PG certificateA Knight's Tale is a Film programme that first aired in 2001 and has been classified a PG certificate.

A Knight's Tale is a 3 star programme

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A Knight's Tale (2001)

Directed by
Brian Helgeland

Brian Helgeland's irreverent, romantic period adventure draws as much on MTV as it does derring-do, to rollicking good effect. Released in 2001, Heath Ledger plays Will Thatcher, a lowly squire with a problem: the knight he squires has just died, there's a tournament awaiting his arrival and he and the knight's two servants - Roland and Wat (Mark Addy and Alan Tudyk) - haven't eaten for days. Will knows how to joust but he's not high-born, a requirement to enter the lists. But if he could disguise himself as a knight and find someone to forge certificates of his lineage, then maybe he could get away with it...

Thanks to a chance encounter with a naked Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), the forgery is done and soon they're all on their way to fame and fortune. But Will is smitten by the beautiful Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon) while the undefeated champion, Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell) has both designs on her and doubts about Will's claims to nobility. At the World Championships in London, love, honour and revenge all come together...

Helgeland, best known as a screenwriter whose credits include L.A. Confidential and Mystic River, directed this medieval tale with his tongue firmly in his cheek: the opening credits see the crowd at the tournament singing along to Queen's We Will Rock You and doing a Mexican wave; and pedants after anachronisms will have a field day.

But they'd be missing the point; this is a fun film, one that the Python crew would have been proud of with the previously unknown Ledger making his mark as the star although Bettany almost steals it from him. The rest of the cast, from the villainous Sewell to the addled Addy, all look like they had fun making it, the jousting sequences are genuinely thrilling and, of course, good triumphs over evil.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2001

3/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Heath LedgerHeath Ledger...Sir William Thatcher
Image for Rufus SewellRufus Sewell...Count Adhemar of Anjou
Image for Shannyn SossamonShannyn Sossamon...Jocelyn
Image for Paul BettanyPaul Bettany...Geoffrey Chaucer
Laura Fraser...Kate the Farrier
Image for Mark AddyMark Addy...Roland
Image for Alan TudykAlan Tudyk...Wat Falhurst
Image for Bérénice BejoBérénice Bejo...Christiana
Scott Handy...Germaine
Image for James PurefoyJames Purefoy...Sir Thomas Colville
Leagh Conwell...Young William Thacher
Christopher Cazenove...John Thatcher
Steven O'Donnell...Simon The Summoner of Rouen
Jonathan Slinger...Peter The Pardoner of Rouen
Image for Nick BrimbleNick Brimble...Sir Ector