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A Knight's Tale (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 11 May 2001 (USA)
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After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

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Brian Helgeland

Writer:

Brian Helgeland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... William Thatcher
Rufus Sewell ... Count Adhemar
Shannyn Sossamon ... Jocelyn
Paul Bettany ... Geoffrey Chaucer
Laura Fraser ... Kate
Mark Addy ... Roland
Alan Tudyk ... Wat
Bérénice Bejo ... Christiana (as Berenice Bejo)
Scott Handy ... Germaine
James Purefoy ... Colville
Leagh Conwell ... Young William Thatcher
Christopher Cazenove ... John Thatcher
Steven O'Donnell ... Simon the Summoner (as Steve O'Donnell)
Jonathan Slinger ... Peter the Pardoner
Nick Brimble ... Sir Ector
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Storyline

Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the early life of William Marshall (later First Earl of Pembroke), this is the story of William, a young squire with a gift for jousting. After his master dies suddenly, the squire hits the road with his cohorts Roland and Wat. On the journey, they stumble across an unknown writer, Chaucer. William, lacking a proper pedigree, convinces Chaucer to forge genealogy documents that will pass him off as a knight. With his newly-minted history in hand, the young man sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition, and finds romance along the way. Written by Anonymous

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He didn't make the rules. He was born to break them. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, some nudity and brief sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Knight's Tale See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,511,391, 13 May 2001

Gross USA:

$56,569,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,487,473
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The expression "it's sixes and sevens" is used in its gambling context by Simon the Summoner to get Geoffrey Chaucer to gamble. The phrase is derived from the game of dice, and originally appeared in print in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, 1374. It means "to carelessly risk one's entire fortune". See more »

Goofs

Several shots during the final joust have an over-exposed, milky appearance caused when a camera assistant dropped and split a film magazine on the final day of shooting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
William: Should we help him?
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Crazy Credits

After the credits finish, Roland, Wat, Kate, and Geoffrey Chaucer have a flatulence contest/drinking game. Wat loses, but Kate is the obvious winner. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a slight difference between the UK cinema version and the UK DVD release. In the cinematic release, the queen/Robbie Williams version of We Are The Champions starts playing when William and Jocelyn kiss just before the credits, whereas the DVD release has a different song play. However, We Are The Champions still plays over the last half of the credits. See more »

Connections

References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want To Take You Higher
Written by Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Sly and the Family Stone (as Sly & The Family Stone)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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7 March 2013 | by inessa_mariaSee all my reviews

"A Knight's Tale" is a subtle film by an eccentric director and screenwriter, Brian Helgeland. This interesting film has an ambitious plot, which is written just for a simple story about a knight, who tries to win a game, or better, a championship. However, the director has transformed an ancient tale into a current story. This long-run plot is passed in a period of the "Middle Age", which is focused on the War of the 100 Years, 14th Century. It is adapted to a new environment from Medieval Ocidental Europe, and shows some real characters like Black Prince and the writer Geoffrey Chaucer. The main character is a countryman or a peasant, whose father gets him to be a squire. After the death of his boss, he becomes a knight. Legally, a squire could not be a knight, but he dressed his boss' clothes and went to the championship, without anyone knowing who he was under the clothes.

From my perspective, Helgeland's view about championship in the "Middle Age" needs to be considered very creative, because he presents a plot in that period comparing with nowadays, and shows this conclusion inside the long-run, including his perception, which sometimes some aspects of life keep the same. Talking about the crew, every actor and actress was selected carefully, you can see this, during the movie. Each of them has the perfect character and their performance are impressive. One of the actors, Paul Bettany, in particular, has an audacious performance. Another one, the main actor, Heath Ledge, is wonderful in his acting, he shows, at the same time, determination, dedication, courage and funny atmosphere in some scenes. Everyone needs to see this film, you will feel good and satisfied. However, there are some points of the film, that it is not so perfect, but surely, they do not affect the film. Concluding, I invite you to see the film. It is a kind of movie that you will not forget easily – it is forever. Don't miss it!!!

Inessa Maria


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