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Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Campanadas a medianoche (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 17 March 1967 (USA)
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.

Director:

Orson Welles

Writers:

William Shakespeare (plays), Raphael Holinshed (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Falstaff
Jeanne Moreau ... Doll Tearsheet
Margaret Rutherford ... Mistress Quickly
John Gielgud ... Henry IV
Marina Vlady ... Kate Percy
Walter Chiari ... Mr. Silence
Michael Aldridge ... Pistol
Julio Peña
Tony Beckley ... Ned Poins
Andrés Mejuto
Keith Pyott
Jeremy Rowe Jeremy Rowe ... Prince John
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Shallow
Fernando Rey ... Worcester
Keith Baxter ... Prince Hal
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Storyline

Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive Knight roisters with and without the Prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late medieval England.

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A Distinguished Company Breathes Life Into Shakespeare's Lusty Age of FALSTAFF

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain | Switzerland

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chimes at Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,480, 3 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$123,398, 20 March 2016
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

In the shot immediately following the goof where the corpse of Hotspur momentarily opens and closes his mouth, a dummy has clearly replaced the actor playing Hotspur. This particular take was filmed when he wasn't available. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shallow: Jesus, the days that we have seen! Do you remember since we lay all night in the windmill in St. George's field?
Falstaff: No more of that, Master Shallow.
Shallow: It was a merry night!
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Welles' Masterpiece!
30 November 2003 | by Ben_CheshireSee all my reviews

i just watched it, and it took my breath away. If possible, this might be better than Citizen Kane. Incredible. And the battle scenes are truly amazing. I only hope they'll bring out a new DVD release of it for Australia and America, because this movie deserves as much exposure as Kane. I was surprised and delighted by Welles's performance. He really shines in an atmosphere which permits theatricality (Shakespeare), and i felt this movie combines the best of his two loves: the theatre (the source material), and the cinema (told with Welles' stunning eye for a cinematic visual). Superbly produced for such a low budget (Macbeth was just too rushed in those three weeks). Its visually delicious, and has a brilliant sense of fun (like both Kane and The Trial), and yet it has more heart than the other two.

This movie has rejuvenated my love of and faith in Welles (i was really wavering after The Stranger, Macbeth and even Lady from Shanghai - all too damaged by money/studio interference for me).

Let's all take a bow to Mr Orson Welles, who after all those years of struggle, finally produced a thing of beauty and fun worthy of his talents, and reinstated his reputation as one of the greats.


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