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A KNIGHT'S TALE
USA & UK: Columbia TriStar
Cast: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser, Christopher Cazenove, Berenice Bejo, James Purejoy, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Nick Brimble, Leagh Conwell
Director: Brian Helgeland
UK: 132 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for action violence, some nudity and brief sex-related dialogue
UK Certificate: PG contains frequent jousting, and mild horror and language
USA Release Date: 11 May 2001
UK Release Date: 31 August 2001
William is the son of a poor thatcher and in 14th century Europe fortunes are not made, they are predestined. But one day, at a medieval jousting tournament, where knights race toward each other in tests of skill and nerve, fate deals the unheralded William a shot at the ring. Before long he has reinvented himself, exploding into noble superstar Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland to the sounds of thunderous hoof beats, the rising roar of the crowd and an infusion of popular music.
William (Heath Ledger) and his band of medieval misfits, including Roland (Mark Addy), Wat (Alan Tudyk) take to the road and meet unemployed writer Geoff Chaucer (Paul Bettany). Part road trip, part romance, part exuberant action-adventure, A KNIGHT'S TALE is a rich, romantic, raucous ride during which William, a young squire embarks on a quest to change his stars, win the heart of an exceedingly fair maiden, Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon) and rock his medieval world.