Corrected entry: This is a fairly common error in many historical movies, and it glaringly appears in this one as well. Why are the knights wearing armor at nearly all times? This is uncomfortable, unnecessary and in the heat of the middle east, outright dangerous. It would also shorten the life span of the armor, which was also a fairly expensive purchase. The armor should be donned before a battle or if expecting an ambush, but stored otherwise. Wearing armor while traveling through Europe is bad enough, though perhaps excusable, due to raiders, robbers and whatnot. However wearing it while at a banquet in the castle in the Holy land is absurd.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Balian of Ibelin is preparing the defense of Jerusalem and he sets white markers at a distance from the city walls, he measures this distance in meters. The meter was established in 1875 A.D, almost 700 years later.
Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, Saladin and his army arrive at Jerusalem around sunset. When night falls, they begin an offensive on the walls of Jerusalem with perhaps hundreds of trebuchets. This continues all night, and the next morning they assault the walls directly with siege towers and a ram. There are several things wrong with this set of events.Firstly, there is no way the army could have constructed so many siege towers overnight, even if they had the wood. Remember that they are situated in a barren and apparently treeless desert. Pushing the siege towers with them to Jerusalem isn't a plausible idea either, because they entered through the mountains-very unwieldy terrain to push something such as a siege tower.Secondly, if we are to assume they constructed siege towers on site, it would have taken weeks, perhaps months. There would be near-constant attacks on the walls with the trebuchets and the affected area would most likely be destroyed save the walls. This is why sieges were typically year-long affairs, and dramatic siege battles did not happen within days of the siege being laid. Also, it would not be logical or common for the besiegers to risk everything in a final struggle for a single breach in the walls. A sensible army would simply resume the bombardment and spend another few months building siege towers. The city might run out of food and starve, and the besiegers could take the city without further fighting. The developers most likely sped up the siege length for the sake of the movie, because it would be jarring to the viewer to skip forward months at a time.
Corrected entry: In the film, the dome on the Dome of the Rock is gilded with gold. However, the gold plating was not added to the shrine until the 1920s courtesy of a donation on behalf of the Turkish government.
Corrected entry: When Godfrey tells Balian how to get to Jerusalem he tells him to 'go to where the people speak Italian and keep going'. Italy and the Italian language did not exist at this time, instead people spoke various regional dialects which were formed into Italian circa the 14th Century.
Corrected entry: Far from letting the inhabitants of Jerusalem go free, Saladin actually ransomed those who could pay and enslaved the rest.
Corrected entry: Guy de Lusignan was not paraded around by Saladin on a donkey. He was treated with honour and later released.
Corrected entry: Balian was present at the Battle of Hattin, where Saladin defeated Guy, but managed to cut his way out of the encirclement and return to Jerusalem.
Corrected entry: Count Raymond of Tripoli was the actual Lord of Tiberias. He did not refuse to accompany Guy and was present at the Battle of Hattin, but managed to cut his way out and escape.
Corrected entry: Balian's father's name was actually Barisan, not Godfrey as is stated in the movie.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Orlando is on the hill top where Christ was crucified, right when he stops talking, there is a shot into the valley where you can see a car going from right to left. Look for the head lights.
Corrected entry: Just before the love scene between Balian and Sybilla, Balian is writing. In those days, a blacksmith would certainly have been illiterate.
Corrected entry: Guy de Lusignan and Reynald de Châtillon weren't Knights Templar. Moreover, the Templars weren't allowed to marry. They were a religious order and took vows of celibacy and poverty.
Corrected entry: When Balian surrenders Jerusalem and walks back to the city, the dirt on his forehead changes a little.
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