Henry V

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

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Kenneth Branagh makes his feature-film directorial debut with this adaptation of William Shakespeare's +Henry V. After the Chorus (Derek Jacobi) introduces the play, young king of England Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) begins an angry dialogue with King Charles of France (Paul Scofield). The king's son, Dauphin (Michael Maloney), insults Henry and the argument escalates into war. In flashback, Henry is seen as a young man drinking in a tavern with Falstaff (Robbie Coltrane), Bardolph (Richard Briers), Nym (Geoffrey Hutchings), Pistol (Robert Stephens), and Mistress Quickly (Judi Dench). Meanwhile, Henry and his captain, Fluellen (Ian Holm), assemble an army and invade France. The French greatly outnumber the British troops, yet Henry leads them to victory in the Battle of Agincourt after delivering his famous St. Crispin's Day Speech. Throughout this struggle, Henry also courts Katherine (Emma Thompson) and eventually wins her over.

Cast

Ian Holm
as Fluellen
Simon Shepherd
as Duke of Gloucester
James Larkin
as Bedford
Paul Gregory
as Earl of Westmoreland
Charles Kay
as Archbishop of Canterbury
Alec McCowen
as Bishop of Ely
Edward Jewesbury
as Sir Thomas Erpingham
Danny Webb
as Capt. Gower
John Sessions
as Capt. MacMorris
Pat Doyle
as Court
Richard Briers
as Lt. Bardolph
Robert Stephens
as Ancient Pistol
Robbie Coltrane
as Sir John Falstaff
Christian Bale
as Falstaff's Boy
Judi Dench
as Mistress Quickly
Paul Scofield
as French King
Richard Innocent
as Duke of Burgundy
Richard Clifford
as Duke of Orleans
Colin Hurley
as Grandpre
Richard Easton
as Constable of France
Emma Thompson
as Princess Katherine
David Lloyd Meredith
as Governor of Harfleur
David Parfitt
as Messenger
Nigel Greaves
as Duke of Berri
Mark Inman
as Soldier #1
Chris Armstrong
as Soldier #2
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Critic Reviews for Henry V

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (38)

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Aside from the confusing scenes with Falstaff, it all works very well and is very impressive considering it is Branagh's directorial debut.

    February 6, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | 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…
  • [VIDEO ESSAY] Toward "turning many years into an hourglass," Branagh the screenwriter condenses "King Henry the Fifth," while adding in elements from the first and second parts of "King Henry the Fourth." The effect is seamless.

    January 29, 2012 | Rating: A | 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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