A Knight's Tale


Release Date 2001-03-08
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A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale is a 2001 adventure comedy film written, produced, and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer, and James Purefoy as Sir Thomas Colville/Edward, the Black Prince. The film follows the story of William Thatcher, a peasant masquerading as a knight, along with his companions in the world of medieval jousting. William poses as a knight and competes in tournaments, winning accolades and acquiring friendships with such historical figures as Edward, the Black Prince of Wales and Geoffrey Chaucer. The film takes its title from Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale" in his Canterbury Tales, though the plot is not especially similar. Garnering $117,487,473 with a budget of $65 million, it became successful at the worldwide box office and earned modest critical acclaim.

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Actors & Characters

Heath Ledger Heath Ledger William Thatcher William Thatcher
Rufus Sewell Rufus Sewell Count Adhemar Count Adhemar
Shannyn Sossamon Shannyn Sossamon Jocelyn Jocelyn
Paul Bettany Paul Bettany Chaucer Chaucer
Laura Fraser Laura Fraser Kate Kate
Mark Addy Mark Addy Roland Roland
Alan Tudyk Alan Tudyk Wat Wat
Bérénice Bejo Bérénice Bejo Christiana Christiana
Scott Handy Scott Handy Germaine Germaine
James Purefoy James Purefoy Colville Colville


Richard Greatrex Cinematography
Brian Helgeland Director
Kevin Stitt Editor
Carter Burwell Music
Brian Helgeland Producer
Todd Black Producer
Tim Van Rellim Producer
Brian Helgeland Writer