A Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale (2001)

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Corrected entry: Count Adhemar claims he commands a Free Company in the south of France. The Free Companies were mercenaries who refused to disband when they were "de-mobbed" and then marauded the country. They were called "Free Companies" because they had no leader.


Correction: This is not true. One of the best known of the free companies was the "White Company" who were led by Sir John Hawkwood. They weren't sworn to a feudal lord, but had their own leader.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Heath Ledger is talking to the girl who knows his father, the camera is facing him and there is no rain falling around him. In the next shot, he walks toward the girl to sit next to her to tell her a 'secret' and there is rain all around him again.

Correction: There is an archway above blocking the rain, so whether we see rain falling depends on the angle, and whether the archway is on top of the background or behind our view.

Corrected entry: When Heath and his crew are entering into the World Championships, we hear the crowd begin to chant Ulrich's name, but if you look at the crowd in the background, they are simply yelling, and their mouths are not in sync with the chanting at all.

Correction: There's a lot of crowd stretched along many streets. If you've ever been to a modern sporting event you'll know that a few people can make their chant heard over many others. Isn't it possible that the people not near Ulrich are shouting for him and those we see are cheering randomly because they have finally seen him?

Corrected entry: When knights jousted, they would only ride on the left-hand side of the barrier as it was easier to hit their opponent. In this film, they only seem to right ride on the right-hand side of the barrier.

Correction: No, the knights would ride with the barrier on their left, meaning the right-hand side of the barrier. It's much easier to balance the lance by aiming to the left than to try to hold the lance in your right hand and hit something on your right.

Corrected entry: During the last joust of the movie William is injured but when the joust is finished he hops right over the fence using his injured arm as support, and appears unaffected by the injury.

Correction: If you pay close attention to the scene, you notice that although his injured arm is touching the rail, most of his weight is on his other hand.

Corrected entry: At the end of the last jousting scene, William is stabbed in the shoulder with a lance, but there's no hole in his shirt, only blood.

Correction: If you look closely, there is a hole, it is small, but it is there. Apparently only the very tip actually entered his body, but the whole thing got stuck in his armour.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jocelyn turns the scarf for William in her hands you can see that it is a light yellow one without embroidery. In a later scene where Christiane brings the scarf to William it is another one with yellow embroidery on it. (00:45:20 - 00:49:10)

Correction: There is nothing to suggest the two scarves are meant to be the same. We see Jocelyn folding a piece of cloth, but she never says anything about it being meant for Ulric/William. The next day it turns out she has sent a different scarf with Christiane. To say that the two are supposed to be identical is the submitter's assumption.


Corrected entry: The Marks of Kate's trade are not the same when she was seen creating them and then when they are pointed out on Sir Ulrich's armour. (01:00:35)


Correction: I just watched this several times, and the marks look completely alike.


Corrected entry: Roland (Mark Addy) tells Christiana (Jocelyn's handmaiden) that Will's tunic will be green, and he and the rest of the clan glare at the tent. However, the tunic Roland actually makes is not made out of the same material; it's green, but not the same pattern or anything.


Correction: It is never stated specifically that they used the outer tent walls (which would most likely be too stiff and heavy) for the tunic. In the scene where Jocelyn visits "Ulrich" in his tent, we see that the inner walls of the tents are made from a softer and lighter fabric. It is possible they used this for the tunic.


Corrected entry: In the opening sequence when the captions come up "In medieval times, a new sport emerged...", we see a knight being knocked off his horse in a joust. The knight being knocked off is wearing Heath Ledger's original suit of armor. (You can tell by the shield he is holding - it has the three phoenixes on it.)

Correction: The knight mentioned is the one that dies in the movie, and Heath Ledger takes the armor off of the corpse and wears it himself, so obviously it is the same armor.

Continuity mistake: On the jousting scene where William loses his helmet, he has a monstrous bruise under his right eye (in the late afternoon). That night at the banquet, there is no trace of the bruise. So far as I know, even a black eye doesn't completely heal that quickly. (00:49:50 - 00:55:25)

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Chaucer: Are you mad? You knowingly endanger a member of the royal family?
William: He knowingly endangers himself.

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Question: In the trivia section it says that an extra scene was after the credits. What was it about?

Answer: Kate, Roland, Wat and Chaucer having a farting contest.

Grumpy Scot

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