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A Knight's Tale (2001)

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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.

Director:

Brian Helgeland

Writer:

Brian Helgeland
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4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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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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He didn't make the rules. He was born to break them. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de caballero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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| (extended)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The actor playing the younger version of William has different colored eyes. Brian Helgeland didn't feel it would be fair to make the young actor wear contact lenses. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) See more »

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One of our Own
By Carter Burwell
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Could've been an absolute bomb, but somehow magically works perfectly!
30 April 2001 | by kergillianSee all my reviews

this film is ridiculously unbelievable, thin on plot, shamefully predictable, historically inaccurate in so many ways...yet it all works! The combination of modern music to medieval setting should be awful, but no, it works! The costumes are totally wrong for the period (on purpose I'd hazard to guess - at one point Angelina Jolie lookalike Shannyn Sossamon is wearing a hat & dress outfit that looks startlingly similar to a costume Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman...) but it works! Heath Ledger is an Aussie (what happened to the black hair he had in 10 Things I Hate About You! I didn't recognize him!) and Alan Tudyk is a Texan, so their accents should have tanked! But they didn't, just a few slippages a la Mel Gibson in Braveheart or Jonny Lee Miller in Hackers...

This film is funny, fast-paced (certainly didn't *feel* over 2h...), well constructed, hilariously tongue-in-cheek (From the We Will Rock You opening scene to the Nike swooshes on the armor I couldn't stop laughing!) It certainly has its problems (including some *horribly* cheezy lines - most on purpose but that doesn't make them any less horrible! and an evil Hollywood ending - including a Bravheart-like scream of defiance in the final joust that made me cringe...) but those problems are overcome by sharp wit and consistent amusement. The actors were obviously enjoying themselves, and the action was beautifully blended in with the rest of the film. None of the jousting scenes were too long (like, say, the race in Phantom Menace...) and all were shot in such a way as to make them really exciting!

And I have to laud Paul Bettany who was an incredible and incredibly amusing Geoffrey Chaucer...even though he looks eerily similar, IMO, to Thom Yorke...)

Kudos to anyone who recognizes Laura Fraser (the blacksmith) from Man in the Iron Mask...

Overall: A great watch. I went in expecting little and came out extremely satisfied. Not the best film of its kind, but a head above most. And the blending of contemporary style and music and characterization with the medieval story/setting is really well done. It really shouldn't but it does work! 7/10.


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