King Henry V of England (Sir Kenneth Branagh) is insulted by King Charles VI of France (Paul Scofield). As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young King must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.Written by
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Sir Kenneth Branagh's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »
Despite the exciting battle scenes the whole English army is thought to have fought on foot, so knights would not have engaged the French cavalry from horseback as depicted. Large numbers of the French army were also dismounted although cavalry attacks were also launched against Henry. See more »
O! For a Muse of fire, that would ascend; The brightest heaven of invention; A kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; And at his heels, leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire crouch for employment.
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The unique think about this film is that there aren't any weak performance amongst any of the actors, however small their role.
One actor I feels merits a mention is Christopher Ravenscroft for his portrayal of the French Herald, Mountjoy. He plays a key part in this ply as the only character who meets both English and French leaders until after the battle.
His shock and awe in the tennis balls scene when her realises that Henry isn't a silly young man is terrific.
Great film. I've got on video and watch two or three times a year. My teenage sons were gripped by it. This is the way to introduce teenagers to Shakespeare.
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