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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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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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BRILLIANT ANOTHER WELLES MASTERPIECE
9 October 2003 | by pik923See all my reviews

IT SHOULD BE RESTORED, preserved and cared for. It is a masterpiece of direction, action, camera work, casting, story. From Orson Welles to Miss Rutherford, it is a delight to be an audience in any theatre that will show this magnificent film.

No one can out do Orson Welles, no one can touch the characterisation of all these magnificent actors. There is not one weak point. It is a huge film. Too bad there are no decent prints of the film available.

Hopefully somewhere, through FIAF and the international film archives and the great work they are doing, a negative of the film will be found, restored and then the film will be available for screenings on television, DVD, movie theatres, cinematheques around the world.

Thank You Orson Welles and everyone involved in this great great film!


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