A 'Save the Rose Theatre' press day to support Sam Wanamaker was held near the end of filming. Two of the actors in attendance performed speeches. Gérard Depardieu not only dubbed the title role in (circa May 1989), French, he helped to secure distribution for the film in France. In thanks, Kenneth Branagh cast him in Hamlet (1996). Branagh and Depardieu also both went on to play Cyrano de Bergerac.
As Falstaff is dying, the screenplay interpolates a flashback scene from (and a paraphrase of) Act 2, scene 4 of William Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 1. In it, Falstaff jokingly tells Prince Hal (later to become King Henry V) that when he is king, he may stop socializing with all their other friends, but he shouldn't banish Falstaff himself from his company: "banish plump Jack, and banish all the world."
Montjoy (Christopher Ravenscroft), the French herald, is expanded from a minor role in the play to a more prominent role in the film, by giving the lines of multiple characters to this one role. For instance, in the film Montjoy brings in the reports of the dead. In the play, this is done by an English herald. Here, this action highlights the increasing civility towards King Henry that is shown in Montjoy and the French nobles and princes alike.
The first of 9 films featuring Richard Briers directed by (and also starring) Kenneth Branagh. Previously, Branagh had directed Richard Briers in a stage production of "Twelfth Night", in which Branagh did not appear; this production was restaged for television and released on DVD in 1988.
As of 2015, Kenneth Branagh (King Henry V) is the last actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role in a Shakespearean film. He was nominated for Best Actor but lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in My Left Foot (1989).
Contains a flashback scene to ACT 1, Scene 2: of William Shakespeare's "Henry IV, part 1", where Jack Falstaff proclaims "Do not thou, when thou art King, hang a thief." This flashback line is instead given to Bardolph, to make it more poignant when Henry hangs him.
Although Derek Jacobi (Chorus) was not officially "out" to the general public until the 2000s, he has been in a relationship with Richard Clifford (Duke Charles of Orleans) since the mid-1970s. Clifford and Jacobi filed for a Civil Partnership in 2006.
Reunites Sirs Ian Holm and Robert Stephens from BBC's radio drama 'Lord of the Rings' (1981). In that play, Frodo Baggins (Holm) was a follower of Lord Aragorn (Stephens); here the roles are reversed, with Stephens playing Auncient Pistol, a low-ranking soldier under the command of Holm's Captain Fluellen.
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Kenneth Brannagh said in an interview that carrying the 'corpse' of Christian Bale caused him terrible back pain. He carried his dead weight for the whole of a long tracking shot. The look on his face was genuine pain and not acting.