A Knight's Tale

Synopsis: Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the early life of William Marshall (later First Earl of Pembroke), this is the story of William, a young squire with a gift for jousting. After his master dies suddenly, the squire hits the road with his cohorts Roland and Wat. On the journey, they stumble across an unknown writer, Chaucer. William, lacking a proper pedigree, convinces Chaucer to forge genealogy documents that will pass him off as a knight. With his newly-minted history in hand, the young man sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition, and finds romance along the way.
Director(s): Brian Helgeland
Production: Columbia Pictures
  4 wins & 10 nominations.
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132 min

We're peasants. Glory and riches|are beyond our grasp.

But a full stomach?|That dream can come true.

If you can take your coins,|go eat cake in England.

But if you can't, you come with me.

See how hungry I am?!

- Do you?!|- Damn your stomach, Wat!

Roland, please.

With 1 3 silver pieces,|three men can change their stars.

God love you, William.

I know, I know. No one else will.


- I think he's getting worse.|- He is getting worse.



You see how dangerous it is?

Faster! Faster!|All right, use those legs!

Come on, Roland. Faster! Faster!

You missed it.

You've done it dozens of times.

Well, I guess that means|we should do it again.

Come on.

Come on, ponies.

Fong him.

Faster. Balance.

No, slower. Keep it steady.

I got it! Look, I got it!

Any minute now.

- Yes, better.|- Nice.

- It's my turn to ride.|- No.

We haven't reached the marker.|And you shouldn't.

How would it look if my squire rode|while I walked?

I don't give a witch's teat!|It's my turn! It's my turn!

Maybe nobody should ride.|The horse is not what he used to be.

Fine. Fine.


Hoy, sir.

What are you doing?


You know, trudging? To trudge?

To trudge the slow, weary...

...depressing, yet determined walk|of a man who had nothing left...

...except the impulse to simply|soldier on.

Were you robbed?

Interesting question. Yes.

And at the same time,|a huge, resounding, "No."

It's more a sort of involuntary|vow of poverty, really.

But on the brighter side,|trudging does represent pride.

Pride, resolve and faith|in the good Lord Almighty.

Please, Christ, rescue me|from my tribu-...


Who are you?

Lilium inter spinas.

The lily among the thorns.

Geoffrey Chaucer's the name.|Writing's the game.


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Brian Helgeland

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland also wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson, and Legend (2015), about the rise and fall of the Kray twins. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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