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
In the movie, Chaucer uses the phrase "gilding the lily". The real Chaucer died in the year 1400. However, the first documented reference of the phrase is from the USA in 1895. It probably derives from a Shakespeare's play "King John" written in the mid 1590s and first published in 1623 in the First Folio where Shakespear writes "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily". See more »
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 »
"A Knight's Tale" is a wonderful story of a group of friends who fight, train, and love as they are led by William (Ledger)in his quest to "change his stars" and become a knight. Tongue-in-cheek humor is administered throughout, much of it appropriately timed. The cast is superior (observe Bettany's mastering of his craft), as they are believable and likable. Casenove's performance as John Thatcher is superb and touching. Not to be taken too seriously, this movie will please if viewed for what it is- an action comedy. Keep watching after the credits for a funny clip ;). Also recommended: First Knight, King Arthur (2004), Rob Roy, Braveheart, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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