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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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Release Date:
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
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
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
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)
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)
Miroslav Lhotka .... 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
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
Music Department
Robb Boyd .... assistant music editor
Michael Farrow .... score mixer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
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
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
Barbora Jurkovicova .... location manager: second unit
Lenka Kadlecova .... production secretary
Samantha Knox-Johnston .... travel coordinator
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager
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:
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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:U | 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?

When Chaucer first introduced Sir Ulrich at the joust, he makes a point of including the lower classes, saying "And everyone else here not sitting on a cushion". This is a reference to The Beatles' Royal Commend performance in 1963 when John Lennon introduced the last song by saying "For the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you'd just rattle your jewelry".See more »
Continuity: In William's final joust with Adhemar, when his horse starts charging, Kate, Roland, and Wat run along behind his horse for a short period of time. As the shot changes you can see Wat standing still in the background. Then the shot changes back to the three running.See more »
[first lines]
William:Should we help him?
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91 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
More accurate than you might think, 15 August 2003
Author: bhirschi42 from Lake City, Fla.

The first time I saw A Knight's Tale (on cable, missed it in theater), I had the same reaction as many of you - Queen? David Bowie? In a movie set in the middle ages?

But I stayed with it, and I'm glad I did. Once you get past the glaring anachronisms (put in the film on purpose, of course), you find the movie is actually quite true to its period.

The presence of Chaucer in the film, combined with some of its details, leads me to suspect that Brian Helgeland has read "Chaucer's Knight" by fellow filmmaker Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame). The book deconstructs the knight in Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale" in a totally unique way -- he is seen NOT as the flower of medieval chivalry (as most scholars have interpreted him), but as a mercenary out for nothing but money and blood. The character in the film Chaucer would have written about, then, is not Sir William Thatcher (Heath Ledger), but Count Adhemar of Anjou (Rufus Sewell).

The part of the film in which this connection "clicked" for me was the scene where Count Adhemar is called away to his command in a "Free Company" -- a particular stain on the reputation of knighthood which Jones talks extensively about in his book.

Jones' book made use of extensive research into medieval history, and Helgeland's film obviously does, too.

Chaucer was a master of satire in his day. Helgeland's use of modern conventions in a period film is a conceit of which - I believe - Chaucer would definitely have approved.

I gave "A Knight's Tale" 9 out of 10 - it's not perfect, but I like it so much, I try to watch it every time it comes on (it's been on HBO and Cinemax pretty regularly for the past several months). Check it out!

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