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Henry V

  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Laurence Olivier
  • 131 mins
  • U

Summary

Classic historical drama, based on Shakespeare's play, directed by and starring Laurence Olivier. Having won the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury for his claim to the throne of France, Henry prepares his army for invasion.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Having failed to secure the services of William Wyler or Carol Reed, Laurence Olivier embarked on his directorial debut with some misgivings. David O Selznick had already refused to allow Olivier's wife Vivien Leigh to play Katharine as he didn't want his star in a bit part, and the war had necessitated the shooting of the Agincourt scenes in Ireland to find enough extras. Nevertheless, Olivier's triumphant interpretation of Shakespeare's warrior king succeeded in making the Bard's work a truly cinematic experience and paved the way for the director's Oscar-winning Hamlet four years later. Released to great acclaim with victory over Hitler in sight, the film chimed in with the nation's ebullience and it remains a colourful and rousing spectacle.

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Credits

Cast

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King Henry VLaurence Olivier
Ancient PistolRobert Newton
ChorusLeslie Banks
Princess KatharineRenée Asherson
FluellenEsmond Knight
Constable of FranceLeo Genn
Montjoy, a French heraldRalph Truman
King Charles VI of FranceHarcourt Williams
Alice, lady-in-waitingIvy St Helier
Duke of Berri, French ambassadorErnest Thesiger
The DauphinMax Adrian
Duke of OrleansFrancis Lister
Duke of BurgundyValentine Dyall
Duke of BourbonRussell Thorndike
Gower, captain in English armyMichael Shepley
Jamy, captain in English campJohn Laurie
MacMorris, captain in English armyNiall MacGinnis
Archbishop of CanterburyFelix Aylmer
Duke of ExeterNicholas Hannen
Bishop of ElyRobert Helpmann
Mistress QuicklyFreda Jackson
Williams, soldier in English campJimmy Hanley
Sir John FalstaffGeorge Robey

Crew

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DirectorLaurence Olivier

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2016-05-27
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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