Crusade: A March Through Time

DVD Release: January 1, 2008
Crusade: A March Through Time


Young soccer player Dolf fails to score in the European Junior Cup Championship, causing his Holland team to be eliminated. Returning home, he visits his mother’s lab as she tests a revolutionary machine that allows humans to be transported back in time. Dolf decides to travel back 12 hours to replay the match, but unknowingly sends himself back to the 13th century – the year 1212 to be exact. Saved from bandits by the beautiful Jenne, his first attempt to be transported home fails. Dolf joins Jenne and thousands of other children on a peaceful pilgrimage known as the Children’s Crusade, led by a religious visionary, Nicolas, as they march towards the promised land of Jerusalem by way of Genoa. Finding his modern perspectives and actions both help and a hindrance with his 13th Century counterparts Dolf traverses between being viewed as a miracle messenger from God and The Devil’s disciple. Back in the present, his mother frantically works on tracking down Dolf’s location by studying historical documents to arrange another rendezvous with the transporter that can bring him home.

Dove Review

In this film Dolf, the main character, breaks into his mother’s lab and attempts to go back in time after losing the soccer championship. In doing so, he accidentally sets the wrong time and is transported to the 13th century during the time of the crusades. He befriends a woman named Jenne who is leading the children’s crusade to Jerusalem and Dolf then searches for the portal to send him home.The film depicts an accurate 13th century feel while keeping the audience intrigued and entertained. The British dialect may be difficult for young children to understand. Also, some of the subject matter may be more suited for older children. Dove is proud to award the Dove Seal to this film for children ages twelve and up.

Content Description

Sex: Romantic kissing by couple.
Language: None
Violence: A character is attacked by bandits and Jenne comes to his rescue by killing one man and chasing the others away; two characters fight; A character is wounded in a fight; another fight; wolves attack and kill a child; men attack a character while he is tied up and push a character after she tries to aid him; two characters push the guards out of the way to enter the village.
Drugs: None
Nudity: A man and boys are briefly shirtless.
Other: Children of the crusade are hungry while the leaders are eating well; disagreement over religion; children are shown sick and dying; a character is tried as a heretic and accused of questioning the will of God; a character reveals that one of the leaders of the children’s crusade is planning on selling the children to slave traders.


Company: Uncommon Prod.
Writer: Bill Haney
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 102 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Bill Flynn; Stephanie Leonidas; Michael Culkins; Robert Timmins; Emily Watson; Benno Furmann; Jake Kedge; Ryan Winsley; Herbert Knaup
Reviewer: Candice Moore