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Henry V -- Olivier mustered out of the navy to film this adaptation of Shakespeare's history. Embroiled in World War II, Britons took courage from this tale of a king who surmounts overwhelming odds and emerges victorious. This sumptuous Technicolor rendering features a thrilling re-creation of the battle of Agincourt, and Sir Laurence in his prime as director and actor.
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Release Date:
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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 10 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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)

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 .... conductor
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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Runtime:
137 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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The opening model shot of London was huge - 50 x 70 feet in size and made of plaster. It took 4 months to construct.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Agincourt HymnSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Valuable cinematic Shakespeare, 12 July 2005
Author: jhboswell from United States

Now that we have a fairly long history of quality Shakespeare in the movies, I believe it's fair to compare this film to others, as many have already done. But I'll skip comparisons to the young Kenneth Branagh. What I would like to emphasize is the social importance here, both originally and with this 1944 production.

This play was written to celebrate a great English hero, and to stir up patriotism for a profit. (Shakespeare was a successful businessman.) The movie was made for the same reasons, and its value is in how well it accomplishes them.

It's very valuable.

The film was conceived and made in some dark times for England, and the production occasionally had to stop because of enemy bombers overhead. It could have been thrown off a lot more cheaply and had the same commercial return, but instead Lord Olivier presented a stylish, inspiring, entertaining epic of heroism. I really, really enjoyed the play-within-a-play motif: it was wonderfully fun to see the Globe and the playgoers of the day. I found the acting to be fully satisfying, all the way from a hilarious Robert Newton (he was never this funny anywhere else) as Pistol to Leslie Banks nearly stealing the show as (only) the Chorus. Bravura performances all around--at least from the males, since I have to fast-forward the love scene with Kate.

I also appreciated the action scenes, the color and spectacle--and let's face it, the way Lord Olivier could rip off the St Crispian's speech! So, what we have is a wonderful slice of history, expertly presented. Really good Shakespeare.

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