Henry V

1989, History/Drama, 2h 17m

40 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Pehaps Kenneth Branagh's most fully realized Shakespeare adaptation, Henry V is an energetic, passionate, and wonderfully acted film. Read critic reviews

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In this gritty screen adaptation of Shakespeare's play about the heroic and ruthless king, Henry V of England (Kenneth Branagh) determines to lay claim to the kingdom of France. Henry's self-doubt and the diminished morale of his army stand in the way of a victory that would unite the two countries and provide Henry with a queen (Emma Thompson). However, his sheer determination and his impassioned speeches ready his men for the bloodiest of battles -- Agincourt.

Cast & Crew

Ian Holm
Fluellen
Paul Scofield
French King
Michael Williams
Williams
Judi Dench
Mistress Quickly
Stephen Evans
Executive Producer
Kenneth MacMillan
Cinematographer
Patrick Doyle
Original Music
Tim Harvey
Production Design
Martin Childs
Art Direction
Norman Dorme
Art Direction
John King
Art Direction
David Tringham
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Henry V

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  • Branagh has made a hotblooded, lively and moving Henry V that speaks pertinently to a new generation.

    June 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There is a great deal of value in Branagh`s version, not least in his own lead performance as a soft, indefinite Henry who defines himself over the course of the play.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If Olivier gave us the glint of sunlight on armor and the wind roaring through the pennants and flags, Branagh gives us the rot, the mold, the wounds and the crusted blood underneath.

    November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a boldness to Branagh's Henry V, which shows off the cinematic possibilities of Shakespeare without a lot of distracting razzle-dazzle.

    February 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents.

    July 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It might never be as famous as Olivier's, but it should carry considerable clout for years to come.

    July 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Branagh has made a hotblooded, lively and moving Henry V that speaks pertinently to a new generation.

    June 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There is a great deal of value in Branagh`s version, not least in his own lead performance as a soft, indefinite Henry who defines himself over the course of the play.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If Olivier gave us the glint of sunlight on armor and the wind roaring through the pennants and flags, Branagh gives us the rot, the mold, the wounds and the crusted blood underneath.

    November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There's a boldness to Branagh's Henry V, which shows off the cinematic possibilities of Shakespeare without a lot of distracting razzle-dazzle.

    February 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Reigniting Shakespeare's poetry on screen, the movie is not only accessible to a general audience -- it has enough excitement, wit and suspense to hold its own in the Hollywood fray.

    June 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is a solidly mounted production, with the contrasts between the finery of the court and the grime of the battlefield as striking as the excellent cast of noted thespians.

    November 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Henry V

  • Feb 21, 2015
    It's probably good if you're into Shakespeare. It went right over my head.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2013
    The Branaugh take on Shakespeare starts here with the film that had everyone comparing him to Larry Olivier. It is possible that we embraced this first very good Shakespearean film since Olivier a little easily. Branaugh is no Olivier after all and this film is not as good as Larry's in '44.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Good. But too much left out.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2012
    Worth watching just for Branagh's rousing Agincourt speech.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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