Arn: The Knight Templar

December 25th, 2007


Arn: The Knight Templar

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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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.4/10 (9,261 voted)

Director: Peter Flinth

Stars: Joakim Nätterqvist, Sofia Helin, Stellan Skarsgård

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.

Writers: Jan Guillou, Hans Gunnarsson

Joakim Nätterqvist - Arn Magnusson
Sofia Helin - Cecilia Algotsdotter
Stellan Skarsgård - Birger Brosa
Milind Soman - Saladin
Simon Callow - Fader Henry
Vincent Perez - Broder Guilbert
Bibi Andersson - Moder Rikissa
Michael Nyqvist - Magnus Folkesson
Fanny Risberg - Cecilia Blanka
Jakob Cedergren - Ebbe Sunesson
Nicholas Boulton - Gerard De Ridefort
Steven Waddington - Grandmaster Torroja
Frank Sieckel - Sigfried De Turenne
Alex Wyndham - Armand De Gascogne
Gustaf Skarsgård - King Knut

Taglines: A Knight in the Holy Land. A Woman in the Frozen North. A War that Kept Them Apart.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Sweden] |

Release Date: 25 December 2007

Filming Locations: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: €25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: SEK 14,336,235 (Sweden) (27 December 2007)

Gross: $10,476,642 (Sweden) (13 January 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

On 21 June 2007, executive producer Johan Mardell confirmed that the film ran over budget during production.

Continuity: Arn's horse changes appearance all the time though it is supposed to be the same horse. Most clearly is the white spot in the forehead which comes and goes between scenes.

Saladin: This is my brother, Fakhr.

User Review

Poetically made

Rating: 8/10

Once I heard about this movie I felt pride for my country for making such a big production, hoping for it to be able to challenge big productions such as Troy, King Arthur and maybe even 300. I hoped so, but I expected otherwise. I know my epic movies pretty well, and in the trailer some months before release I notices some bass tones of the music score were identical to a part of the Gladiator music. I feared a cheap American epic movie ripoff with flawed actors and fake-looking special effects. Luckily, I did not see what I expected.

Arn has one big difference from the epic movies we know - it is made in a country where an epic movie of this size has never been made before. Naturally, many will expect to see the same of what we've seen in epic movies so far. Many will expect to see a hero or a group of heroes slaughtering hordes of enemies for the pure obsession of it that they call glory, but they won't. What they will see is the tale of the medieval life told in the most simple way. A mother promising away her son to God to serve him. The obsession of power between kings. To get to know your worst enemy and respect him as a man, and to meet anguish of having to kill him on the battle field without really knowing why.

During the first half of the movie at some point the storytelling got a little over hand, which is understandable while the balancing between being informative and entertaining is a hard thing to perfect. Though, it would be a shame going to the theater to see this film waiting for the heads to start rolling to the right and to the left, missing out the whole experience of having an honest story about the medieval life being told right in front of your eyes by common people.

This is the first part of the story of Arn. Now I have my hopes up for the second movie to round up this tale as well as or better than this first part started it.


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