Not the Battle of Helm's Deep
February 5, 2011 11:51 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find a video clip of an old city defending its walls against an enemy (with axes, battering ram, catapults, towers)?

I'd like to show how important a city wall is to its people. If you know of a movie or good documentary, but can't find a clip of it, please suggest. Kingdom of Heaven is closest to what I'm looking for so far. Thanks.
posted by jayne to Technology (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Well, it's definitely not the battle of Helm's Deep - so look at the seige of Minas Tirith from "Return of the King"

I think I remember a siege scene in "The Messenger" as well.
posted by alchemist at 12:39 AM on February 6, 2011

Well, there was one at the beginning of the recent Robin Hood movie that I remember. I think Timeline also had a siege.
posted by sophist at 1:59 AM on February 6, 2011

The good guys in The Thirteenth Warrior build and defend wooden village walls. This is the one I'd want to use.
The Vikings invade a city and get over the walls.
There's a documentary about Masada and there was also a TV mini series. Masada was the site of a Jewish holdout on a high plateau in the first Jewish-Roman War.
Excalibur has some elements of siege warfare.
posted by biffa at 3:13 AM on February 6, 2011

The Harfleur speech in Shakespeare's Henry V ("Once more into the breach" and so on) is set at the siege of the city, and Branagh's version has good visuals of the wall and the breach in it. It also shows the resolution to the siege, which is the city's mayor realizing that once there's a hole in your city wall, there's not much holding out to be done.
posted by MsMacbeth at 6:23 AM on February 6, 2011

You can find a lot of public domain film clips on the site
posted by david33957 at 6:23 AM on February 6, 2011

The siege and fall of Babylon in Intolerance.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 9:13 AM on February 6, 2011

And the first 2 minutes of Robin and Marion has a good scene which would be very relevant.
posted by biffa at 9:40 AM on February 6, 2011

Just for fun, use a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In addition to your real stuff, of course.
posted by CathyG at 12:34 PM on February 6, 2011

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