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(1989)

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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 this movie in France. In thanks, Sir Kenneth Branagh cast him in Hamlet (1996). Branagh and Depardieu also went on to play Cyrano de Bergerac.
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Sir Ian McKellen turned down the role of the King of France.
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As Falstaff is dying, the screenplay interpolates a flashback scene from (and a paraphrase of) Act 2, scene 4 of William Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 1. In it, Falstaff jokingly tells Prince Hal (later to become King Henry V) that when he is King, he may stop socializing with all their other friends, but he shouldn't banish Falstaff himself from his company: "banish plump Jack, and banish all the world."
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This was one of Marlon Brando's favorite movies.
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The character of Michael Williams was invented by William Shakespeare in 1599. In 1989, Sir Kenneth Branagh chose Michael Williams to play the role. Perhaps the aptness of the choice was irresistible.
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Montjoy (Christopher Ravenscroft), the French herald, was expanded from a minor role in the play, to a more prominent role in the movie, by giving the lines of multiple characters to this one role. For instance, in the movie, Montjoy brings in the reports of the dead. In the play, this is done by an English herald. Here, this action highlights the increasing civility towards King Henry that is shown in Montjoy and the French nobles and Princes alike.
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Stanley Kubrick preferred this adaptation over the Sir Laurence Olivier version (which he had listed as one of his top ten favorite movies in 1963).
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As of 2015, Sir Kenneth Branagh (King Henry V) is the last actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role in a Shakespearean movie. He was nominated for Best Actor, but lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in My Left Foot (1989).
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Sir Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut.
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The first of nine movies featuring Richard Briers directed by (and also starring) Sir Kenneth Branagh. Previously, Branagh had directed Richard Briers in a stage production of "Twelfth Night", in which Branagh did not appear. This production was re-staged for television, and released on DVD in 1988.
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This was the first of nine movies directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, in which Richard Briers appeared. The others being Peter's Friends (1992), Swan Song (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).
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The famous London costume house Angels & Bermans provided most of the costumes for this movie, just as they had done for Sir Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944).
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This movie takes place in 1415.
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The first Shakespearean movie made using Dolby stereo.
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Contains a flashback scene to ACT 1, Scene 2: of William Shakespeare's "Henry IV, part 1", where Jack Falstaff proclaims "Do not thou, when thou art King, hang a thief." This flashback line is instead given to Bardolph, to make it more poignant when Henry hangs him.
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Although Sir Derek Jacobi (Chorus) was not officially "out" to the general public until the 2000s, he has been in a relationship with Richard Clifford (Duke Charles of Orleans) since the mid 1970s. Clifford and Jacobi filed for a Civil Partnership in 2006.
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Paul Scofield and Sir Ian Holm appeared in Hamlet (1990). Their roles; as the Ghost and Polonius, respectively. These roles would be played in Sir Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), by cast members Brian Blessed and Richard Briers.
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Reunites Sir Ian Holm and Sir Robert Stephens from BBC's radio drama "The Lord of the Rings" (1981). In that play, Frodo Baggins (Holm) was a follower of Lord Aragorn (Stephens). Here, the roles are reversed, with Stephens playing Auncient Pistol, a low-ranking soldier under the command of Holm's Captain Fluellen.
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For the French version of this movie, Gérard Depardieu dubbed Sir Kenneth Branagh.
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Dame Judi Dench, who plays Hostess Nell Quickly, played Katherine of France in an earlier, multi-episode adaptation of the play, An Age of Kings (1960).
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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.
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Sir Kenneth Branagh and Christian Bale appeared in Swing Kids (1993).
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The version of this movie that was shown in April 2016 by BBC 2, had this branded as an Icon/MGM movie.
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Alec McCowen (The Bishop of Ely) played the Chorus in Henry V (1979).
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Cameo 

Patrick Doyle: The first soldier to sing in the Agincourt battle's aftermath.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sir Kenneth Branagh said in an interview that carrying the "corpse" of Christian Bale caused him terrible back pain. He carried his dead weight for the whole of a long tracking shot. The look on his face was genuine pain, and not acting.
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This movie depicts the hanging of Bardolph (Richard Briers), which was only alluded to in the play.
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