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Henry V (1944)

The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (original title)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director:

Laurence Olivier

Writer:

William Shakespeare (by) (as Will Shakespeare)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Banks ... Chorus
Felix Aylmer ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Robert Helpmann ... Bishop of Ely
Vernon Greeves Vernon Greeves ... The English Herald
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Earl of Westmoreland
Griffith Jones ... Earl of Salisbury
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Sir Thomas Erpingham
Nicholas Hannen ... Duke of Exeter
Michael Warre Michael Warre ... Duke of Gloucester
Laurence Olivier ... King Henry V of England
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Mountjoy, The French Herald
Ernest Thesiger ... Duke of Berri French Ambassador
Frederick Cooper Frederick Cooper ... Corporal Nym
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Lieutenant Bardolph
Robert Newton ... Ancient Pistol
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In the inspired Olivier concept, Shakespeare's play begins as a performance in the Globe Theatre, shifting in broad cinematic terms to an epic narrative of Henry V, who had developed from a dissolute youth to a purposeful monarch. Proving his ability as a soldier and skillful leader, he unites the dissident factions in the English army and goes on to crush the French, against enormous odds, at Agincourt. Arranging a treaty with the French court, he woos Princess Katharine to whom he is formally betrothed as part of the peace agreement. Written by alfiehitchie

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Laurence Olivier's Presentation in Technicolor of Henry V


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 October 1945 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Henry the Fifth See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Budget:

£475,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The ten-minute battle scene took six weeks to film. See more »

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[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, leashed in like hounds, would famine, word, and fire crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, the flat unraised spirits that hath dared on this unworthy scaffold to bring forth so great an object: can this cockpit hold the vasty ...
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Crazy Credits

The main title not only gives the full title of the play as Shakespeare wrote it, but spells the words in the sixteenth-century manner, not in modern spelling. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the American release of the film, all references to "bastards" in the dialogue were excised. See more »


Soundtracks

Agincourt Hymn
(uncredited)
Latin hymn text set to anonymous tune (1415)
Arranged by William Walton
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Magnificent adaptation with exceptional direction and acting
14 June 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It's a splendid rendering of Shakespeare book about the warrior king Henry V . The movie begins with an ingenious initiation but the camera from a first general shot on the background lead us until a foreground where some actors are playing at the Glove theater . The film is rightly based on historic events . They are the followings : Henry V vanquishes Charles VI in Agincourt (1415) and took over Normandy . Charles VI of France signs Troyes treatise in what Henry V is wedded to Charles's daughter . His descendant Heny VI of England will proclaim himself King of France but Charles VII (anterior Delphin) will be crowned king of France in Reims and the ¨100 years war¨ going on until 1453 (date of downfall Constantinopla).

This is the first of three principal movies directed by Laurence Olivier along with ¨Hamlet¨ and ¨Richard III¨ based on Shakespeare plays . It's an astounding , stirring , stunning and thoughtful film with glimmer , glittering , colorful cinematography and splendid costume . Partly intended as a wartime morale-booster for the British. Certain parts of the play were consequently omitted, such as Henry's hanging of a friend as an example of firm justice . Laurence Olivier won a honorary and special Oscar for his producing , directing and acting in bringing English history part to vivid life of the screen made with pageantry and perfection . The excellent secondary cast is completed with usual players of the English stage theater and films with important careers : Leo Genn (Quo Vadis) , Leslie Banks (Jamaica inn) , Robert Newton (Treasure's island) , Ralph Truman (El Cid) , Felix Aylmer (Ivanhoe) , Ernest Thesiger (Bride of Frankestein), Neal McGinnis (Jason and the Argonauts) , Freda Jackson (Brides of Dracula). The especial departments are outstanding , thus : Robert Furse in wardrobe and costumes , the classic musician William Walton and the photographer of superproductions Robert Krasker . Rating : Good . Well worth seeing.


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