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William Shakespeare (by)
Kenneth Branagh (adapted for the screen by)
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Release Date:
8 November 1989 (USA) See more »
The great adventure of a king who defied the odds to prove himself a man.
The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Derek Jacobi ... Chorus

Kenneth Branagh ... King Henry V

Simon Shepherd ... Duke Humphrey of Gloucester

James Larkin ... Duke John of Bedford

Brian Blessed ... Duke Thomas Beaufort of Exeter

James Simmons ... Duke Edward of York

Paul Gregory ... Westmoreland
Charles Kay ... Archbishop of Canterbury

Alec McCowen ... Bishop of Ely
Fabian Cartwright ... Earl Richard of Cambridge
Stephen Simms ... Lord Henry Scroop
Jay Villiers ... Sir Thomas Grey
Edward Jewesbury ... Sir Thomas Erpingham

Ian Holm ... Captain Fluellen

Danny Webb ... Gower (as Daniel Webb)
Jimmy Yuill ... Jamy

John Sessions ... Macmorris

Shaun Prendergast ... Bates

Patrick Doyle ... Court (as Pat Doyle)
Michael Williams ... Williams

Richard Briers ... Lieutenant Bardolph
Geoffrey Hutchings ... Corporal Nym

Robert Stephens ... Auncient Pistol

Robbie Coltrane ... Sir John Falstaff

Christian Bale ... Robin the Luggage-Boy

Geraldine McEwan ... Alice

Judi Dench ... Mistress Nell Quickly

Paul Scofield ... King Charles VI of France

Michael Maloney ... Louis the Dauphin
Harold Innocent ... Duke Philippe of Burgundy

Richard Clifford ... Duke Charles of Orleans
Colin Hurley ... Grandpré
Richard Easton ... Constable Charles Delabreth
Christopher Ravenscroft ... Montjoy

Emma Thompson ... Princess Katherine de Valois
David Lloyd Meredith ... Governor of Harfleur

David Parfitt ... Messenger
Nicholas Ferguson ... Earl Richard Beauchamp of Warwick
Tom Whitehouse ... Sir John Talbot
Nigel Greaves ... Duke Jean of Berri
Julian Gartside ... Duke Jean of Bretagne
Mark Inman ... 1st Soldier
Chris Armstrong ... 2nd Soldier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Callum Yuill ... Child (as Calum Yuill)

Kenneth W Caravan ... English Soldier (uncredited)

David Speed ... Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Soldier (Hooded with Staff) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (by)

Kenneth Branagh (adapted for the screen by)

Produced by
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
David Parfitt .... associate producer
Bruce Sharman .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Kenneth MacMillan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Martin Childs 
Norman Dorme (supervising art director)
John King 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Ronnie Cogan .... assistant hairdresser
Peter Frampton .... makeup supervisor
Stephanie Kaye .... assistant hairdresser
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist
Ken Lintott .... makeup artist
Sue Love .... hairdresser
Production Management
Vincent Winter .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vic Armstrong .... second unit director
Ian Hickinbotham .... second assistant director
Adam Somner .... third assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Art Department
Alan Bailey .... prop man
Celia Bobak .... buyer
Alan Brooks .... supervising carpenter
Don Clayson .... supervising plasterer
Derek Creedon .... prop store keeper
Peter Dorme .... art department assistant
Kavin Hall .... supervising painter
Gary Handley .... drapes master
Ron Higgins .... chargehand dressing prop man
Steven Lawrence .... junior draughtsman
Richard Lyon .... construction storeman
Jim Morahan .... draughtsman
Allan Moss .... modeller
Wesley Peppiatt .... stand-by chargehand prop man
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
Graham Stickley .... prop man
Graham Sumner .... property master
Peter Wallace .... supervising rigger
Gary Wiffen .... stand-by prop man
Kenny Wilson .... supervising stagehand (as Ken Wilson)
Sound Department
Campbell Askew .... dubbing editor
David Crozier .... sound mixer
Robert Gavin .... assistant dialogue editor
Dominic Lester .... assistant dubbing mixer
Gerard McCann .... assistant dubbing editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... dubbing mixer
John Poyner .... dialogue editor
Andrew Sissons .... boom operator
Tim Worth .... sound maintenance
Special Effects by
Paul Clancy .... assistant special effects technician
Terry Glass .... senior effects technician
Darrell Guyon .... special effects technician
Matthew Harlow .... special effects trainee
David Watson .... senior effects technician
Ian Wingrove .... special effects supervisor
Trevor Wood .... senior effects technician
Visual Effects by
Simon Dowling .... main title designer (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Robert Patton .... stunt player
Dickey Beer .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Gillard .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sophie Baker .... still photographer
Tom Brown .... best boy
Peter Butler .... camera grip
Trevor Coop .... camera operator
John Deaton .... focus puller
Simon Finney .... clapper loader
Adam Lee .... camera trainee
Steve Mcleod .... gaffer
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
John Deaton .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Birkinshaw .... costume assistant
Jane Clive .... costume assistant
Susan Coates .... costume assistant
Amelia Davies .... wardrobe mistress
Stephen Miles .... assistant costume designer
Don Mothersill .... costume assistant
Richard Pointing .... costume supervisor
Vernon White .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Kevin Ahern .... assistant editor
Michael Parfitt .... editor trainee
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative (uncredited)
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by
Chris Dibble .... music recording engineer (as Christopher Dibble)
Paul Golding .... assistant music scoring engineer
Stephen Hill .... chorus master: The Stephen Hill Singers
Simon Rattle .... conductor: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
The Stephen Hill Singers .... choir
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Peter Thomas .... orchestra leader: The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchstra
Transportation Department
Barry Chintrens .... unit driver
John Hollywood .... unit driver
Terry Pritchard .... driver: Kenneth Branagh
Terry Pritchard .... unit driver
Other crew
David Allistone .... machinist
Bi Benton .... production coordinator
Michael Buckley .... assistant executive of orchestra: The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Hugh Cruttwell .... technical advisor
Sheala Daniell .... assistant accountant
Marilyn Eardley .... assistant to director
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales
Christine Hathway .... publicity assistant
Lil Heyman .... unit runner
Sally Hoskins .... unit runner
Russell Jackson .... technical advisor
Annie Penn .... script supervisor (as Annie Wotton)
Ron Phipps .... production accountant
Iona Price .... assistant to producer
Al Senter .... publicity writer
Edward Smith .... chief executive of orchestra: The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Peter Thompson .... press representative
Li Chin Tye .... unit nurse
Andrew A Wilkinson .... sword master
Betty Williams .... assistant accountant
Anya Noakes .... release publicist (uncredited)
Penny Brownjohn .... special thanks
Harry Fuller .... special thanks
Gay Hamilton .... special thanks
Eddie Healey .... special thanks
Janet Jefferies .... special thanks
John McMichael .... special thanks
Dearbhla Molloy .... special thanks
Abigail Reynolds .... special thanks
Ethna Roddy .... special thanks
Jane Snowden .... special thanks
Sophie Thompson .... special thanks
Shaun Webb .... special thanks
David Wickins .... special thanks
Nicola Wright .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for a bloody battle
137 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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For the French version of the film Gérard Depardieu dubbed Kenneth Branagh.See more »
Continuity: The French herald, Montjoy, is with Henry V when he receives the lists of the dead. This is immediately followed by the tracking shot of Henry walking over the battlefield, part-way through which he passes Montjoy who bows to him. Unless Montjoy did some pointless off-camera sprinting, he could not have got ahead of Henry in time.See more »
[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, Leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire crouch for employment.
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52 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A Worthy Successor After 5 Decades, 30 December 2002
Author: schogger13 ( from Lemgo / Germany

Let's get one thing straight: It was Olivier who finally cracked the concrete heads of film producers open and proved that it was possible to put the bard of bards on screen without even an American audience falling asleep after 10 minutes. Sure, after all this time his Henry looks ancient, pretentious and artificial, but so will Blade Runner after 50 years, and still both mark a watershed after which none could be done like anything before. Odd comparisons? Maybe. But fitting.

Branagh's Henry finally set a tone worth to succeed the initial awesome blast unleashed by the most powerful actor for generations, and I'm sure Branagh would be the last to deny Olivier's version the place it deserves in British movie history. Times were ripe for another tone - but times before had needed Olivier as much as the following ages will need Branagh.

I'm an obsessive fan of both versions - both for entirely different reasons - and both merging perfectly what I love most about Shakespeare's eternal works.

Branagh's film is timeless - of this time - without ever being trendy. Olivier's is timeless - as well as of its time - as long as we keep an understanding of its time.

Olivier praised the eternal flame, the eternal smell, of Shakesperean theater, as always reaching far beyond the confinds of its subject - beyond the confinds of the wooden circle of 'The Globe'.

Branagh went right for the jugular, without ever loosing grip on what makes this play a play beyond its subject, and THE play about that subject.

Has anyone considered the vital difference between Branagh's and Olivier's versions? I doubt it. Where Olivier conjured up the intoxicating smell of fresh 15th century glue from the sets rising into the audience's noses, come here straight from the bear fights, whore houses, sermons of zealots and whatever had to flee London's stern moral walls of those times, Branagh cut right to the bone of any hardened 'modern' movie goer.

Behold: Derek Jacoby's prologue is a piece of speech which will forever haunt, enchant and cover me in goosebumps - firing me up to see what comes as well as see what Olivier as well as Branagh had done with the only play ever to merge humanity's lust as well as dread for the subject of war.

Of course, Olivier's version couldn't even dream of matching the intimate intensity of Branagh's. But how could it?

Ok, I won't further dwell on it, but for the last time, consider the father to fully understand the son.

Now, having shed the overpowering shadows of the past, Derek Jacoby steps into the dark of the expecting stage - striking a match...,

"Oh, for the muse of fire..." ... and off we are, lured into the torrent of the bard's unique and eternal magic.

I consider Henry V the best of Branagh's Shakespeare adaptations, even though I wouldn't want to be with any of the others on pain of death. This one's flawless, perfectly cast, perfectly executed and perfectly acted by Branagh himself.

From Burbage to Garrick to Keane to Inving to Olivier to Branagh... it is a glorious lineage to follow in love and admiration for the bard of Bard's ambassadors.


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