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Henry V (1979)

The Life of Henry the Fifth (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | TV Movie 23 December 1979
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director:

David Giles

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Abineri ... Bishop of Ely
Robert Ashby Robert Ashby ... Earl of Salisbury
Trevor Baxter ... Archbishop of canterbury
Rod Beacham Rod Beacham ... Earl of Warwick
Jocelyne Boisseau Jocelyne Boisseau ... Katherine
Simon Broad Simon Broad ... Herald
Alan Brown Alan Brown ... Governor of Harfleur
Brenda Bruce ... Hostess
John Bryans John Bryans ... Duke of Bourbon
David Buck David Buck ... Earl of Westmoreland
Ronald Chenery Ronald Chenery ... Messenger
Roger Davenport Roger Davenport ... Duke of Clarence
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ... Lewis, the Dauphin
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ... Duke of Bedford
Ronald Forfar Ronald Forfar ... Bates
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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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Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry V See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The episode was repeated on St George's Day (23 April) in 1980. See more »

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Version of Henry V (1944) See more »

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Quite a good rendering of an uneven play.
16 October 2011 | by mhk11See all my reviews

I want to reply to one of the claims made by the 2010 reviewer (who puerilely refers to Shakespeare as "Will"). This reviewer states that the play is presented "with minimal, if any cuts." If the reviewer takes the time to read the play instead of making uninformed pronouncements about it, he or she will discover that numerous cuts have been made in the BBC's production. To be sure, most of the abridgments are pretty well judged, and there are considerably fewer abridgments than in the Olivier and Branagh versions. Nonetheless, the claim that the BBC's production presents the text uncut or nearly uncut is flatly incorrect.

As for the production itself, it's quite a good rendering of an uneven play. I agree that David Gwillim is too "weepy" and "whispery", but he performs several of his scenes well (for example, the scene with the tennis balls -- until he starts to throw them -- the scene of the exposure of the traitors, and the scene in which he woos Katherine). His rendering of the magnificent St Crispin's Day speech is very disappointing, but his rendering of the riposte to Montjoy shortly after that speech is excellent. Likewise, although he starts the great "Once more unto the breach" speech quite lamely, he finishes it well. Other members of the cast are generally proficient. In particular, the actors who appear as the French nobles seem to enjoy their roles, and they perform those roles adeptly.


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