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Ironclad (2011)

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In thirteenth century England, a Knights Templar and few of the Barons men, fight to defend Rochester Castle against the tyrannical King John.

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Jonathan English

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Jonathan English (story & screenplay), Stephen McDool (first screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Purefoy ... Thomas Marshal
Brian Cox ... Baron William d'Aubigny
Kate Mara ... Lady Isabel
Derek Jacobi ... Baron Reginald de Cornhill
Paul Giamatti ... King John
Charles Dance ... Archbishop Langton
Jason Flemyng ... Gil Becket
Jamie Foreman ... Jedediah Coteral
Mackenzie Crook ... Daniel Marks
Rhys Parry Jones ... Joseph Wulfstan
Aneurin Barnard ... Guy the Squire
Vladimir Kulich ... Captain Tiberius
David Melville ... Baron Darnay
Annabelle Apsion ... Maddy
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Cooper
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Storyline

It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.

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knight | castle | king | england | templar | See All (201) »

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Heavy metal goes medieval


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic brutal battle sequences, and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Templar See more »

Filming Locations:

Tree Tower Manor, Wales, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$175,440
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Writer and Director Jonathan English, the bloody hackings of arms and legs were not done with CGI, but with old-fashioned prosthetics. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous errors in the depiction of the Templars. These include: 1) They are shown in armour with surcoats, and armed, whilst travelling on a civilian mission. In reality Templars wore monastic-style robes unless expecting to go into combat, which the Templars were not. 2) The Templars wear surcoats over their armour. Surcoats were not worn by Knights Templar until the 1240s, 30-odd years after the film is set. Before that they wore white monastic style gowns over their armour. 3) Although it is correct that the Templars used a red cross as their emblem, is was a cross patée, which had arms of equal length flaring out at the end. The cross shown here is a Latin cross, with plain arms of which the lowest is longer than the others. 3) Marshal is seeking permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury to leave the Templars. In fact the Templars were not subject to any Church authority except the Pope; Marshal would have sought permission from his own superiors in the Order. See more »

Quotes

Guy the Squire: [Upset that he has killed in battle] There's no finding peace after knowing this!
Marshall: Faith, Guy. Only the weak believe that what they do in battle is who they are as men.
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Crazy Credits

As the last end credits roll, there is the following language: No animals were harmed in the filming of this picture. "Especially Newts. " See more »

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Forgive the historical inaccuracies and it's an enjoyable film
21 May 2013 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

I am not an expert on the period this film covers but reading reviews on here and then reading up on the period it is clear that it is not historically accurate. I can see why this would upset some people but for me watching a film is just pure entertainment not a history lesson so it is not something that concerns me too much. The fact that someone makes a film about a specific period in history may, as it did with me, make them get the facts for themselves.

As for the film itself it is nothing if not entertaining. The plot is made clear and therefore unlike some historical action films you actually get to know what's going on and why. In a nutshell a small band of knights have to defend a castle against hordes of King Johns men something along the lines of Zulu. There is a fair bit of tension and the fights are bloody and brutal.

The acting is nothing special though I thought Paul Giamatti was good as King John. The camera work is at times annoyingly shaky especially during the battle scenes but there is also some nice scenery in the few quieter spells.

Ironclad might fail historically but it does succeed in entertaining and that ultimately is what counts.


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