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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Percy
Mr. Silence
Michael Aldridge ...
Julio Peña
Tony Beckley ...
Andrés Mejuto
Keith Pyott
Jeremy Rowe ...
Alan Webb ...


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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Comedy | Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

17 March 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chimes at Midnight  »

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Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Blessed was chosen by Orsen Welles to play Hotspur but by the time filming commenced had a regular role in Z Cars that he didn't want to give up See more »


In the shot immediately following the goof where the corpse of Hotspur momentarily opens and closes his mouth, a dummy has clearly replaced the actor playing Hotspur. This particular take was filmed when he wasn't available. See more »


Falstaff: There lives not three good men unhanged in England, and one of them is fat and grows old.
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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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