William: I'll ride in his place.
Roland: What's your name, William? I'm asking you William Thatcher, to answer me with your name? It's not Sir William. It's not count, or duke or earl William. It's certainly not King William.
William: I'm aware of that.
Roland: You have to be of noble birth to compete!
William: A detail. The landscape is food. Do you want to eat or don't you?
Roland: If the nobles find out who you are there'll be the devil to pay.
William: Then pray that they don't.
It's a movie about the joust. That's cool right there. Then you have a cast that knows how to have a good time. It is a fun sports movie, set in medieval times, not taking itself seriously, which is obvious from the interesting and fun choice in using classic rock songs in place of another decent/boring period film soundtrack.
Here's a story about some common folk wanting to do more with their lives. They consist of Alan Tudyk, Mark Addy, and Heath Ledger, as the competitor. Ledger poses as a knight to compete in a jousting tournament, in order to make money. During this time, the group encounters a certain writer, played by Paul Bettany, who becomes their official announcer, a female blacksmith, and the bad guy, Rufus Sewell, who's purpose if of course to get the girl and win the prize from Ledger.
Mix in a couple of hot chicks, and here's a fun summer movie with good jousting action. The hot chicks in question is Shannyn Sossamon and her servant/friend.
The movie is just a joy to watch. Writer/Director Brian Helgeland, who has an assortment of credits (LA Confidential, Payback, Man on Fire) has made an interesting period movie that has action, romance, all working to a sports movie plot that works.
Chaucer: Very good.
William: Was she watching? Geoff.
William: Did she see me?
Chaucer: Yes, she saw you.
William: Did she see me take the hit?
Chaucer: Yes, she saw you take the hit.
William: Well, was she concerned?
Chaucer: It was dreadful, her eyes welled up, it was awful.