Henry V ()

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.

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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
Mistress Quickly
Sir John Falstaff
King Charles VI of France
Russell Thorndike ...
Duke of Bourbon
The Constable of France
Duke of Orleans
The Dauphin
Jonathan Field ...
The French Messenger
Fluellen - Captain in the English Army
Gower - Captain in the English Army
Jamy - Captain in the English Army
Macmorris - Captain in the English Army
Frank Tickle ...
The Governor of Harfleur
Princess Katherine (as Renee Asherson)
Ivy St. Helier ...
Janet Burnell ...
Queen Isabel of France
Brian Nissen ...
Court - Soldier in the English Army
Arthur Hambling ...
Bates - Soldier in the English Army
Williams - Soldier in the English Army
Ernest Hare ...
A Priest
Duke of Burgundy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patric Doonan ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Derek Lansiaux ...
The Boy Who Hangs the Banner Announcing the Start of Each New Act (uncredited)
Boy in English Camp (uncredited)

Directed by

Laurence Olivier

Written by

William Shakespeare ... (by) (as Will Shakespeare)
Laurence Olivier ... () (uncredited)
William Shakespeare ... (play "Henry V") (uncredited)
Dallas Bower ... () (uncredited)
Alan Dent ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Dallas Bower ... associate producer
Laurence Olivier ... producer
Filippo Del Giudice ... producer (uncredited)
Herbert Smith ... executive producer in charge of production (uncredited)

Music by

William Walton ... (the music)

Cinematography by

Robert Krasker ... the director of photography
Jack Hildyard ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Reginald Beck ... the editor

Editorial Department

Anne Barker ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Gordon Hales ... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Bill Lenny ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
George Minassian ... color technician: Technicolor (uncredited)

Casting By

Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Paul Sheriff ... the art director

Costume Design by

Roger K. Furse ... the costume designer (as Roger Furse)

Makeup Department

Tony Sforzini ... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker ... hairdresser
Marjorie Whittle ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Vincent Permane ... assistant director
John Paddy Carstairs ... first assistant director (uncredited)
Pat MacDonnell ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Carmen Dillon ... the art director assisted by
E. Lindegaard ... scenic artist
William Bowden ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Betty Pierce ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

John Dennis ... the sound recorder
Desmond Dew ... the sound recorder
Walter R. Day ... sound maintenance assistant (uncredited)
Anthony J. Kay ... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Stanley Lambourne ... boom operator (uncredited)
Harry Miller ... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Harry Raynham ... sound camera operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

W. Percy Day ... special effects (as Percy Day)

Visual Effects by

George Blackwell ... matte shots (uncredited)
W. Percy Day ... matte painter (uncredited)
Henry Harris ... matte shots (uncredited)
Charles Staffell ... back projection (uncredited)


Jack 'Kid' Berg ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Jack Hildyard ... the operating cameraman
Bill Wall ... chief electrician (as W. Wall)
Dennis Bartlett ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jim Body ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Foley ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Freddie Ford Jr. ... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Wilfrid Newton ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Margaret Furse ... the costume designer assisted by

Music Department

Muir Mathieson ... conductor
Roy Douglas ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Muir Mathieson ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

F.G. Bangs ... production unit (as P.G. Bangs)
Joan Barry ... continuity
Alan Dent ... the text editor
Laurence Evans ... production unit
Alec Hayes ... production unit
John White ... master of the horse (as John White M.R.C.V.S.)
Leonard Marlow ... accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Henry V (United Kingdom, English title)
  • The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (United Kingdom)
  • Henry the Fifth (United Kingdom)
  • Henry V (United States)
  • Henry the Fifth (United States)
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  • 137 min
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.85 : 1 (1950's cropped widescreen version)
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Box Office

Budget GBP475,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The most significant cuts to the text, the ones which generally provoke criticism at Henry as a King, were reputedly made at Sir Winston Churchill's request. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Master of the World (1961). See more »
Soundtracks Agincourt Hymn See more »
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 »
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 fields of France? or may we cram within this wooden O
[gesturing around at the stage]
Chorus: the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt? On your imaginary forces work: Suppose within the girdle of these walls are now confined two mighty monarchies, whose high upreared and abutting fronts the perilous narrow ocean parts asunder: Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts: Think when we talk of horses that you see them printing their proud hoofs in the receiving earth; for 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, carry them here and there, jumping o'er times, turning the accomplishment of many years into an hour-glass: for the which supply, admit me Chorus to this history; who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
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