Intrepid director ScottTimes being what they are, blah blah blah, you'd think a film about the religious crusades of the 12th-century would rub a few folks the wrong way, especially after the drama surrounding Mel Gibson's personal crusade to educate the masses. Not so, says David Germain of the Associated Press. The latest screening given to members of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee reveals the pic treads in tame territory. Director Ridley Scott, who hasn't ruffled feathers since G.I. Jane, supposedly politically-corrected the script after a first go-round with Arab groups, yet managed to keep the piece almost historically accurate (Scott inserted some requisite love interest/beefed up emotional drama).

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