After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.7/10 (67,865 voted)
Critic's Score: 54/100
Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell
Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the story of Ulrich von Lichtenstein, 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.
(as Berenice Bejo)
Young William Thatcher
Simon the Summoner
(as Steve O'Donnell)
Peter the Pardoner
He didn't make the rules. He was born to break them.
Release Date: 11 May 2001
Filming Locations: Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $16,511,391
(13 May 2001)
(29 July 2001)
Did You Know?
Heath Ledger knocked out one of director Brian Helgeland's front teeth with a broomstick when the two were demonstrating a jousting move. It was several months before Helgeland's mouth had healed enough to repair the damage. He says it was the only jousting injury during filming.
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.
Should we help him?
This comment is to counter those who have issue with modern rock and
other time problems being in this movie. This movie was designed to
entertain. It was NOT a historical piece and nowhere does it claim to
be one. This is the story of a boy who aspires to be more than what
society set out for him. The movie uses odd references to history's
great figures and humor to bring its story across to the viewer. So I
say that, for those of you who cannot enjoy a piece of entertainment
due to its well placed use of anachronisms, I strongly suggest you stay
away from any of Shakespeare's works. (Not to say that this movie was
on level with Shakespeare…) The makers of "A Knight's Tale" set out
to entertain, and did so dutifully.