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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)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 17 June 1946 (USA)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chorus
... Archbishop of Canterbury
... Bishop of Ely
Vernon Greeves ... The English Herald
Gerald Case ... Earl of Westmoreland
... Earl of Salisbury
Morland Graham ... Sir Thomas Erpingham
... Duke of Exeter
Michael Warre ... Duke of Gloucester
... King Henry V of England
Ralph Truman ... Mountjoy, The French Herald
... Duke of Berri French Ambassador
Frederick Cooper ... Corporal Nym
Roy Emerton ... Lieutenant Bardolph
... 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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£475,000 (estimated)
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A section of the track "The Battle of Agincourt" were used by the BBC for their Election Night Result programme in 1959 and 1964. 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 closing credits list 'Produced and Directed by' Laurence Olivier in close association with all the other listed members of the crew. See more »

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Featured in The World According to Smith & Jones: The Tudors (1987) See more »

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Agincourt Hymn
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Latin hymn text set to anonymous tune (1415)
Arranged by William Walton
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A brilliant, classic film--worth watching again
5 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

What an intelligent film!!! I loved its stage-y quality--The good-humored recreation of a performance in Shakespeare's time with the audience so fully engaged, laughing at jokes we don't understand (e.g., the machinations of churchmen). I loved the details and sense of history--the sets inspired by medieval illuminations and the score by William Walton. The tight script and directing bring out the complexity of the play. Unlike other reviewers, I'd rate it higher than Branagh's more visceral, contemporary version though I can see why some might find this one pallid. It doesn't have a modern feel, and this style of acting Shakespeare feels dated to me--I've grown accustomed to naturalism. Overall, I appreciate that it is many-layered and distinctively English. I hope it accomplished its worthy goal of raising morale during the WWII.


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