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The King Maker (2005)

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Sold into slavery by Ayuttayan Arabs during his quest to find the man who murdered his father, a vengeful Portuguese mercenary becomes entangled in a royal conspiracy that threatens to send an entire kingdom spiraling into war. When Fernando De Gama (Gary Stretch)'s was just a young boy, his father was slain by a stealthy assassin. Now Fernando has grown into a feared mercenary, and he has set his sights on the Orient in an effort to seek out his father's killer. After the ship he is sailing on capsizes and Fernando washes ashore on a tropical island, he is captured by Arabs, transported to the Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya, and sold into slavery. Despite the grim turn in his quest, fate seems to smile upon Fernando when the ravishing Maria purchases him from the Arabs and subsequently restores his freedom. Soon after falling in love with his kindly rescuer, Fernando discovers that her disapproving father is actually the man he has been searching for all along. When a Northern renegade pretender summons the wrath of the King of Siam and the nation is plunged into war, Fernando is reluctantly pressed into military service. If there's one thing Fernando knows it's warfare, and after gaining favor with the king for his impressive display on the battlefield Fernando is eventually recruited into the royal guard. Trouble is brewing in the royal palace, however, and when Fernando discovers a plot by the queen to murder her husband and win her lover a seat on the royal throne he vows to stop the diabolical plot before an entire nation is plunged into chaos.
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R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Gary Stretch
as Fernando De Gamma
John Rhys-Davies
as Phillippe
Nirut Sirichanya
as King Chairacha
Yoe Hassadeevichit
as Queen Sudachan
Akara Amarttayakul
as Pan Bud Sri Thep
Byron Bishop
as Scar-Face Ninja
Daam Dasakorn
as King of lanna
Shaun Delaney
as Fernando's Father
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Ok...I finished this movie because despite the fact they did nothing right, it did veer very close to the "so awful it comes full circle to AWESOME" line. Unfortunately, altho the special effects were awful (anyone else notice Asians' blood looked a lot like grape juice?), the acting was laugh out loud funny and the plot was tarded, I think it was supposed to be for realz. I don't know what college the guy below me got his "historian" credentials from, but other than "10,000 BC" (a prime example of a movie crossing the shitty-to-amazing threshold, as it were), this stupid piece of shit movie is honestly the most historically inaccurate movie I have seen.

Dimity  Palazzola
Dimity Palazzola

Great true story line, athentic scenery, beautiful costumes, but the acting was not great. It was ok for a low budget film.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris
½

Historically accurate? Who knows. A good movie? Decidedly not. Poor acting, even from John Rhys-Davies whom I usually enjoy. The costumes were the most asinine looking things I've seen in quite a while. Classic story of a queen usurping the power of her husband, though without much in the way of intrigue or imagination. I gave it a higher rating than it actually deserves for Rhys-Davies and the beauty (not the talent) of Burbridge.

Don Schick
Don Schick

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