A Knight's Tale

  • Film
  • Period and swashbuckler films
The right to compete at jousting in the 14th century comes only by noble birth, but William (Ledger), a thatcher's son determined to realise a childhood dream of knighthood, reinvents himself as Ulric von Liechtenstein of Gelderland. He's soon travelling with a crowd of supporters and winning tournaments across Europe, to the chagrin of his rival Count Adhemar (Sewell). And though he displays little interest in the beautiful Lady Jocelyn - a regular spectator at tournaments and desperately coveted by Adhemar - she soon wins him over, so that he's fighting for her too. Whipping along at speed, with elaborate camera movements and rousing speeches, this knows how to engage a crowd. It's corny, of course, but a guilty pleasure: romantic, diverting, with mildly amusing modern gags. A medieval dance morphs into something funkier, a scrabbling crowd reaches for a flying helmet as if it were a Wimbledon ball, a shield momentarily displays a Nike sign, and crowds chant in French bars before a Paris tournament. But the film is also let down by soppy childhood flashbacks and a mostly gruesome rock soundtrack.

Release details

Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Brian Helgeland
Screenwriter: Brian Helgeland
Cast: Heath Ledger
Mark Addy
Rufus Sewell
Paul Bettany
Shannyn Sossamon
Alan Tudyk
Laura Fraser
Christopher Cazenove
Bérénice Bejo
James Purefoy

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Jill Scuffham

Abolutely love this! This is my new 'happy place' and I put it on whenever I want to relax, smile and cheer myself up! Bowie, Queen and the gorgeous James Purefoy as well! Pure magic. Escapism at its very best.

Jill Scuffham

Abolutely love this! This is my new 'happy place' and I put it on whenever I want to relax, smile and cheer myself up! Bowie, Queen and the gorgeous James Purefoy as well! Pure magic. Escapism at its very best.