A Knight's Tale

In the Middle Ages, before television or professional sports, there's only one form of competition to separate the men from the boys--jousting tournaments. William Thatcher (Heath Ledger), a poor and humble squire, has always dreamed of proving himself worthy as a knight in a jousting match. When he gets a lucky chance--seeing an opportunity to disguise himself in the identity of a knight--William decides to maintain the illusion for as long as possible. He is aided by his friends Wat (Alan Tudyk), Roland (Mark Addy), and Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany, in a role loosely based on the real storyteller)--a writer with a knack for forging official papers. Under his new title, Sir Ulrich of Liechtenstein, William wins tournaments and receives monetary awards. However, the only way for William to prove himself as truly noble--and win the heart of the beautiful Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon)--is to beat out all of his enemies, including the arrogant and undefeated Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell), in a series of jousts. Writer-director Brian Helgeland creates a unique blend of rousing adventure, comedy, and modern sensibility in A KNIGHT'S TALE, giving a contemporary make-over to the medieval genre with a soundtrack that includes hit songs from Queen, David Bowie, Sly & the Family Stone, and Thin Lizzy.

Loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' and set in the 14th Century this is the story of William Thatcher, a peasant squire, who has a real talent for jousting. During this time only Knights of noble birth are eligible to joust and so William enlists the help of his three friends Wat, Roland and Geoffrey to adopt a false identity and compete in high level competitions.

Review:

"...It's dazzling....And fun..."

24 May 2001
Rolling Stone

"...The easy charm of Ledger and the chemistry with his buddies make the training scenes a treat..."

1 September 2001
Total Film

"...[Bettany's] silver-tongued exaggerations of the jousting jock's brave deeds and mighty stature before each match are great fun..."

11 May 2001
USA Today

"...An impressive ensemble; there aren't many movies in which the actors use their voices so well, making each line reading memorable..."

11 May 2001
New York Times

"...A KNIGHT'S TALE delights in comparisons to present-day sport....[Bettany] is especially delightful..."

1 June 2001
Box Office

"...Sometimes great fun....Heath Ledger does handsome and sincere well..."

1 September 2001
Sight and Sound

Actor(s):
Laura Fraser Mark Addy Rufus Sewell Heath Ledger Paul Bettany Christopher Cazenove
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DVD

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Short Description

In the Middle Ages, before television or professional sports, there's only one form of competition to separate the men from the boys--jousting tournaments. William Thatcher (Heath Ledger), a poor and humble squire, has always dreamed of proving himself worthy as a knight in a jousting match. When he gets a lucky chance--seeing an opportunity to disguise himself in the identity of a knight--William decides to maintain the illusion for as long as possible. He is aided by his friends Wat (Alan Tudyk), Roland (Mark Addy), and Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany, in a role loosely based on the real storyteller)--a writer with a knack for forging official papers. Under his new title, Sir Ulrich of Liechtenstein, William wins tournaments and receives monetary awards. However, the only way for William to prove himself as truly noble--and win the heart of the beautiful Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon)--is to beat out all of his enemies, including the arrogant and undefeated Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell), in a series of jousts. Writer-director Brian Helgeland creates a unique blend of rousing adventure, comedy, and modern sensibility in A KNIGHT'S TALE, giving a contemporary make-over to the medieval genre with a soundtrack that includes hit songs from Queen, David Bowie, Sly & the Family Stone, and Thin Lizzy.

Loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' and set in the 14th Century this is the story of William Thatcher, a peasant squire, who has a real talent for jousting. During this time only Knights of noble birth are eligible to joust and so William enlists the help of his three friends Wat, Roland and Geoffrey to adopt a false identity and compete in high level competitions.

Review:

"...It's dazzling....And fun..."

24 May 2001
Rolling Stone

"...The easy charm of Ledger and the chemistry with his buddies make the training scenes a treat..."

1 September 2001
Total Film

"...[Bettany's] silver-tongued exaggerations of the jousting jock's brave deeds and mighty stature before each match are great fun..."

11 May 2001
USA Today

"...An impressive ensemble; there aren't many movies in which the actors use their voices so well, making each line reading memorable..."

11 May 2001
New York Times

"...A KNIGHT'S TALE delights in comparisons to present-day sport....[Bettany] is especially delightful..."

1 June 2001
Box Office

"...Sometimes great fun....Heath Ledger does handsome and sincere well..."

1 September 2001
Sight and Sound

Product details

Subtitle:
(Superbit) (Wide Screen)
Rating:
PG
Subtitles:
Dutch;English;Hindi
Duration (sec):
7620
Director:
Brian Helgeland
Special Features:
Superbit
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region 2

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Best movie EVER!!!!

Luv the cast, luv the music, luv the story - all round AWESOME!!!!

A Knight's Tale

Very good

Epic!!!

This movie is set in medievil times.Its about a poor mans son,William Thatcher who grows up and learns to Joust. He pretends that he is noble descent and Christins himself :Orrick Von Lichtenstein. To his delight,he is extremely succesful at Jousting and he wins many tournaments on the road to the final.He catches the eye of the Beaiutiful Joslyn and the two fall in love. A truly heart warming movie.

What a delight

I saw the trailer to this and thought 'what a waste of time', but the purchased it by accident! To my surprise I enjoyed it immensely! I found it to be funny and very cleverly done. The mix of medieval with modern is great - I imagine that the time might have been something like this with their own form of music. I enjoyed the music chosen and found it added to the whole experience! The story is well told and it has action as well as love, with a good mix of humour. I have passed it on to all my family, who have also enjoyed it so much I fear I might not get the DVD back!

 

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