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(1989)

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Two of many actors attended the 'Save the Rose Theatre' press day to support Sam Wanamaker, near the end of filming 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.
Ian McKellen turned down the role of the King of France.
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Contains a flashback scene to (and a paraphrase of) Act 2, scene 4 of William Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 1, in which 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."
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This was one of Marlon Brando's favourite films.
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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 Henry V (1944).
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The character of Michael Williams was invented by William Shakespeare in 1599. In 1989 Kenneth Branagh chose Michael Williams to play the role. Perhaps the aptness of the choice was irresistible.
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The film depicts the hanging of Bardolph (Richard Briers), which was only alluded to in the play.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The first Shakespeare film made using Dolby stereo.
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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.
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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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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).
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This was the first of nine films directed by Kenneth Branagh in which Richard Briers appeared. The other eight were Peter's Friends (1992), Swan Song (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000) and As You Like It (2006).
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For the French version of the film Gérard Depardieu dubbed Kenneth Branagh.
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The film takes place in 1415.
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The version of the film that was shown in April 2016 by BBC 2, had this branded as an Icon/MGM film.
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Paul Scofield and Ian Holm would appear together again the very next year in Hamlet (1990). Their roles; as the Ghost and Polonius, respectively. These roles would be played in director Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) by cast members Brian Blessed and Richard Briers.
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Alec McCowen (The Bishop of Ely) previously played the Chorus in Henry V (1979).
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Cameo 

Patrick Doyle: the first soldier to sing in the Agincourt battle's aftermath.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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.
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