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A Knight's Tale (2003)

Director, Brian Helgeland. Cast: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser, Christopher Cazenove, Berenice Bejo, James Purefoy. A peasant squire breaks all the rules when he passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the jousting world by storm. The only thing that stands between him and his dream of becoming the world champion is the bad boy of the sport Count Adhemar. The two rivals go lance to head at the world finals to determine who will be named the ultimate champion. 132 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Reviews and articles: Forni, Kathleen. "Reinventing Chaucer: Helgeland's A Knight's Tale." Chaucer Review: A Journal of Medieval Studies and Literary Criticism, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 253-64, 2003. Haydock, Nickolas A. "Arthurian Melodrama, Chaucerian Spectacle, and the Waywardness of Cinematic Pastiche in First Knight and A Knight's Tale." Studies in Medievalism, vol. 12, pp. 5-38, 2002. Jewers, Caroline. "Hard Days Knights: First Knight, A Knight's Tale, and Black Knight." In: The medieval hero on screen : representations from Beowulf to Buffy / edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray ; with a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004; PFA PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004) Toumarkine, Doris. "A Screenwriter's Tale: Brian Helgeland Gets Medieval with Story of Jousting Champ." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 5, pp. 14-16, 68, May 2001. Ramey, Lynn. "Chaucer's Man Show: Anachronistic Authority in Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale." In: Filming the Other Middle Ages Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])