far.

(chewing a thumbnail)

It can go too far. I ask myself

“Would Jesus do it thusly?” There

is so much done in Christendom of

which Christ would not be capable.

One day we must look into it.

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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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