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 »
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 ... Vassall
Tony Beckley ... Ned Poins
Andrés Mejuto
Keith Pyott ... Lord Chief Justice
Jeremy Rowe Jeremy Rowe ... Prince John
Alan Webb ... Shallow
Fernando Rey ... Worcester
Keith Baxter ... Prince Hal
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Storyline

Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) 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 (Keith Baxter'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

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Orson Welles' last non-documentary film completed in his lifetime. See more »

Goofs

The corpse of Hotspur opens and closes his mouth several minutes after his death. 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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Featured in Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 2 (1982) See more »

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Welles' Favorite Film
8 August 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) as roistering companion to young Prince Hal (Keith Baxter), circa 1400-1413.

Who can say bad things about Orson Welles? His work was often neglected in his lifetime, both by audiences and critics. Looking back now, I wonder how they could have missed the genius of "Citizen Kane". But yet, they did for many years.

This film is considered to be Welles' favorite of his own (I am unsure of the source for this claim) and has been influential. Yet, it is hard to get a decent copy (the one I have was a Portuguese import). There was no actor with such a presence as Welles, so Shakespeare is natural for him. He has successfully brought the stage to screen.


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Country:

Switzerland | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chimes at Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Carabanchel, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,630, 3 January 2016

Gross USA:

$126,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,724
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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