Suriyothai (2003)

A crucial moment in the history of Thailand comes to life in this epic-scale historical drama, written and directed by Chatrichalem Yukol, a member of the Thai royal family. In 1528, Ayuthaya (the nation which would become Thailand) was… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 20, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brandon Judell

Someone does shout, "Get the men and arm the elephants!" Sadly, this alone doesn't make you think of Cecil B. DeMille as the press notes would like you to. "Hercules and the Captive Women" comes more to mind.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Compelling enough that one wishes to be able to see the entire eight hours, with all the missing context filled back in. As it is, this short version seems even longer than eight hours.

Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI looks very much like the "larger than life" film epics of 1950s and 1960s

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It is overlong, overproduced, overscaled and crammed with too many plots, subplots and digressions.

Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Visually ravishing and full of double-crosses and nefarious plots worthy of Shakespeare.

Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

American audiences expect crouching tigers and hidden dragons in their Asian fare, so plodding elephants may be a little anti-climactic. This one is for the history buffs.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Without knowing what has been lost in the process, it would be hard to imagine the original film was any less repetitive or more dramatically engaging than what remains.

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Globe and Mail

A film that is stunning to watch.

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Orlando Weekly

With excellent acting, amazing sets and production standards as high as any I've seen, the movie has only one real problem: Once you're lost in the jungle, it's a very long way out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Valletta
Great historical drama from Thailand, the America version was edited and presented by Francis Ford Coppola.