A Knight's Tale (2001)
Front Cover Actor
Heath Ledger Sir William Thatcher/Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein of Gelderland
Mark Addy Roland, Sir William's Squire
Rufus Sewell Count Adhemar of Anjou
Shannyn Sossamon Jocelyn
Paul Bettany Geoffrey Chaucer, Sir William's Herald
Laura Fraser Kate the Ferrier
Alan Tudyk Wat Falhurst, Sir William's Squire
Bérénice Bejo Christiana
Scott Handy Germaine
James Purefoy Sir Thomas Colville/Edward, the Black Prince of Wales
Leagh Conwell Young William Thacher
Christopher Cazenove John Thatcher, William's Father
Steve O'Donnell Simon The Summoner of Rouen
Jonathan Slinger Peter The Pardoner of Rouen
Nick Brimble Sir Ector
Karel Dobry Flanders King of Arms
Philip Lenkowsky Rouen King of Arms
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Old Bishop
Petr Meissel Sword Official
Matthew Mills Colville's Herald
Daniel Rous Local Earl Lagny
Vladimir Kulhavy Fence
Miroslav Mokos French Squire
Noel le Bon French Squire (as Noel Le Bon)
Scott Bellefeville French Squire
David Schneider Relic Seller
Rudolf Kubík Paris Master Of Arms
David Fisher London King Of Arms
David Sterne Retired Knight
Alice Connor Lone Girl in Cheapside
Alice Veselá Spy
Berwick Kaler Man In Stocks in flashback
Howie Lotker Lagny Master At Arms
Jan Kuzelka Smithee
Václav Krejcí Smithee
Jan Nemejovsky Smithee
Jakob Schwarz Blackbird Knight (uncredited)
Olivia Williams Phillipa Chaucer (DVD outtakes) (uncredited)
Movie Details
Genre Action; Comedy; Adventure
Director Brian Helgeland
Producer Todd Black; Brian Helgeland; Tim Van Rellim
Writer Brian Helgeland
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 132 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
There's no rule against rock anthems from the 1970s in the soundtrack for a movie about a medieval jousting champion, but if you're going to attempt such jarring anachronisms, you'd better establish acceptable ground rules. Writer-director Brian Helgeland does precisely that in A Knight's Tale and pulls off this trick with such giddy aplomb that you can't help but play along. (Upon witnessing a crowd of peasants at a jousting match, singing and clapping to the beat of Queen's "We Will Rock You," you're either going to love this movie or dismiss it altogether.) Other vintage rock hits will follow, but Helgeland--the Oscar®-winning cowriter of L.A. Confidential--handles this ploy with judicious goodwill, in what is an otherwise honest period piece about a peasant named William (Heath Ledger) who rises by grit and determination to the hallowed status of knighthood.

As if the soundtrack weren't audacious enough, Helgeland (recovering from the sour experience of his directorial debut, Payback) casts none other than Geoffrey Chaucer (wonderfully played by Paul Bettany) as William's cohort and match announcer, along with William's pals Roland (Mark Addy) and Wat (Alan Tudyk), and feisty blacksmith Kate (Laura Fraser). Of course there must be a fair maiden, and she is Jocelyn (newcomer Shannyn Sossamon), with whom William falls in love while battling the nefarious Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell) on the European jousting circuit. Add to this an inspiring father-son reunion, Ledger's undeniable charisma, a perfect supporting cast, and enough joyful energy to rejuvenate the film's formulaic plot, and A Knight's Tale becomes that most pleasant of movie surprises--an unlikely winner that rises up, like its hero, to exceed all expectations. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 81
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 043396061439
Release Date 2002
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Links
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