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Henry V (1979)

The Life of Henry the Fifth (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | TV Movie 23 December 1979
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director:

David Giles

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Abineri ... Bishop of Ely
Robert Ashby Robert Ashby ... Earl of Salisbury
Trevor Baxter ... Archbishop of canterbury
Rod Beacham Rod Beacham ... Earl of Warwick
Jocelyne Boisseau Jocelyne Boisseau ... Katherine
Simon Broad Simon Broad ... Herald
Alan Brown Alan Brown ... Governor of Harfleur
Brenda Bruce ... Hostess
John Bryans John Bryans ... Duke of Bourbon
David Buck David Buck ... Earl of Westmoreland
Ronald Chenery Ronald Chenery ... Messenger
Roger Davenport Roger Davenport ... Duke of Clarence
Keith Drinkel Keith Drinkel ... Lewis, the Dauphin
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ... Duke of Bedford
Ronald Forfar Ronald Forfar ... Bates
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

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Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry V See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not unabridged, not Branagh, but worth watching
1 January 2007 | by flash-104See all my reviews

I'll start with a correction to another review: Like most or all of the other BBC Shakespeare productions I've watched, this has some minor abridgments, e.g., the haggling about "Heir to France" in V.2. It's nothing like as extreme as the "Good Bits" approach that Branagh took, and indeed leaves in some passages that suggest that even Shakespeare nods, such as Fluellen's nattering about Macedonian and Monmouth rivers immediately after mourning the massacre of the boys.

Like most of the other BBC Shakespeare I've watched, it's mostly competent, low-key, and not very dramatic. (After Olivier and Branagh, it was kind of interesting to see a sedate Crispin's Day speech.) There are some outright mistakes in the directing, at least in the light of Branagh. I don't see how anyone, for instance, could ever have directed Nym's leave-taking from Mistress Quickly as casual. But there are bits of Shakespeare here you won't see anywhere else, so it's worth watching, once you've seen Olivier and Branagh.


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