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Henry V (1989)

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

William Shakespeare (by), Kenneth Branagh (adapted for the screen by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Chorus
Kenneth Branagh ... King Henry V
Simon Shepherd ... Duke Humphrey of Gloucester
James Larkin ... Duke John of Bedford
Brian Blessed ... Duke Thomas Beaufort of Exeter
James Simmons ... Duke Edward of York
Paul Gregory ... Westmoreland
Charles Kay ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Alec McCowen ... Bishop of Ely
Fabian Cartwright Fabian Cartwright ... Earl Richard of Cambridge
Stephen Simms Stephen Simms ... Lord Henry Scroop
Jay Villiers Jay Villiers ... Sir Thomas Grey
Edward Jewesbury ... Sir Thomas Erpingham
Ian Holm ... Captain Fluellen
Danny Webb ... Gower (as Daniel Webb)
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Storyline

King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. 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 Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The great adventure of a king who defied the odds to prove himself a man.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a bloody battle | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

8 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enrique V See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,161,099
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A "Save the Rose Theatre" press day to support Sam Wanamaker, was held near the end of filming. Two of the actors in attendance performed speeches. Gérard Depardieu not only dubbed the title role in French (circa May 1989), he helped to secure distribution for the film in France. In thanks, Kenneth Branagh cast him in Hamlet (1996). Branagh and Depardieu also went on to play Cyrano de Bergerac. See more »

Goofs

When the army crosses the river, rain is clearly falling into the water in the foreground but not in the background, which is glassy smooth. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chorus: 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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Excellent
15 June 2004 | by Bantam17See all my reviews

I admit that bringing Shakespeare to the big screen is tough. There are subtleties and nuances - and limitations - about stage productions that cinema simply can't capture.

That being said, this is by far the best adaptation of Shakespeare to the big screen of the past fifteen years. The director does an admirable job of making every scene seem plausible - with slight suspension of disbelief - on stage.

Kenneth Branagh, while he strikes me as a bit full of himself, is fantastic as the young, vain, ambitious title character, while Paul Scofield, Henry's French counterpart, delivers an equally impressive performance as the king who understands the gravity of Henry's invasion of France.

Aside from Shakespeare's obvious bias toward British interests - which have little to do with the big-screen production - this is an amazing film.


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