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A Knight's Tale -- A KNIGHT'S TALE is the rousing story of lowborn William Thatcher's (Ledger) quest to change his stars, win the heart of an exceedingly fair maiden (Sossamon) and rock his medieval world. Follow this fearless squire and his band of medieval misfits as they careen their way toward impossible glory that's part romance, part road trip and part exuberant swashbuckler.
A Knight's Tale -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Brian Helgeland (written by)
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11 May 2001 (USA) See more »
From peasant to knight; one man can change his stars See more »
After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Karel Dobrý ... Flanders King of Arms
Philip Lenkowsky ... Rouen King of Arms

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Old Bishop
Petr Meissel ... Sword Official
Matthew Mills ... Colville's Herald (as Mathew Mills)

Daniel Rous ... Local Earl Lagny
Vladimír Kulhavý ... Fence
Miroslav Mokos ... French Squire
Noel le Bon ... French Squire (as Noel Le Bon)
Scott Bellefeville ... French Squire (as Scott Bellefeuille)

David Schneider ... Relic Seller
Rudolf Kubík ... Paris Master of Arms (as Rudolf Kubik)
David Fisher ... London King of Arms

David Sterne ... Retired Knight

Alice Connor ... Lone Girl
Alice Bendová ... Spy (as Alice Vesela)
Berwick Kaler ... Man in Stocks
Howard Lotker ... Lagny Master at Arms
Jan Kuzelka ... Smithee
Václav Krejcí ... Smithee (as Vaclav Krejci)
Jan Nemejovský ... Smithee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jakob Schwarz ... Blackbird Knight (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Helgeland 
Writing credits
Brian Helgeland (written by)

Produced by
Todd Black .... producer
Brian Helgeland .... producer
Tim Van Rellim .... producer
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Stitt 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Tony Burrough 
Art Direction by
John Hill 
Grant Armstrong (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Dominic Smithers 
Jiri Zucek 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Makeup Department
Ivana Chlostova .... makeup artist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Fae Hammond .... makeup supervisor
Julianna Mendes-Ebden .... makeup artist
Pebbles .... key hair stylist
Pebbles .... key makeup artist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Milan Vlcek .... makeup artist
Eva Vytlelová .... makeup artist
Production Management
Joseph Boyle .... production manager: second unit
Desmond Cannon .... studio executive post-production
Petr Moravec .... production supervisor
Ondrej Slama .... unit production manager
Daria Spackova .... unit production manager: second unit
Petr Splichal .... unit manager
Gerry Toomey .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... second assistant director
David Carrigan .... first assistant director: second unit
Petr Drozda .... second second assistant director
Allan Graf .... second unit director
Oldrich Mach .... first assistant director: second unit
Petr Nemecek .... second assistant director: second unit
Jeremy Oakley .... second second assistant director
Jez Oakley .... assistant director
Jirí Ostry .... first assistant director
Frantisek Rezek .... second assistant director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Corina Burrough .... production buyer
Noel Cowell .... property master
David Gray .... standby rigger
Tomas Hais .... set dresser
Pavel Hemmy .... property master
Klara Holubova .... assistant property master
Mark Kebby .... set designer
Peter Lee .... model maker
Tomás Lehovec .... stand-by props
Dan Michl .... props
Stefan Mily .... set dresser
Sam Stokes .... on-set art director
Dan Sweetman .... storyboard artist
Pavel Tatar .... draftsman
Jan Vohlídal .... set designer (as Jan Vohlidal)
Václav Vohlídal .... set designer (as Vaclav Vohlidal)
Sound Department
Bill W. Benton .... re-recording mixer
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound effects editor
Lane Burch .... foley mixer
Tomas Cervenka .... boom operator
Linda Di Franco .... foley editor
Laura Graham .... adr editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr editor (as Devon Curry)
Mark Holding .... production sound mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Drake Jenevein .... assistant sound editor
Brian W. Jennings .... assistant sound editor
Jon Johnson .... supervising sound editor
Brad Kanfer .... apprentice sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... adr editor
Val Kuklowsky .... sound effects editor
Sean Landeros .... sound recordist
Charles Maynes .... sound effects designer
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Miguel Rivera .... foley editor
Jan Skala .... cable person
Bruce Stubblefield .... adr supervisor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Tracy Bolt .... sound recordist (uncredited)
William Jacobs .... foley supervisor (uncredited)
Howard London .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Terry Glass .... special effects coordinator
Dana H. Suddath .... special effects coordinator
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
David j Watson .... special effects technician (as David Watson Jr.)
Paul Whybrow .... special effects supervisor: second unit
Mark Meddings .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Marilyn Anderson .... technical assistant manager
Nicholas Atkinson .... visual effects editor
Mark Bakowski .... digital compositor: Mill Film
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital compositor
Philip Borg .... digital artist
Dawn Bowery .... digital compositor
Tim Burke .... visual effects supervisor
Angus Cameron .... digital effects supervisor: Millfilm, Shepperton
Virginie Degorgue .... model maker
Rob Delicata .... producer: model unit
Rob Dunbar .... visual effects
Dave Early .... digital matte painter (as David Early)
Paul Edwards .... visual effects producer: Mill Film
Lillan Gahlin .... digital compositor: Mill Film
José Granell .... model unit supervisor
Charley Henley .... digital artist
Adam Howarth .... model construction manager
Antony Hunt .... visual effects executive producer: Mill Film
Michael Illingworth .... digital compositor
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Paul Oakley .... technical assistant
Simon Payne .... digital artist
Chris Shaw .... motion control CGI interface
Nigel Stone .... director of photography: model unit
Kitty Veevers .... digital compositor
Damien Cheetham .... post production engineer: Mill Film (uncredited)
Metin Gungor .... digital matte painter: mill film (uncredited)
Joey Harris .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Craig Rowe .... technical assistant: MillFilm (uncredited)
Alex Rutherford .... modelmaker (uncredited)
Patrice Cossoneau .... stunts
Antonin Dave .... stunts
Thomas DuPont .... stunts
Monika Fiserova .... horse trainer
Cedric Gary .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
Michal Grün .... stunts (as Michael Grun)
Jiri Horky .... stunt rigger
Martin Hub .... stunt coordinator: Czech Republic
Dusan Hyska .... stunt rigger
Roman Jankovic .... stunt double
Roman Jankovic .... stunts
Filip Kadlec .... stunts
Jindrich Klaus .... stunt rigger
Ales Kosnar .... stunts (as Ales Krosnar)
Frédéric Laforet .... stunt performer
Miroslav Lhotka .... stunt performer
Pascal Madura .... stunt performer
Michael Sandala .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Jiri Simberský .... stunts
Mike Watson .... stunts
Paul Weston .... sword fight choreographer
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Pavel Cajzl .... stunt double (uncredited)
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Gareth Milne .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jan Petrina .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Pete White .... horse stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Nick Wilkinson .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Alloway .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Jim Allaway)
Andy Arnautov .... chief lighting technician (as Ondrej Arnautov)
Radek Beran .... video assistant
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Václav Cermak .... electrician
Karel Charvat .... grip
Ken Coles .... camera operator: second unit
Pavel Dostal .... second assistant camera: second unit
Vladimir Duben .... Steadicam assistant
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer (as Egon Endrenyi)
Simon Finney .... first assistant camera
Klaus Fuxjäger .... camera operator: second unit (as Klaus Fuxjager)
Jiri Gazda .... key grip: Czech Republic
Jiri Gazda .... second grip
Kenny Groom .... first assistant camera: second unit
Richard Havlicek .... key grip: second unit
Dai Hopkins .... key grip
Jiri Horych .... electrician
Lukas Jaromersky .... rigging electrician
Igor Jelen .... electrician
Jaroslav Jiricek .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
Vaclav Kares .... camera loader: second unit
Borivoj Klecka .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Borek Klecka)
Filip Majer .... camera loader
David Mamula .... video assistant: second unit
Antonin Marik .... first assistant camera
Rod Marley .... second assistant camera
Sebastian Meuschel .... Steadicam operator
Zdenek Mrkvicka .... assistant camera
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
Ervin Sanders .... director of photography: second unit (as Erven Sanders)
Jamie Sewell .... additional director of photography
Keith Sewell .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Gary Spratling .... additional camera operator: second unit
Nick Stewart .... camera trainee: second unit
Neil Toussaint .... focus puller: second unit
Jiri Trousil .... key grip: second unit
Petr Vladyka .... video assist operator: second unit
Oliver Ward .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Kamil Zvonicek .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Casting Department
Suzanne Crowley .... casting: UK
Jessica Horáthová .... casting: Czech Republic (as Jessica Horvathova)
Peter Kalin .... associate casting: in-house
Meg Leonard .... casting assistant
Josef Loucím .... extras casting
Gilly Poole .... casting: U.K.
Nancy Safran .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Anzimani .... workshop tailor
Tim Aslam .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Tim Aslam .... crowd costume supervisor
Alma Barbieri .... workshop tailor
Simon Brindle .... special costumes
Katherine Burchill .... assistant costume designer
Corina Burrough .... equine dresser
Georgina Gunner .... wardrobe mistress
Tereza Horakova .... interpreter: wardrobe department
Nicky Jones .... senior costume armourer
Alice Cortes Kheilova .... costume interpreter
Marco Magno .... wardrobe assistant
Ivana Rezacova .... costumer
Marco Scotti .... costume supervisor
Marco Scotti .... wardrobe supervisor
Jitka Svecova .... costumer
Iveta Trmalova .... wardrobe supervisor: costumes
Editorial Department
Steven A. Calabro .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Peter McNulty .... first assistant editor
Andrea Pugner .... assistant editor
Eric Rigney .... avid technician
Location Management
Barbora Jurkovicova .... location manager: second unit
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager
Music Department
Chris Barrett .... music assistant (as Chris Barratt)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Robb Boyd .... assistant music editor
Carter Burwell .... conductor
Michael Farrow .... score mixer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jake Jackson .... music assistant
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Dean Parker .... music assistant
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor
David Torn .... musician: guitar soloist
Bruce White .... viola
Maguy R. Cohen .... music editor assistant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Silvie Janculová .... transportation captain
Other crew
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Tami Cassell .... adr loop group
Karolina Cerna .... accounting assistant
Hana Duplinska .... assistant: Mr. Helgeland
Boban Dvorak .... assistant to director: second unit
Daniel Frisch .... production accountant (as Daniel S. Frisch)
Andrea Giannetti .... studio executive
Andrea Giannetti .... studio executive: development
Romana Hajkova .... assistant horse master (as Romana Havkova)
Caroline Harris .... armor designer
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Veronika Horka .... production coordinator
Peter Hric .... horse master (as Andy Hric)
Lance Johnson .... office intern
Lenka Kadlecova .... production secretary
Samantha Knox-Johnston .... travel coordinator
Marek Kucera .... production assistant
Tina Marie Montoya .... assistant: Mr. Van Rellim
Pavel Myslik .... assistant horse master
Anneliese O'Callaghan .... production coordinator
Jan Rehanzl .... set production assistant
Kathy Rowe .... assistant: Mr. Black
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Katerina Silna .... assistant production coordinator
Laura Summer .... adr voice group
Jiri Tichacek .... assistant accountant
David Torn .... solo guitar & textures
Vittorio Torrieri .... workshop tailor
Vera Trousilová .... payroll accountant: Czech Republic
John Uribe .... first assistant accountant
Peter White .... horse master
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor
Pamela Clay .... adr voice (uncredited)
Yasmine El-Ghamrawy .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Jan Pavlacky .... interpreter (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Rock You!" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for action violence, some nudity and brief sex-related dialogue
132 min | 144 min (extended version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-11/9 (original rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Hungary:14 | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #37532) | USA:Unrated (extended version)

Did You Know?

The initial scene of the two knights jousting in the first scene of the movie is actually footage of Heath Ledger's stunt double in an accident. While filming a later scene, the stunt double's opponent's lance moved off target and hit him in the head. The double fell to the ground unconscious. The entire scene was used for the introduction.See more »
Anachronisms: Chaucer identifies himself as a writer and describes what he can does. The activities described are part of the profession of cleric (later called "clerk" in English).See more »
[first lines]
William:Should we help him?
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69 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely unexpected pleasure. Light-hearted but satisfying on many levels, 10 July 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

This wonderfully uplifting little film has a great big heart, good humor, and a classic message about love and honor, and the rarity and preciousness of those who practice both with style. I went to see this with my spouse and a good friend of ours because THEY (the spouse and the friend) wanted to see it. I am a non-fan of comedies, and had been annoyed by the stream of trashy Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court films that had been coming out since the 1980s. My spouse had also informed me that I would be seeing Jousting performed to Bachman Turner Overdrive. My reaction was to reach for the nearest bottle of hard liquor. I didn't need it.

I've now seen this film about six times, and though I can't say that I see something new in it every time (it's just not that complicated), I can say that I have enjoyed it each and every time. The characters, though relatively uncomplicated, are very lovable and the casting is quite excellent all around. Before Brokeback Mountain, William Thatcher was Heath Ledger's most memorable role. He's a poor boy from London's Cheapside who wants to change his stars and to become an honored knight. Travelling from tournament to tournament with his fellow indentured servants, his liege passes on, and William seizes the moment - taking his armor and his horse to become Sir Ulrich Von Liechtenstein of the Gelderland.

He is joined by the other now-free indentures, and eventually, by Chaucer and a female Farrier played by the wonderful Laura Fraser. Eventually, William falls in love with a princess and is challenged by a rival for her affections with a lot more experience, money and political clout. The love story, which could have easily become a distracting annoyance, in fact, comes to dominate and drive the story very nicely.

Special kudos to Ledger, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany and James Purefoy for their awesome performances. And extra special kudos to Director Brian Helgeland for pulling off an impossible task - taking a fairy tale, making us want to believe it, and yet retaining some wonderful elements of silliness often missing in the fairy tale genre. This would make a wonderful romantic living-room double feature with The Princess Bride.

Recommendation: Definitely worth seeing.

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