King Maker (2005)
|John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Gary Stretch (World Trade Center, Alexander) star in this epic adventure set in the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya, a Thai kingdom that existed from 1350 to 1767.|
Fernando De Gama (Stretch), a Portuguese mercenary, sets sail for the Orient in a bid to find the man that murdered his father. When his ship capsizes, Fernando washes up on a tropical beach only to be captured by Arab slavers and taken to Ayutthaya where he is sold into slavery. He is rescued from slavery when a beautiful young Portuguese woman buys him from the Arabs and restores his freedom. Not surprisingly he falls for Maria, much to the chagrin of her father. Her father, as it turns out, is the man who killed Fernando's father and thus sets Fernando on a lifetime quest for revenge. When the King of Siam declares war on a Northern renegade pretender, Fernando is pressed into military service. His skill in battle gains him favor with the King who commands him to be one of his personal guards. Unbeknownst to the King, his beautiful but devious wife is plotting to kill him and place her lover on the throne. As trusted guardian of the king, Fernando must stop this plot that could lead the kingdom into war.
Editor's NoteJohn Rhys-Davies (The LORD OF THE RINGS films) stars in this historical epic set in Thailand. To avenge his father's murder, Fernando (Gary Stretch, WORLD TRADE CENTER) leaves his native Portugal and sails for far-off Thailand. He is captured by slavers, but a young woman sets him free. Though he is held captive by her beauty, he soon discovers that her father is to blame for his father's death. Fernando becomes a soldier--then he learns of a plot to kill the king he has sworn to protect.
Cast & Crew
|Andre Bachtiari - Executive Producer|
|David Winters - Producer|
|Ian Livingstone - Original Music By|
|Jiradeht Samnansanor - Cinematographer|
|Lek Kitaparaporn - Director|
|Narong Boonmark, et. al. - Art Director|
|Sean Casey - Writer|
|William Watts - Editor|
|Wongtawan Cheewin - Production Designer|
Customer Reviews of King Maker
Don't Miss It!! A MUST SEE!!!5/6/2007
The scope of King Maker is epic like “Lawrence of Arabia” or “Ben Hur”. Every scene is awesome and beautiful. It sort of reminded me of Leon Shamroy's work in "Cleopatra" or Robert Surtees from "Ben Hur", big in scope and breathtaking. The film’s editing was SUPERB and glided like silk. The cinematography is a knockout and I wished I was in a cinema hearing the audience gasp in delight. I just saw "THE 300” and was not impressed with the photography and it was in IMAX. "The King Maker" looks like it cost 100 million to make and I looked at the Internet Movie Data Base and they said it cost only 15 million. The screenplay is superb. The story is very fascinating, and at times funny, sad, brutal etc but NEVER boring. I think the screenplay is one of the movies strong points. "The King Maker" is far superior to “The 300” and never insults your intellect. The directing is first rate. It’s a human story with great action scenes. The acting is terrific starting off with handsome Gary Stretch, who brings us a man who is sensitive, tough, and I am sure he will appeal to all the women. ". John-Rhys-Davies is excellent, better than he was in “Lord of The Rings”. The girl who plays Maria Cindy Burbridge is a great beauty and fine actress, (WHAT A DOLL!) The lady who plays the queen is so evil and mean, you feel like screaming "You *itch" and "Hey beware of her”. This is a wonderful film. I suggest to everybody to see this film. The music was also haunting. Siam and European music themes in a wonderful marriage of sounds. Congratulations Mr. Winters and Thank You for producing a film that at times is "Captain Blood" other times "Spartacus" and other times "El Cid” and still have its own theme and flavor. Tom Ferrini …..CPE
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