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A Knight's Tale Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Brian Helgeland (1997) and debuted behind the camera with the troubled production of Brian Helgeland (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:May 8, 2001

Cast

Heath Ledger
as William Thatcher
Mark Addy
as Roland
Rufus Sewell
as Count Adhemar
Paul Bettany
as Chaucer
Shannyn Sossamon
as Jocelyn
Alan Tudyk
as Wat
Laura Fraser
as Kate
Christopher Cazenove
as John Thatcher
Bérénice Bejo
as Christiana
James Purefoy
as Colville
Olivia Williams
as Phillipa Chaucer (uncredited)

Crew

Brian Helgeland
Director
Brian Helgeland
Producer
Todd Black
Producer
Tim Van Rellim
Producer
Brian Helgeland
Screenwriter
Richard Greatrex
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Kevin Stitt
Editor
Tony Burrough
Production Designer
John Hill
Art Director
Vaclav Vohlidal
Set Designer
Jan Vohlidal
Set Designer
Dominic Smithers
Set Designer
Jiri Zucek
Set Designer
Mark Kebby
Set Designer
Jiri Zucek
Set Decorator
Dominic Smithers
Set Decorator
Caroline Harris
Costume Designer
Mark Holding
Sound/Sound Designer
Jiri Ostry
First Assistant Director
Guy Travers
First Assistant Director
Gilly Poole
Casting
Suzanne Crowley
Casting
Francine Maisler
Casting
Jiri Ostry
Second Assistant Director
Joseph Boyle
Line Producer
Ervin Sanders
Additional Cinematography
Ervin Sanders
Second Unit Camera
Allan Graf
Stunts Coordinator
Allan Graf
Second Unit Director
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