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A Knight's Tale (2001) Poster

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Continuity 

When Wat is lashing the lance to William's arm, William's necklace is gone. Just before William jousts for the last time, the necklace reappears.
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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).
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In the final shot, when Jocelyn embraces William, the back of her dress is seen. The overlap portion of a center back zipper is clearly visible.
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In the opening scene, someone can be seen eating a smoked turkey leg. Turkeys were indigenous to the Americas. The movie takes place during the 14th century, which means turkeys would not have been available in Europe until at least the 16th century.
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Continuity 

In the very first joust the lord's daughter is seen looking bored with her hair styled in very large buns. A few shots later she is seen again, this time clapping her hands with the music and with significantly smaller hair. During the joust itself she is seen again with her in its original style.
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Sir William's armor is removed during the final joust, revealing a large blood-stained hole in his padded shirt. The blood stain is visible later in the scene, but the hole is completely gone.
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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.
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When William is being knighted, Chaucer is sitting immediately next to him, but in the next shot, from overhead, he has moved. He then moves back again in the next shot.
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When Wat goes after Chaucer for gambling the clothes away that he bought for him, you can see that Chaucer is wearing pants. It's right as he lunges at him and it is visible for a second or two.
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While Adhemar is being prepared for the final joust, his page puts on his helmet and begins to close the visor with his ungloved hand. In the next shot, Adhemar closes the visor again with his own, gloved, right hand which, as far as we have seen, is already holding his lance (he is holding the horse's reins with his left hand).
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In the final joust, after the first run with Adamar, William's armor is bent where the lance pierced his shoulder. At the next scene, the armor is in perfect condition, then later when he tells Kate to remove it because he can't breath, it is bent again.
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When the starter waves the flag before the first lance in the final joust, his hands reverse positions between shots.
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In the parade over London Bridge Kate is to the right of William's horse in one shot, with other pages to her left, but in the next shot she is on the left next to the crowd.
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When William first sees Jocelyn and follows her into the church (on horseback) there is scaffolding around the door and men working on it. Two minutes later when he is ejected by the clergy, the scaffolding has gone.
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Before William begins his last run in the final joust he lashes his lance to his forearm, but before he starts the run he is holding his lance upright in his fist.
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After the lord of the fist joust presents the golden feather on the pillow to William, he continues holding the pillow out as William shows it to the crowd. In the next shot of him, his hands are empty and he is clapping them.
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In the final joust just before the first run, Adhemar shuts his helmet and you see a close up of his eyes through the slit. On the bottom right of the screen in this shot, you can see the top edge of his throat guard armor (and therefore its already attached to his helmet and shoulder). In the next shot however, his servant is seen affixing the throat guard to Adhemar.
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Jocelyn sits down twice during the final joust.
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In the final joust, the horse is wearing his old leather breast plate in a close-up, and in the next shot he's wearing the new metal one.
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In the final joust, Geoffrey sees that they need more time while Wat is strapping the lance to William's arm. He jumps up into the stand to make his introduction, which he does from the arm of the prince's chair. But in a reaction shot of John Thatcher, the arms are entirely Chaucer-free.
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When Will is in the stocks and the prince reveals himself, one of the guards behind him pulls out his sword twice.
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In several of the jousting scenes, William's horse goes from being a red roan to a bay and back again.
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The first time William jousts Adhemar, the sky jumps from being overcast to a cloudless sunny day between shots.
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Right before William is told, instead of losing, to win the tournament for Jocelyn, William asks Wat if he remembers the church when they were kids. Wat's hair then changes from being down his forehead, to pushed back, between the shots.
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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.
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In the scene for the final joust, between long shots and close ups, Jocelyn's arm changes from being through the father's arm to resting beside it several times.
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When William is in the stocks and Prince Edward makes himself known, Roland is shown with his head bowed and stick held down. A close up shot then shows Roland with the stick on his shoulder, as if he is ready to strike the Prince. Then, a wide shot is shown, as the Prince is approaching the stocks, Roland is shown in the original, docile position.
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In the sword competition, each man is allowed 10 blows (swings) to strike his opponent. William wins the only one that is shown. But, they only show him giving 9 blows instead of 10.
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When we first meet Chaucer walking naked on the road, the dirt, bruises & scrapes change from shot to shot.
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When Will/Ullrich is being encouraged to run away, his gorget and shoulder plate exchange positions several times.
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Factual errors 

Although the movie is set in roughly the 14th century, one of the French characters is called "Quasimodo" as an insult when Will's friends are betting on him in the bar. Victor Hugo, whose story the name Quasimodo comes from, was not born until 1802.
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When Count Adhemar comes to visit William in jail, he says, "He that strives to touch the stars, oft stumbles at a straw." He is quoting Edmund Spenser's poem The Shepheardes Calender, published in 1579. The story is only loosely set during the 14th century, but is off on this one by over 200 years.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

This is a satirical romance, not a historical documentary. While nominally set in the middle of the 14th century (when Edward the Black Prince and Geoffrey Chaucer were active), it freely amalgamates the costume, custom and slang of many different centuries to create a unique world. The Chaucer character (who mentions his signature Canterbury Tales) bears almost no resemblance to his historical counterpart. Matte replicas of the London Eye and the Eiffel Tower are included to drive home the anachronistic intentions.

Revealing mistakes 

Sir Ector, the knight for whom William has squired since childhood, is played by a different actor when he is seen dead at the beginning of the movie and alive during William's flashback scenes.
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In the final joust, the camera comes in for a close up on William, where you can see the bobby pins above his ear holding his hair back.
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Several shots during the final joust have an over-exposed, milky appearance caused when a camera assistant dropped and split a film magazine on the final day of shooting.
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The reflection of Jocelyn's face is obviously composited onto the holy water font at the church as it would require her to be floating above the font in order to create that reflection.
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During the Parade in London, you can see that stand-ins are used for Roland, Geoff, and Kate when they are marching with William's standards in the long shots, rather than the actual actors.
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Chaucer has cloth stuffed up his left nostril to stop a nosebleed, which switches to the right side in one shot, and then back to the left again. Looking closely, it appears that the film has been reversed to keep the direction of movement constant as Chaucer backs away from Will - leaving it would have created a more jarring error.
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As William is testing his new armor for the first time, he gets a beam thrown to his chest. In this stunt a stand-in is used. You can see the color of his hair change from blond to brown.
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