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A Knight's Tale (2001)

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Critic Consensus: Once you get past the anachronism, A Knight's Tale becomes a predictable, if spirited, Rocky on horseback.

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This crowd-pleasing medieval adventure tale is very loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and colloquialisms with a period setting and characters. Heath Ledger stars as William Thatcher, a low-born 14th century squire who, in a fit of inspired spontaneity, replaces his deceased employer as the competitor at a jousting competition. Jousting is a pastime only permitted to knights, who are of noble birth, but Thatcher wins and decides to continue his new pursuits. With the help of his two fellow squire friends Wat and Roland (Alan Tudyk and Mark Addy) and none other than the gambling-addicted Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), Thatcher has soon adopted a false identity and is winning one joust after another on his way to a championship in London. His victories inspire the affection of a female fan, Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), and the ire of a competitor, Count Adehmar (Rufus Sewell), but Thatcher's ruse is threatened with exposure. A Knight's Tale is the sophomore directorial effort of acclaimed screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for his work on L.A. Confidential (1997) and debuted behind the camera with the troubled production of Payback (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Heath Ledger
as William
Rufus Sewell
as Count Adhemar
Paul Bettany
as Chaucer
Mark Addy
as Roland
Bérénice Bejo
as Christiana
Scott Handy
as Germaine
James Purefoy
as Edward, the Black Prince
Leagh Conwell
as Young William
Christopher Cazenove
as John Thatcher
Olivia Williams
as Phillipa Chaucer (uncredited)
Nick Brimble
as Sir Ector
Karel Dobry
as Flanders King of Arms
Philip Lenkowsky
as Rouen King of Arms
Petr Meissel
as Sword Official
Mathew Mills
as Colville's Herald
Daniel Rous
as Local Earl Lagny
Miroslav Mokos
as French Squire
Noel le Bon
as French Squire
Scott Bellefeuille
as French Squire
David Schneider
as Relic Seller
Rudolf Kubik
as Paris Master of Arms
David Fisher
as London Master of Arms
David Sterne
as Retired Knight
Alice Connor
as Lone Girl
Berwick Kaler
as Man in Stocks
Howie Lotker
as Lagny Master at Arms
Jan Kuzelka
as Smithee
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Critic Reviews for A Knight's Tale

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (45)

There are worse crimes than crowd pleasing, but at least do it with some finesse.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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Slightly edgy medieval tale with rock music.

December 21, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Whipping along at speed, with elaborate camera movements and rousing speeches, this knows how to engage a crowd. It's corny, of course, but a guilty pleasure: romantic, diverting, with mildly amusing modern gags.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

How nice then to discover one of the most refreshing and exuberantly entertaining films of the young summer season to come in a package that, at first glance, was hardly promising.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Minor grievances aside, this warped medieval yarn glides by on a funny, friendly, goofy sort of goodness.

March 10, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The kind of silly feel-good popcorn movie that film critics generally enjoy ripping apart, and mainstream audiences generally just enjoy.

May 9, 2002 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Knight's Tale

Even 15 years later you gotta applaud the idea of someone making a knight movie using rock songs, outlandish (female) hairdos and gowns so very naturally and is that was simply how medieval times played out. A brave attempt that worked out. It's a fun joust with great characters, seriously touching moments and plenty of good laughs. Blowing dust off old stereotypes yet lovingly using some of them just makes for a great ride.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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½

Ledger didn't rock me but it's still quite a good, enjoyable movie. Paul Bettany 's role as Chaucer was excellent. Loved the soundtrack and didn't mind the anachronisms.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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