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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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Simon the Summoner (as Steve O'Donnell)


Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the story of Ulrich von Lichtenstein, 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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Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón de caballero  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,511,391 (USA) (11 May 2001)


$1,525,952 (France) (23 November 2001)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The aerial shot of London includes a medieval version of The London Eye. It's a model, not CGI, and cost $500,000. See more »


Jocelyn sits down twice during the final joust. See more »


[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 »


References The Mask of Zorro (1998) See more »


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User Reviews

Jousting With A Modern Take
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A story about jousting but this old knight's tale is anything but old because it mixes in satire of today's modern sports-audience age with some funny bits. Those include the overly dramatic public address announcer (boy, that's even more so since this film came out), rock music blaring out as the contestants do battle, etc.

The main characters are nicely varied with distinct personalities. Shannon Sossamon, however, was not quite up to leading-lady status and hasn't had a choice role like this since, either. I would have rather seen her "assistant" in this film, or the blacksmith woman, be the lead. Anyway, even though it's a bit long at 132 minutes, it's still entertaining most of the way, with some of the funniest bits at the beginning. However, it's just as much a romance (with Heath Ledger as the male lead) than a comedy.

What also is good is the sound and visuals in here: all high-class. The lance hitting an opponent made an interesting sound each time. The surround sound in here was good, too.

It's a film most people would like, and I recommend seeing it.

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