King Henry V of England (Sir Kenneth Branagh) is insulted by King Charles VI of France (Paul Scofield). As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young King must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.Written by
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The French herald, Montjoy, is with Henry V when he receives the lists of the dead. This is immediately followed by the tracking shot of Henry walking over the battlefield, part-way through which he passes Montjoy who bows to him. Unless Montjoy did some pointless off-camera sprinting, he could not have got ahead of Henry in time. See more »
O! For a Muse of fire, that would ascend; The brightest heaven of invention; A kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; And at his heels, leash'd in like hounds, should famine, sword, and fire crouch for employment.
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The unique think about this film is that there aren't any weak performance amongst any of the actors, however small their role.
One actor I feels merits a mention is Christopher Ravenscroft for his portrayal of the French Herald, Mountjoy. He plays a key part in this ply as the only character who meets both English and French leaders until after the battle.
His shock and awe in the tennis balls scene when her realises that Henry isn't a silly young man is terrific.
Great film. I've got on video and watch two or three times a year. My teenage sons were gripped by it. This is the way to introduce teenagers to Shakespeare.
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