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A Knight's Tale (2001)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Romance


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After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

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8 August 2004 | alancrennell
If you want to watch a serious film, don't watch this!
Totally unbelievable.

Chronologically, historically and geographically incorrect.

Full of innumerable inaccuracies and made up of a cast who talk as though they are not from the same continent, let alone the same country! What more can I say?

I tell you what I can say, I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! I laughed from beginning to end and was enraptured by the sense of friendship that these people displayed.

I only wish we could all be like them!

I loved it.

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Trivia

The expression "it's sixes and sevens" is used in its gambling context by Simon the Summoner to get Geoffrey Chaucer to gamble. The phrase is derived from the game of dice, and originally appeared in print in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, 1374. It means "to carelessly risk one's entire fortune".


Quotes

William: Should we help him?


Goofs

In the final shot, when Jocelyn embraces William, the back of her dress is seen. The overlap portion of a center back zipper is clearly visible.


Crazy Credits

As the first credits appear, the camera swings to show a constellation behind William and Jocelyn. The constellation is Orion, the Hunter. Jocelyn refers to William as the Hunter before she learns his name.


Alternate Versions

The DVD includes six extended/deleted scenes:

  • A scene of Will, Roland and Wat around a campfire during the training, where Will comes up with the idea for sir Ulrich's crest: a phoenix. Wat and Roland say there should be three phoenixes, since there's three of them.
  • Lord Adhemar's original introduction scene, where he slaps around one of his servants while having his armor fitted, and reference is made to the "triple phoenix" design of Sir Ulrich's crest.
  • Chaucer giving another substantial introduction for Sir Ulrich, similar to the first one, right before his match with Lord Adhemar. He berates Adhemar's herald before the speech; after the speech, Adhemar's herald appears impressed, which leads to his imitation of Chaucer's style later in the film.
  • When Adhemar leaves the dance, we find out the reason for his pained expression; in a deleted scene, he reveals to a monk that he is tone-deaf, and has never been able to hear music as anything more than noise. Adhemar then strides out into the midst of the poor, waiting outside the castle for handouts, and starts a riot by throwing food and money into the crowd.
  • Another deleted scene has Will, Roland, Wat, and Kate seeing Chaucer walking back to their quarters naked again. They follow him, but it turns that he was fetching food for his wife, Phillipa (who is also naked), and had not lost his clothes gambling like they thought. They leave, laughing, and run into Jocelyn and Christiana. Christiana and Roland leave together (with a suggestion of romance), William and Jocelyn leave together, but when Wat holds out his hand for Kate, she just hands him a pastry and walks off. Wat says "Hey, Beautiful" to the pastry and walks off happy anyway.
  • The original version of the scene with William in the stocks is considerably longer, and has an extensive speech by Chaucer (which is probably his best in the film). Rather than having the crowd calmed by the appearance of Prince Edward, the crowd is converted by Chaucer's speech, and has already begun chanting "William, William!" by the time the Prince reveals himself. A much stronger version of the scene, but cut down in favor of having the Prince's role expanded.


Soundtracks

Further On Up the Road
Written by
Don D. Robey (as Don Robey) and Joe Veasey
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises

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Action | Adventure | Romance

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