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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.
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. 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:
Calum Yuill ... Child
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)
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Alec McCowen (The Bishop of Ely) previously played the Chorus in Henry V (1979) (TV).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After 4 minutes a violin string is plucked. This string is clearly one of the middle strings, either the "D" or the "A" string. However, we actually hear the sound of the "E" string being plucked.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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32 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Once seen never forgotten, 20 February 2001
Author: scotty12 from Scotland

This film surely must be in the frame for a number of best ever categories - best Shakespeare film adaptation, one of the best ever war films AND one of the best ever performances by a male actor. It's truly stunning to see how Shakespeare's words, which seemed dull and difficult to understand at school, can be spoken as passages of such depth, beauty and power. Not one in a thousand actors could do this convincingly - but Kenneth Branagh can.

I think this far outshines the Olivier version from 1944 (very good though that was). Branagh convinces (where Olivier does not always) as he gives a wider range of emotional responses to Henry - self questioning, compassionate, sad at the harsh realities of life. You can really believe that here is a young man who used to be a playboy now faced with having to grow up and behave as a king of England. As others have said, he gives such fire and charisma to the battle speeches that you want to march straight into battle yourself! And importantly, Branagh also convinces utterly in the romantic wooing of the French princess.

Naturally enough, the film focuses on the main actor playing Henry, but the supporting actors are also excellent. Derek Jacobi, particularly, does wonderfully in a difficult role. If I had to give one very slight caveat however, it would be that Emma Thompson (who I love as an actress), does not quite convince as a native French speaker, though she makes a good try at speaking the language rapidly. Perhaps Juliette Binoche would have been better here? But overall the obvious rapport between Branagh and Thompson (who were married at the time) is more important than any slight problems with the accent.

The only Shakespeare performance that tops this movie is seeing Branagh give a live performance on stage - I was privileged to see him (with Emma Thompson) perform Much Ado About Nothing in the late 1980s, and that's still the best I've ever seen.

Don't just see this - buy or record a copy. If you see it once, you will most likely want to see it over and over! 10/10

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