Henry V

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Released 1989

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Director:
Kenneth Branagh
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13
Henry V is a filmed adaptation of William Shakespeare's legendary play about one of England's greatest kings. The film opens with the Chorus (Derek Jacobi) setting the stage of the film. As it begins, Henry (Kenneth Branagh) is the newly-crowned King of England who must decide whether to make war with France after he is insulted by King Charles VI of France (Paul Scofield). He plots his strategy with both his dukes and the clever Welsh officer, Fluellen (Ian Holm). Occasionally he looks back at the time when he was simply Prince Hal, the carefree son of the king and companion of the irascible Falstaff (Robbie Coltrane). Ultimately, however, Henry realizes that he must assume the responsibility of being a king to his people and raises an army to invade France. Despite being hopelessly outnumbered by the French, Henry leads his army in the Battle of Agincourt on the Feast of St. Crispian's Day. Will he be able to inspire his men to victory?moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What works best in the film is the over-all vision. Branagh is able to see himself as a king, and so we can see him as one.

  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Mr. Branagh has made a fine, rousing new English film adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Henry V,'' a movie that need not apologize to Laurence Olivier's 1944 classic.

  • 80

    Variety

    Henry V is a stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents.

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    Military & War, Historical, Epics, Classics