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A Knight's Tale
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Columbia
(July 3rd, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release. A song compilation inspired by the film was released one week prior.
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Buy it... only if you want the instrumental companion album to a song compilation that so faithfully (and better) represented the stupidity of this film.

Avoid it... if you expect Carter Burwell's score to suffice in its representation of the era and locale, or even if you're looking for anything better than mediocre fanfares.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #280
WRITTEN 7/18/01, REVISED 10/12/08
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A Knight's Tale: (Carter Burwell) Was this a Mel Brooks farce? Or was A Knight's Tale actually meant to be taken seriously? Given the level of blatant stupidity on display in writer, producer, and director Brian Helgeland's numb-brained film, it's hard to believe that it wasn't intended to make people laugh at it. The story of a young jousting competitor who masquerades as a knight so that he can compete across the venues of France in the Middle Ages sadly neglects all the nasty elements of life during that time. Instead, audiences are treated to a film that tries to adapt the modern sports genre into an inappropriate location and time, yielding critical disdain across the board in the summer of 2001 while forming, with the help of lead actor Heath Ledger, a loyal fanbase of younger viewers who didn't care about the obviously laughable premise. One of the very worst aspects of the film is its soundtrack, which places modern rock classics like "Taking Care of Business", "The Boys are Back in Town," and "We Will Rock You," among others, in situations that defy logic. The film's disgraceful attempt to inject a historical period with modern teenage hunks and electric guitars was also a nightmare in the making for its original score. The ridiculous nature of the story was destined to place any composer in a difficult position, forcing him to balance the traditional sounds of the time with the modern edge that studio producers were seeking. After all, who would mind if a large, medieval brass fanfare is accompanied by a wailing electric guitar? Continuing to take on surprising assignments at the time, Carter Burwell was fresh off of a severe critical beating for his unconventional music for Blair Witch 2. Undoubtedly, A Knight's Tale was thankfully very much closer to the mainstream than Burwell often treads, but even here his individuality remains. In the end, however, the score fails for the same reason as the general soundtrack that included the songs. The cultural identity crisis simply cannot be overlooked. Serious film score fans should disregard these transgressions of commercialized stupidity as nonsense and move on, and, come to think of it, the fact that this score even made it onto its own album is something of a surprise.



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2,019 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.48 Stars
***** 348 5 Stars
**** 148 4 Stars
*** 294 3 Stars
** 578 2 Stars
* 651 1 Stars
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John Bennett - April 23, 2007, at 9:55 a.m.
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Newest: June 4, 2009, at 5:38 p.m. by
Richard Kleiner
songs list
Gabri - March 23, 2006, at 2:34 p.m.
1 comment  (1743 views)
i love the movie
Erika - March 3, 2006, at 7:25 a.m.
1 comment  (1436 views)
Music from church and jousting
Danielle Burt - September 20, 2004, at 6:22 p.m.
1 comment  (1540 views)
Choir
Paul - September 24, 2003, at 9:07 a.m.
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The letter he sends to the girl?   Expand >>
Jamie - April 17, 2003, at 11:08 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:19
• 1. Nemesis (4:30)
• 2. Cooked Patents (1:42)
• 3. A New Worship (1:54)
• 4. Apprenticed (3:21)
• 5. A Lance Without Target (3:00)
• 6. St. Vitus' Dance (Smithy Mix) (1:50)
• 7. To Run or Not to Run (4:13)
• 8. Modo Niger (1:15)
• 9. Dark Watch (0:43)
• 10. Guinevere Comes to Lancelot (3:19)
• 11. Cheapside Promenade (0:51)
• 12. Follow Your Feet (3:13)
• 13. Love Reflects (1:13)
• 14. The Showdown (6:47)
• 15. St. Vitus' Dance (Grog Mix)* (3:01)
* not contained in film - contains dialogue

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note about Burwell from the director of the film.
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