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17 June 1946 (USA) See more »
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Laurence Olivier's Presentation in Technicolor of Henry V
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Adaptation of Shakespeare's history play in which the young Henry V seeks to conquer France. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Leslie Banks ... Chorus
Felix Aylmer ... Archbishop of Canterbury

Robert Helpmann ... Bishop of Ely
Vernon Greeves ... The English Herald
Gerald Case ... Earl of Westmoreland
Griffith Jones ... Earl of Salisbury
Morland Graham ... Sir Thomas Erpingham
Nicholas Hannen ... Duke of Exeter
Michael Warre ... Duke of Gloucester

Laurence Olivier ... King Henry V of England
Ralph Truman ... Mountjoy - The French Herald

Ernest Thesiger ... Duke of Berri - French Ambassador
Frederick Cooper ... Corporal Nym
Roy Emerton ... Lieutenant Bardolph

Robert Newton ... Ancient Pistol
Freda Jackson ... Mistress Quickly
George Cole ... Boy
George Robey ... Sir John Falstaff

Harcourt Williams ... King Charles VI of France
Russell Thorndike ... Duke of Bourbon

Leo Genn ... The Constable of France
Francis Lister ... Duke of Orleans
Max Adrian ... The Dauphin
Jonathan Field ... The French Messenger

Esmond Knight ... Fluellen - Captain in the English Army

Michael Shepley ... Gower - Captain in the English Army

John Laurie ... Jamy - Captain in the English Army
Niall MacGinnis ... Macmorris - Captain in the English Army
Frank Tickle ... The Governor of Harfleur
Renée Asherson ... Princess Katherine (as Renee Asherson)
Ivy St. Helier ... Alice
Janet Burnell ... Queen Isabel of France
Brian Nissen ... Court - Soldier in the English Army
Arthur Hambling ... Bates - Soldier in the English Army
Jimmy Hanley ... Williams - Soldier in the English Army
Ernest Hare ... A Priest
Valentine Dyall ... Duke of Burgundy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patric Doonan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Derek Lansiaux ... The Boy Who Hangs the Banner Announcing the Start of Each New Act (uncredited)

Anthony Newley ... Boy in English Camp (uncredited)
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Directed by
Laurence Olivier 
 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "Henry V") (as Will Shakespeare)

Dallas Bower  uncredited
Alan Dent  uncredited
Laurence Olivier  uncredited

Produced by
Dallas Bower .... associate producer
Laurence Olivier .... producer
Filippo Del Giudice .... producer (uncredited)
Herbert Smith .... executive producer in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Walton (the music)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (the director of photography)
Jack Hildyard (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Reginald Beck (the editor)
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Paul Sheriff (the art director)
 
Costume Design by
Roger K. Furse (the costume designer) (as Roger Furse)
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup
Vivienne Walker .... hairdressing
Marjorie Whittle .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Permane .... assistant director
John Paddy Carstairs .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Pat MacDonnell .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carmen Dillon .... art director assisted by
E. Lindegaard .... scenic artist
William Bowden .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Betty Pierce .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... the sound recorder
Desmond Dew .... the sound recorder
Walter R. Day .... sound maintenance assistant (uncredited)
Anthony J. Kay .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Stanley Lambourne .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Miller .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects (as Percy Day)
 
Visual Effects by
George Blackwell .... matte shots (uncredited)
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Henry Harris .... matte shots (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... back projection (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kid Berg .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Hildyard .... the operating cameraman
Bill Wall .... chief electrician (as W. Wall)
Dennis Bartlett .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jim Body .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Foley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Freddie Ford Jr. .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Wilfrid Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Margaret Furse .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Anne Barker .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Gordon Hales .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Bill Lenny .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
George Minassian .... color technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conducted by
Roy Douglas .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Muir Mathieson .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
P.G. Bangs .... production unit
Joan Barry .... continuity
Alan Dent .... the text editor
Laurence Evans .... production unit
Alec Hayes .... production unit
John White .... master of the horse (as John White M.R.C.V.S.)
Leonard Marlow .... accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France" - UK (original title)
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137 min
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Partly intended as a wartime morale-booster for the British. Certain parts of the play were consequently omitted, such as Henry's hanging of a friend as an example of firm justice.See more »
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Chorus:O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, leashed in like hounds...
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic history chronicle with inspiring portrayal, 28 June 2004
Author: angel_de_tourvel from surrey, england

This is seriously fantastic stuff. As many others will know by now, I am a huge fan of Laurence Olivier's work, but this inspirational and revelatory performance surpasses all. The first and most important thing is the timing. Incredible!! Olivier managed to get the whole thing together in time for D-Day! (sorry, that was not quite relevant) The fact is, his portrayal of King Henry V had a deliberate purpose to it... he wanted to give England courage in the war they were fighting, just as King Harry had courage against the french.

Everything, the sets, the colours, all are so majestic and wonderfully theatrical. That's because Olivier did not want to keep his audience on the indifferent grounds of reality. For many in 1944, winning the war was something totally out of reality, just as it was so for the English at the battle of Agincourt. Olivier wished to transport his audience to the god-given victory, and transport them he did. "Once more unto the breach!" Even as a little fourteen-year-old viewer of Sir Laurence speaking these famous words this gave me the curious inspiration... the same that it gave to Winston Churchill sixty years ago. For me, I don't know what the inspiration was for. For Churchill, it was claiming victory in world war 2.

Whatever your taste, background, or personality; this film is inspirational, and recommended viewing for everyone. You would be missing something terrible if you did not see this pure patron of an actor grace the screen majestically with his regal inspiration.







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