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Henry V (1989)

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The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

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King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young king must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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The great adventure of a king who defied the odds to prove himself a man.


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Rated PG-13 for a bloody battle | See all certifications »

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8 November 1989 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,161,099 (USA)
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The famous London costume house Angels & Bermans provided most of the costumes for the film, just as they had done 45 years earlier for the Laurence Olivier version The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1944). See more »

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French soldier wearing blue dies twice of an arrow in the back. See more »

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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, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire crouch for employment.
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ONCE SEEN, NEVER FORGOTTEN
26 August 1999 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

Branagh's masterpiece is not only the best rendition of Shakespeare ever put on the screen but also a contender as one of the best movies ever made.It is so far superior to Olivier's camp pantomime as to make even the suggestion of comparison laughable.The large section of film from Henry's stirring pre-battle speech at Agincourt followed by the battle itself culminating in his walk across the carnage of the site after his famous victory is film-making of rare quality indeed and the music that accompanies all of this is moving and memorable.Branagh himself makes Henry a likeable,amiable but ultimately brave and determined king and his seduction of the French princess in the closing minutes bring this wonderful work to a satisfying conclusion.This gifted actor/director of the old school has made further Shakespeare movies since this and will undoubtedly make more but "HENRY V" will most likely be his crowning achievement.


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