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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... William Thatcher
... Count Adhemar
... Jocelyn
... Geoffrey Chaucer
... Kate
... Roland
... Wat
... Christiana (as Berenice Bejo)
... Germaine
... Colville
Leagh Conwell ... Young William Thatcher
... John Thatcher
... Simon the Summoner (as Steve O'Donnell)
... Peter the Pardoner
... Sir Ector
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Storyline

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

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From peasant to knight; one man can change his stars See more »


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Rated PG-13 for action violence, some nudity and brief sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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11 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Corazón de caballero  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,511,391, 13 May 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,569,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,487,473
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Newsweek revealed in June 2001 that print ads for at least four movies released by Columbia Pictures, including this film and The Animal (2001), contained glowing comments from a film reviewer who did not exist. The fake critic, "David Manning," was created by a Columbia employee who worked in the advertising department. "Manning" was misrepresented as a reviewer for The Ridgefield Press, a real, small Connecticut weekly paper. See more »

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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. See more »

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

After the credits finish, Roland, Wat, Kate, and Geoffrey Chaucer have a flatulence contest/drinking game. Wat loses, but Kate is the obvious winner. See more »


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Written by Thomas Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown), Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott) and Jerry Goldstein
Performed by War (as WAR)
Courtesy of Avenue Records/Far Out Productions Inc.
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Makes Braveheart Look Historically Accurate
15 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "A Knight's Tale" by chance. A few of us had decided on an ad hoc visit to the local cinema and selected "A Knight's Tale" simply because it sounded the least "teen" movie on the bill. We slapped down our cash and took our seats.

The movie began...

A crowd of peasants are assembled to watch the jousting. And they're singing "We Will Rock You."

My initial response was "God, this is going to be bad."

But as the movie continued, it suddenly dawned on me - I wasn't hating the movie at all! On an intellectual level, I should have been booing and throwing stuff at the screen but there's something about the sheer verve and energy of "A Knight's Tale" that just drags you in on an emotional level.

A clever script with many modern references, a good cast of likeable characters and a fantastic soundtrack (the reveal of "Golden Years" is particularly good) all add up to make "A Knight's Tale" one of the most entertaining mainstream movies I've seen in a long time.

Normally I hate "popcorn" movies - not because I consider them "low brow" or an insult to the intelligence, but because they're shallow, tired and lack soul. Yet "A Knight's Tale" is different. No, it won't change your life and it won't make you ponder your place in the universe. But it will entertain you.

If you're looking for an "old fashioned" good vs. evil movie with a twist, or your copy of "The Princess Bride" is wearing thin, check out "A Knight's Tale."

8/10


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