Cover image for A knight's tale
Title:
A knight's tale
Author:
Van Rellim, Tim.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
The rousing story of lowborn Willian Thatcher's quest to change his stars, win the heart of an exceedingly fair maiden and rock his medieval world. Follow this fearless squire and his band of medieval misfits as they careen their way toward impossible glory that's part romance, part road trip and part exuberant swashbuckling.
General Note:
Special ed.; widescreen version

Videodisc release of the 2001 motion picture.

Special features: Digitally mastered audio; Brian Helgeland and Paul Bettany commentary; HBO making-of special; 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes; deleted scenes with filmmaker's intros; music video; theatrical trailers; filmographies; production notes; scene selection; website link; DVD-ROM features Knight's tale 3-D screensaver.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English

French
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13.
ISBN:
9780767863155
UPC:
043396061439
Format :
DVD

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This crowd-pleasing medieval adventure tale is very loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and colloquialisms with a period setting and characters. Heath Ledger stars as William Thatcher, a low-born 14th century squire who, in a fit of inspired spontaneity, replaces his deceased employer as the competitor at a jousting competition. Jousting is a pastime only permitted to knights, who are of noble birth, but Thatcher wins and decides to continue his new pursuits. With the help of his two fellow squire friends Wat and Roland (Alan Tudyk and Mark Addy) and none other than the gambling-addicted Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), Thatcher has soon adopted a false identity and is winning one joust after another on his way to a championship in London. His victories inspire the affection of a female fan, Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), and the ire of a competitor, Count Adehmar (Rufus Sewell), but Thatcher's ruse is threatened with exposure. A Knight's Tale is the sophomore directorial effort of acclaimed screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for his work on L.A. Confidential (1997) and debuted behind the camera with the troubled production of Payback (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


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School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Heartthrob Heath Ledger staring grimly from the book's cover, along with the promise of a 24-page photo album within, will insure the popularity of this selection about the popular movie. Those who actually read more than the captions will find an amusing fairy tale of a fearless peasant pretending to be a noble in order to compete in tournaments. The introduction by the film's screenwriter and director provides an interesting story of its conception, and the changes made in the script as it was shot and edited. Film students will pay special attention to the differences between the film released in theaters and the shooting script itself. An entertaining addition to the library shelves.-Jane S. Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.