Film of the Day: A Knight’s Tale (2001)

A Knight’s Tale
Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossaman, Mark Addy, Heath Ledger and Alan Tudyk star in this fantasy classic. Photo: Sony

In the 2001 movie that flung him into the spotlight, Heath Ledger plays William Thatcher, a commoner with dreams and intentions of becoming a knight. Once a squire he finds himself alone when his master dies and must replace him at a tournament. He wins, and decides to chase further victory in London.

Along the way he picks up Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany) upon whose The Knight’s Tale this film is loosely based. The poet helps him hide his humble roots, and further his promising career.

Brian Helgeland directs this fantastic classic that blends history with MTV style romance and early 2000s zest to create a fun, easy-to-watch experience.


A Knight’s Tale – Monday at 6.25pm on Film4