A Knight's Tale

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Columbia Pictures Released 2001

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Director:
Brian Helgeland
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13

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.

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  • 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

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        Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
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        Written and performed by David Bowie
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        Written by Don Tobey and Joe Veasey
        Performed by Eric Clapton
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        Written by William Robinson jr
        Performed by Rare Earth
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        Performed by Sly & The Family Stone
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        Written by Phil Lynott
        Performed by Thin Lizzy
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        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