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Henry IV Part I (1979)

The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry Surnamed Hotspur (original title)
Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director:

David Giles

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... King Henry the Fourth
David Gwillim ... Henry, Prince of Wales
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ... Prince John of Lancaster
Robert Brown ... Sir Walter Blunt
David Buck David Buck ... Earl of Westmoreland
Clive Swift ... Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Henry Percy, Hotspur
Bruce Purchase Bruce Purchase ... Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Robert Morris Robert Morris ... Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March
John Cairney ... Archibald, Earl of Douglas
David Neal ... Scroop, Archbishop of York
Norman Rutherford Norman Rutherford ... Sir Michael
Richard Owens ... Owen Glendower
Terence Wilton Terence Wilton ... Sir Richard Vernon
Anthony Quayle ... Sir John Falstaff
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Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in favour of heavy drinking and petty theft in the company of a debauched elderly knight, Sir John Falstaff. Hal must extricate himself from some legal problems, regain his father's good opinions and help suppress the uprising. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Henry IV Part I See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

Goofs

Henry butters his hands while talking to Hal. In the next cut he is wearing gloves. We then see him continuing to butter his hands and only the does he put on the gloves. See more »

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Version of Muntra fruarna i Windsor (1998) See more »

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A little stiff, but Percy steals the show
3 April 2003 | by stills-6See all my reviews

A literal interpretation of this history play. It is interesting to watch the words become action, especially in the case of H. Percy, played with impatience and gusto by Bruce Purchase (he looks like a young and wild Ben Cross). If you've read the play, his performance is worth the view. Price Hal is done well, as is blustery, mumbling Falstaff; but the king, I thought, was played with very little artistry. It's a shame that his opening speech sets the tone for the play, because it sounds like it's being read rather than acted. It makes the whole production seem a little stiff.

DVD: The sound is terrible in some places, and it's difficult to get all of the dialogue. Subtitles were not available, which I think would have added to the production.


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