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Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 17 March 1967 (USA)
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and without the prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late-medieval England. Written by Anonymous

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A Distinguished Company Breathes Life Into Shakespeare's Lusty Age of FALSTAFF

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

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17 March 1967 (USA)  »

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Chimes at Midnight  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,480 (USA) (1 January 2016)

Gross:

$123,398 (USA) (18 March 2016)
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Trivia

Despite portraying Falstaff as a grossly obese man, Orson Welles actually had to diet to slim down for the role. See more »

Goofs

During Prince Hal/Henry V's speech immediately following Henry IV's death, a very obvious double for Sir John Gielgud lies slumped on the throne. (Scenes were shot out of sequence, and Gielgud was unavailable for that particular scene) See more »

Quotes

Falstaff: My King! My Jove! I speak to thee my heart!
Prince Hal: I know thee not, old man; fall to thy prayers!/ How ill white hairs become a fool and jester!
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Version of Falstaff (2001) See more »

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A Culmination
9 October 2004 | by (Halifax, NS) – See all my reviews

It's interesting that this film was based off of a script written by Welles before he got involved in film. And it suggests that we can trace this film's development through his earlier masterpieces. But it's not a simple conglomeration of specific filming techniques and the like, but a development of his genius. It makes sense to use a pseudo-shakespearean tale as the foundation, but this isn't about the acting. Here we have the depth of "Kane," the intrigue of "Shanghai," the elucidating factor of "Othello," the exertion of "Arkadin," the sweeping motion of Touch of Evil," and the oppression of "Trial." Needless to say, every effort to should be made to track down this film, and the masterpiece by which all other masterpieces will be judged.

5 out of 5 - Essential


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