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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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Movie with the longest title to ever receive an Oscar-nomination.See more »
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[first lines]
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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Shakespeare As Poetic Pageant, 19 June 2004
Author: Norman K. Gillen (norman.gillen@hotmail.com) from Corpus Christi TX

"Henry V" is poetry within the historical context of English patriotic pageantry. As Shakespearean scholar J. Dover Wilson observed in a 1943 critique, it justifies and celebrates a well-ordered vision of British conservative values – respect for the monarchy and a rigid feudal class-system. And as Pauline Kael asserted in 1989, Shakespeare's text "is perhaps the greatest jingo play ever conceived."

At the beginning, a Prologue asks us to imagine "a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene" rather than "the flat unraised spirits...on this unworthy scaffold." Laurence Olivier, who directed this 1944 film version, heeds the misgivings expressed in that Prologue. While his staging of "Henry V" begins within the enclosed intimacy of a studio-created Globe Theatre, acted before an appropriately attired Elizabethan audience, Olivier uses the medium of Cinema to physically "open up" the play as it progresses from scene to scene, increasingly taking advantage of elaborate studio scenery and lighting and mattes, ultimately using vast exterior locations for the climactic Battle of Agincourt.

Olivier, in the lead role, is a forceful King Harry, but his work and imagination behind the camera are stunning, especially for a first-time director. The humor of the fumbling "unraised spirits" who impersonate the roles of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Felix Aylmer) and the Bishop of Ely (Robert Helpmann) is an early surprise, as is the coarse high-jinks of Robert Newton's interpretation of Pistol, chewing up the scenery and everyone in sight. As a director, Olivier borrows from the conventions of the stage, but it isn't so much that he copies them; he transforms them. Thus, he shows us a fleet of miniature warships engulfed in an English Channel fog, a "narrator" superimposed against painted, moving backdrops, and (at the end) the bleak French postwar countryside – a zone of pillage, poverty, and heartbreak in the aftermath of battle.

This version of "Henry V" was made with a wartime audience in mind. (The 'V' in the title is a perfect symbolic reference to the times.) Here, the effete, overconfident Dauphin (Max Adrian) and other French nobles stand in for the Axis alliance; the common men who make up the motley army of archers and infantry are a parallel to the agents of 20th-century anti-authoritarianism. The French losses total about ten thousand – 8,400 of which are "princes, barons, lords, knights, squires,/And gentlemen of blood and quality." The English fatalities: only "five and twenty score." An overwhelming victory for the forces of medieval anti-Fascism.

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