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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From peasant to knight; one man can change his stars 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)


$56,083,966 (USA) (27 July 2001)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end, Chaucer (Paul Bettany) says, "I think I'll write this down," which, in real life, he does - "The Knight's Tale" is the first chapter in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales." See more »


Chaucer identifies himself as a writer and describes what he can do. The activities described are part of the profession of cleric (later called "clerk" in English). However, the film is intentionally anachronistic in many areas. See more »


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

As the first credits appear, the camera swings to show a constellation behind William and Jocelyn. The constellation is Orion, the Hunter. Jocelyn refers to William as the Hunter before she learns his name. See more »


References The 10th Kingdom (2000) See more »


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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User Reviews

Action packed, funny, and touching
11 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A Knight's Tale" is a wonderful story of a group of friends who fight, train, and love as they are led by William (Ledger)in his quest to "change his stars" and become a knight. Tongue-in-cheek humor is administered throughout, much of it appropriately timed. The cast is superior (observe Bettany's mastering of his craft), as they are believable and likable. Casenove's performance as John Thatcher is superb and touching. Not to be taken too seriously, this movie will please if viewed for what it is- an action comedy. Keep watching after the credits for a funny clip ;). Also recommended: First Knight, King Arthur (2004), Rob Roy, Braveheart, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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