Lateral view radiographs of ten autopsy knees were used to determine the orientation of the patellar ligament, patella and quadriceps tendon relative to tibia and femur at different flexion-extension angles (0-120 degrees) of the knee. The results show a linear relationship between the angle of flexion and the movement of the patellar ligament relative to the tibia and of the movement of the patella relative to tibia and femur. There is a non-linear relationship between angle of flexion and the movement of the quadriceps tendon relative to the patellar ligament, patella and femur. The angular changes between patella and patellar ligament are negligible. The complicated movements of the distal part of the quadriceps femoris muscle may significantly influence biomechanical parameters such as the forces acting at the patella and tibial tuberosity.