Kenneth Branagh makes his directorial debut and also plays the title role in HENRY V, a film that began a resurgence of interest in films of Shakespeare's plays. Henry is a young king seeking a way to make his mark on history. He gets his chance when he learns he can make a legal claim to the throne of France. He does, and arrives in France with a small army that soon meets with violent resistance from the French. The film follows Henry and his men through the brutality of fifteenth century warfare as the ragtag band confronts heavy opposition and their own destinies on a rainy French battlefield. The film expertly balances the thrilling heroics of the battle sequences with the painful and complex reactions of men who are sometimes unsure of the justice of their cause. True to Shakespeare's original text, an unnamed Chorus (Derek Jacobi) appears periodically, filling in details and offering a running commentary on the action. HENRY V is a rousing, fascinating film about the power of courage and the price of glory.
1989 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Judi Dench - Oscar-winning British actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Dame Judi Dench - Oscar-winning British actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
Kenneth Branagh - British Director-Actor
Emma Thompson - British actress
Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
Sir Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
Robbie Coltrane - British Actor
William Shakespeare - Sixteenth century English playwright/poet
Christian Bale - Welsh actor, BATMAN BEGINS
Paul Scofield - Oscar-winning British actor; A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)
- Format: Blu-Ray
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 826663155907
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
- Release Date: January 2015
Crowned at a young age, Henry V becomes determined to be a decisive leader. After being insulted by a French envoy, he asserts a hereditary claim to France, gathers his army, and marches toward the miraculous Battle of Agincourt. HENRY V is a sweeping and exhilirating achievement by first time director Kenneth Branagh.
Theatrical Release: December 1989 Filmed at Lee Shepperton Studios, England. HENRY V was actor-stage director Kenneth Branagh's film directing debut. Derek Jacobi (Chorus) would also appear as Claudius in Branagh's HAMLET. HENRY V was Christian Bale's next screen appearance after his critically acclaimed role in Steven Spielberg's EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
"...[Branagh] has made a fine, rousing new English film adaptation....Psychological heft and intellectual weight..." - 11/08/1989 New York Times, p.C19
"...[Branagh's] skill and passion equal his daring. This thrilling new version of the play complements rather than challenges Olivier's....It's a pleasure to welcome this young lion and his company's splendid HENRY to their ranks..." - 11/08/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C1