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
17 March 1967 (USA)
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Gross: ESP 16,501,746
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film was based on the play "Five Kings". It was written by Orson Welles
and condensed William Shakespeare
's "Henry IV, V, VI" and "Richard III" into one show. He produced the show in New York in 1939 but the opening night, during which Part 1 was performed, was a disaster and Part 2 was never put on. He revamped the show and revisited it in 1960. Again, it was not successful. However, this later production was used as the basis for the movie. See more
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
There lives not three good men unhanged in England, and one of them is fat and grows old.
Referenced in The Complete Citizen Kane