A Knight's Tale

Columbia Pictures Released 2001




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Movie Summary

Brian Helgeland

In the 14th century, William Thatcher is a lowly squire accompanying his lord, Sir Ector, as he competes in jousting tournaments. When his lord suddenly dies, William pretends to be Sir Ector so that he can finish the current competition and get enough money to go home. After he wins, William is suddenly inspired to "change his stars" by winning more competitions. Roland and Wat, Sir Ector's other squires, agree to help William hide his identity so he can keep competing in the aristocratic tournaments. Luckily, they meet Geoffrey Chaucer, a poet who agrees to make fake patents of nobility for William to show to tournament officials. William soon becomes a crowd favorite at the tournaments and falls in love with a noble woman named Jocelyn. However, an evil fellow competitor, Count Adehmar, is determined to find a way to destroy William and to take Jocelyn for his bride.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The picture itself is good-humored, but bland and predictable. It's a cross between an All-American vaudevillian version of "Shakespeare in Love" and Mel Brooks's "Robin Hood: Men ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    As advertised, A Knight's Tale does try to rock you. The problem is, it doesn't rock you nearly enough.

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Traditionalists and older viewers in general will scoff, while pop culture addicts will no doubt go with the flow.

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    • Production Budget - $65,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $56,569,702 (45th)
      Worldwide Gross - $117,487,473 (36th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $81,556,319
      Worldwide Adjusted fro 2013 - $169,381,233

    • Other Production Companies:
      Escape Artists
      Finestkind Productions
      Black and Blu Entertainment

    • An extended version of the movie runs 12 minutes longer.

    • Filmed entirely on location in the Czech Republic and at Barrandov Studios, Prague

    • Music:
      We Will Rock You
      Written by Brian May
      Performed by Queen
      Low Rider
      Written by Sylvester Allen, Harold Brown, Morris Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott and Jerry Goldstein
      Performed by War
      Takin' Care of Business
      Written by Randy Bachman
      Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
      Golden Years
      Written and performed by David Bowie
      Further on up the Road
      Written by Don Tobey and Joe Veasey
      Performed by Eric Clapton
      Get Ready
      Written by William Robinson jr
      Performed by Rare Earth
      I Want to take you Higher
      Written by Sylvester Stewart
      Performed by Sly & The Family Stone
      The Boys are Back in Town
      Written by Phil Lynott
      Performed by Thin Lizzy
      You Shook Me All Night
      Written by Brian Jones, Angus Young and Malcolm Young
      Performed by AC/DC
      We Are the Champions
      Written by Freddie Mercury
      Performed by Queen and Robbie Williams


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Historical, Love & Romance