A Knight’s Tale

Sir William Thatcher: Heath Ledger
Count Adhemar: Rufus Sewell
Jocelyn: Shannyn Sossamon
Geoffrey Chaucer: Paul Bettany
Kate: Laura Fraser
Roland: Mark Addy
Wat: Alan Tudyk
Christiana: Bérénice Bejo
Germaine: Scott Handy
Sir Thomas Colville/Edward, the Black Prince of Wales: James Purefoy
Young William: Leagh Conwell
John Thatcher: Christopher Cazenove
Simon The Summoner: Steve O’Donnell
Peter The Pardoner: Jonathan Slinger
Sir Ector: Nick Brimble
Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Brian Helgeland. Written by Curtis Hanson
and Helgeland. Running time: 132 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for action violence, some nudity, and brief sex-related dialogue).

Central Theme
A person with a dream can overcome huge obstacles in achieving that dream
if they believe in themselves and never give up.

A Knight’s Tale is the story of William Thatcher’s quest to change his stars, win the heart of an exceedingly fair maiden and rock his medieval world. For lowborn William, the son of a poor thatcher, it seems incomprehensible that he could ever realize his foolish childhood dream of knighthood. In this day and age, upward mobility is not a common concept. In 14th century Europe, fortunes are not made — they are predestined. People die in the same station into which they are born. That is the natural order. But one day, at a medieval jousting tournament, where knights race toward each other in tests of skill and nerve and the strains of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ sets the pace with its prophetic lyrics, ‘gonna be a big man some day,’ fate deals the unheralded William a shot at the ring. Before long, with the help of his faithful friends, he has reinvented himself, exploding into noble superstar Ulrich von Lichtenstein of Gelderland, to the sounds of thunderous hoof beats, the rising roar of the crowd and an infusion of popular music. A subplot features the repeated redemption of a gambling-addicted Geoffrey Chaucer, earning Thatcher/von Lichtenstein the undying loyalty of the historic wordsmith. The movie plays medieval jousting in the modern sport mode, with the jousting leagues, tournaments, MVPs, trophies, concession stands, the Nike logo and even rabid fans covered in body paint chanting contemporary sports anthems. Fans lust for brutal competition and athletic heros. Children admire the jousters and dream that one day they will grow up to be like Ulrich von Lichtenstein. The church plays a small thematic role in the movie, as there are a few scenes set inside a cathedral.

Beliefs num
–If he believes enough, a man can do anything. A man can change his stars by believing in himself and overcoming obstacles.
–One’s class in society should not limit one’s dreams.
–The ‘good guy’ may get beat down, but he will eventually triumph and cheating is bad.
—-You get by with a little help from your friends.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Can a person with a dream overcome huge obstacles to achieve a dream? If so, then why do so few people achieve their dreams?
–Once we get into a comfort zone, why is it difficult to take risks?
–How big a role do financial pressures, family life and lifestyle play in a decision to follow a dream?
–Do we use the excuse of obstacles to mask the fact that we’re afraid to try and achieve our dreams because we’re afraid of failure?
–How much do being in the right place at the right time or actually having the talent needed have to do with reaching a dream?

Provocative Quotes byline
–If he believes enough, a man can do anything. A man can change his stars.
==William’s father
–Your beauty is a curse…God’s will has a purpose, though you may not know it.
==Priest to Jocelyn
–You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting. In what world could you possibly beat me?
==Count Adhemar to William
–What do you mean, dead? The spark of his life is smothered in shite. His spirit is gone but his stench remains. Dead!
==Wat and Roland, discovering their knightly master is deceased
–Where will we live? In my hovel? With the pigs inside during the winter so they won’t freeze?
Yes, William. With the pigs.
==William to Jocelyn, after it is revealed he is poor, and her response to him
–God love you, William.
I know, I know. ‘Cause no one else will.
==Roland to William, and his response
–Love has given me wings so I must fly.
–If I could ask God one thing, it would be to stop the moon. Stop the moon and make this night and your beauty last forever.
==William to Jocelyn

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