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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)

Arn: Tempelriddaren (original title)
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Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.


Peter Flinth


Jan Guillou (novels), Hans Gunnarsson (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joakim Nätterqvist ... Arn Magnusson
Sofia Helin ... Cecilia Algotsdotter
Stellan Skarsgård ... Birger Brosa
Michael Nyqvist ... Magnus Folkesson
Mirja Turestedt Mirja Turestedt ... Fru Sigrid
Morgan Alling ... Eskil Magnusson
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Biskop Bengt (as Sven Bertil Taube)
Bibi Andersson ... Moder Rikissa
Fanny Risberg ... Cecilia Blanka
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Knut
Simon Callow ... Fader Henry
Vincent Perez ... Broder Guilbert
Julia Dufvenius ... Helena
Svante Martin Svante Martin ... Karl Sverkersson
Jørgen Langhelle ... Erik Jedvardsson
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Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.

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A Knight in the Holy Land. A Woman in the Frozen North. A War that Kept Them Apart. See more »


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There is at least seven languages spoken in the movie. Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, English, French, Arabic and Latin. See more »


Erik Jedvardsson was not killed in Västragötaland by Karl Sverkersson, but killed by a danish prince called Magnus Henriksson in Uppsala. Karl Sverkersson only assumed power after leading a revolt against the universally condemned Magnus Henriksson. Some historians theorize that Karl Sverkersson was part of the conspiracy to assassinate Erik, but this has not been proven. Later medieval sources also claims Magnus Henriksson has assassinated Karl Sverkersson's father. See more »


Arn Magnusson: One time in the church I asked Brother Guilbert if it's a sin to hold a horse as dear as I hold Chamsiin.
Cecilia Algotsdotter: What did he say?
Arn Magnusson: He said that ''those who don't understand that horses have souls like us, they don't understand much.''
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End Song
Composed by Anders Glenmark and Niklas Strömstedt
Performed by Marie Fredriksson
Produced by Anders Glenmark
Arranged by Anders Glenmark
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Historic events with impressive battles , a sensitive love story and spectacular scenarios
7 December 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Colorful and breathtaking epic about Sweden history and Crusades in the Dark Ages based on two novels written by Jan Guillou , being Scandinavia's most expensive film production ever . The picture narrates on Crusades age and set on Sweden backdrop in 110s , the starring is Arn Magnusson (Joakin Natterqvist) son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman turned monk , being educated at a monastery under his preceptor Father Henry (Simon Callow) and is trained in the fencing art by Brother Guilbert (Vincent Perez) . Then , there happens a stormy love story between the nobleman young and a beautiful girl named Cecilia (Sofia Helin) . Meanwhile , there are violent rivaling royal clan struggles for power in Sweden , the Sverkis and the Folkes (Stellan Skarsgard and Michael Nyqvist of Milennium saga) . But Arn is sent to battle as a knight Templar to do sacrifice for the forbidden love . As he is excommunicated , banished and obligated to fight on Holy Land as knight Templar against the Saracen . While Cecilia is sent into a convent ruled by a rigid Superior Mother (Bibi Andersson) . Arn goes to Orient land and there he manages to save Saladin who is battling King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem . Arm 'll confront Templars knights enemies as well as Muslims .

The movie developed in the third Crusade and being based on epic events and historic characters , thus it appears Saladin -played by Soman- who created the dynasty Ayyubida and vanquished Crusaders in Alepo and Hattin battles and reconquers Jerusalem (1187) that had previously been won by Geoffrey Boullon in the first Crusade , also appears the Great Master Templar -well played by the British Steven Waddington- who asks help Arn for the third Crusade and defeat Saladin . This is a lavish European co-production between various countries as Sweden|UK|Denmark|Norway|Finland and Germany . It's Sweden's most expensive film production ever made . The executive producer Johan Mardell and director Peter Flinth confirmed that the movie ran over budget during production . However , Swedish Public Service withdrew support from the project only months before its release, citing lack of quality and unsatisfying amount of material as main reasons, then the studio instead claimed the disagreement was due to budget concerns . In the motion picture there are historical deeds ,overwhelming battles , gorgeous landscapes and gorgeous scenarios . Production design is magnificent , as the forts , convents , the striking outdoors and the impressive Jerusalem city. The battles are very well staged with thousands people and others by means of computer generator special effects . It's spectacularly filmed on location in Dunfermline, Fife, Lothian, Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK , Erfoud, Morocco , Lidköping , Västra Götalands län, Sweden (Arnäs buildings),Trollhättan, Sweden . Evocative and glimmer cinematography is spellbound and evocative musical score with some oriental sounds during Jerusalen scenes . Rating : 6 , Acceptable and passable historical film .

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Swedish | English | Arabic | French | Latin

Release Date:

17 December 2007 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Arn - Tempelridderen See more »

Filming Locations:

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK See more »


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EUR25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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