A Knight's Tale

May 11, 2001 0 By Fans
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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.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.7/10 (67,865 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Brian Helgeland

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.


Heath Ledger

William Thatcher

Rufus Sewell

Count Adhemar

Shannyn Sossamon


Paul Bettany

Geoffrey Chaucer

Laura Fraser


Mark Addy


Alan Tudyk


Bérénice Bejo


(as Berenice Bejo)

Scott Handy


James Purefoy


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

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

Budget: $41,000,000


Opening Weekend: $16,511,391
(13 May 2001)
(2980 Screens)

Gross: $56,083,966
(29 July 2001)

Technical Specs



(extended version)

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.


[first lines]

Should we help him?

User Review


Rating: 9/10

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.