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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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Storyline

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

GBP475,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,619
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir John Gielgud asked Sir Laurence Olivier to cast him as the Chorus in this movie, but Olivier declined, offering him the lesser role of the King of France instead. Gielgud turned down the offer. See more »

Quotes

[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 advertising poster for the film's first U.S. run (in 1946) billed it as "A Two City Film" when it should have read "A Two Cities Film", as it does in the film's actual opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

A pseudo-widescreen version in Superscope played theatres in the late 1950s. See more »

Connections

Featured in William Shakespeare (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Baïlèro
(uncredited)
Folk song from the Auvergne, France
Arranged by William Walton
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Historical epic of young English king who waged war against the French
21 April 1999 | by mnfriedSee all my reviews

Olivier was asked by his government to make this film during the second world war to raise the morale of civilians and troops alike. He abstained from showing excessive blood and gore, used the language of Shakespeare brilliantly and achieved his mission. I have seen this film many times and it never fails to thrill me. The story line is commonly known, we know how happily it came out in the end. It was the first Shakespearian play made on film in color and enthralled all who saw it.


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