Cinema surveillance images are loading at the bottom of the page

A knight's tale - Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Paul Bettany, Brian Helgeland

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

A knight's tale is the rousing story of lowborn William Thatcher's (Heath Ledger) quest to change his stars, win the heart of Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), an exceedingly fair maiden, and rock his medieval world.

A knight's tale finds William facing the ultimate test of medieval gallantry - tournament jousting - and trying to discover if he is the stuff of which legends are made.

Follow this fearless Squire and his band of medieval misfits - soft-hearted Roland (Mark Addy), hot-headed Wat (Alan Tudyk), Kate The Blacksmith (Laura Fraser) and an unknown writer named Geoff Chaucer (Paul Bettany) - as they careen their way toward impossible glory in a story that's part romance, part road trip and part exuberant swashbuckler.

Theatrical propaganda posters

A knight's tale image

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film adventure medieval knight joust romance comedy

Persons of interest

  • Heath Ledger .... William Thatcher
  • Leagh Conwell .... Young William
  • Shannyn Sossamon .... Jocelyn
  • Rufus Sewell .... Count Adhemar
  • Mark Addy .... Roland
  • Alan Tudyk .... Wat
  • Laura Fraser .... Kate
  • Paul Bettany .... Geoff Chaucer
  • Roger Ashton-Griffiths .... Bishop of Rouen
  • Bérénice Bejo
  • Nick Brimble .... Sir Ector
  • Scott Handy .... Germaine
  • James Purefoy .... Colville
  • Chris Cazenove .... John Thatcher
  • Steve O'Donnell .... Simon the Summoner
  • Jonathan Slinger .... Peter the Pardoner
  • Brian Helgeland .... Screenwriter
  • Brian Helgeland .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

Heath Ledger will knock you off your seat. From Squire to Knight to criminal to Knight again, A knight's tale is guaranteed to make you laugh. With Robbie Williams' We are the champions music video and the opening We will rock you scene you have to wonder if it's more comedy than action romance but it's definitely worth the money you pay to see it.

I really like the bit where Heath switches between an American accent, an Australian accent and an English accent without realising it. Especially since almost everyone else is speaking with a pommie accent. I also liked the double meeting between William and the Count. Cheats never prosper.

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ye olde popcorne.

A knight's tale is a vehicle for Heath ledger to cement his niche in the 12-25 demographic for girls and gay guys (and their straight boyfriends who can dream about being him rather than having him); that smouldering poster is a definite sign of a chick flick, not an action extravaganza. Not that A knight's tale is without its action bits, it's just that they're there for show, kind of like the crash scenes in Driven.

You'll also get to hear why the makers of The patriot let Heath go with his native Australian accent: he can't hold anything else for more than a few seconds. Brian should've spotted this and done the same thing. Oh well, no-one is going to see A knight's tale on the strength of Heath's acting ability. It's entertainment fluff for the whole family with very obvious good guys, bad guys and a veritable platoon of comedy sidekicks. Party on, dudes.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single sided, dual layer
  • Features:
    • Commentary: Brian Helgeland, Paul Bettany
    • Deleted scenes: 6 with optional introduction by the filmmakers
    • DVD-ROM: includes weblink and 3d screensaver
    • Featurettes:
      • Behind-the-scenes: 11 including Music, Costumes, History of jousting, Heath Ledger profile
      • Making of the movie with cast and crew interviews
    • Music video: We are the champions by Robbie Williams and Queen
    • Trailers: Theatrical, bonus
    • Talent profiles
  • Languages: English
  • Picture disc
  • Picture: Widescreen (2.35:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, Hindi

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence, adult themes)

Surveillance time

127 minutes (2:07 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 August 2001
DVD rental: 20 March 2002
VHS rental: 20 March 2002

Cinema surveillance images

A knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale imageA knight's tale image

[ Return to top ]