The Crusaders

2001, Movie, R, 199 mins

Blessed with generous production values, this imported mini-series blends historical fact about Pope Urban II's Holy War with compelling fictional back-stories.

In 1079, feudal enmity rips apart the Duchy of Taranto in Southern Italy. Pope Urban II bids Christians to stop fighting each other and rout the Saracens from the Holy Land. Lowly shepherd Andrew (Thure Riefenstein) vows to do God's Will, as does the aristocratic Richard (Johannes Brandrup), whose throne-grabbing uncle wants him out of the way. Andrew’s bookish stepbrother, Peter (Alessandro Gassman), isn’t nearly as gung ho: His heritage has always been shrouded in mystery and Peter suspects t...

Released: 2001 Rated: R Length: 199 mins

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