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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He Will Rock You 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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Heath Ledger knocked out one of director Brian Helgeland's front teeth with a broomstick when the two were demonstrating a jousting move. It was several months before Helgeland's mouth had healed enough to repair the damage. He says it was the only jousting injury during filming. See more »


In the montage of William during his sword of foot fights, his armor has a line from Kate's repair. His armor isn't broken until the next joust scene. 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 »


Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »


Get Ready
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson, Jr.)
Performed by Rare Earth
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A surprisingly, wonderful hit!
15 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

As soon as I saw the fans singing and clapping to "We Will Rock You" I thought "this is not very realistic". Of course, that was when I had gone in expecting a film like Braveheart or The Patriot, with real historical lessons. A Knight's Tale was nothing like either of those. After you get past the first one or two scenes, everything really grows on you. The humor is, yes, cheesy at times, (the Nike armor) but I still laughed. Chaucer was great, the villain was definitely evil, and the jousting/action scenes were very well done. Put all that together with some other funny sidekicks and a little romance and you've got a pretty good flick. Definitely a must see more than once, and a must buy video/DVD when it's out!

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