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Henry V

Synopsis
Feature film version of Shakespeare’s play. Kenneth Branagh’s directorial debut which is widely regarded as heralding a ‘renaissance’ in filmed Shakespeare in the 1990s.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1989
Duration
137 mins; 12, 344 feet

Credits

Director
Kenneth Branagh
Producer
Bruce Sharman
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Patrick Doyle
Costume
Phyllis Dalton
Cast
Kenneth BranaghKing Henry V
Derek JacobiChorus
Charles KayArchbishop of Canterbury
Emma ThompsonKatherine
Michael MaloneyDauphin
Alec McCowenBishop of Ely
Brian BlessedDuke of Exeter
Christian BaleBoy (Falstaff’s page)
Christopher RavenscroftMontjoy
David ParfittMessenger
Fabian CartwrightRichard, Earl of Cambridge
Geoffrey HutchingsNim
Geraldine McEwanAlice
Harold InnocentDuke of Burgundy
Ian HolmFluellen
James LarkinDuke of Bedford
James SimmonsDuke of York
James VilliersSir Thomas Grey
Jimmy YuillJamy
John SessionsMacmorris
Judi DenchHostess, formerly Mistress Quickly
Michael WilliamsMichael Williams
Paul GregoryEarl of Westmoreland
Paul ScofieldKing Charles VI of France
Richard BriersBardolph
Richard CliffordDuke of Orleans
Robbie ColtraneSir John Falstaff
Robert StephensPistol
Simon ShepherdDuke of Gloucester

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry V
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
drama in English; performances; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Kenneth Branagh, Film Director for Henry V
Little Touch of Harry: The Making of Henry V, A

Notes

Notes
The DVD is a wide-screen version. Budget estimated $9,000,000.
Figures
$10,161,099 gross USA (2005) Box Office Guru
Awards
Academy Award 1990 - Best Costume (Phyllis Dalton)
BAFTA Film Award 1990 - Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography (MacMillan), Best Costume Design, Best Production Design (Harvey). Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 1990 - Best Foreign Film
Reviews
Crowl, Samuel, The Films of Kenneth Branagh (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2006), pp.19-36.

Production Company

Name

Renaissance Films

Distributor

Name

Curzon Artificial Eye

Email
info@curzon.com
Web
https://www.curzonartificialeye.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7240 5353
Address
22 Stukeley Street
London
WC2B 5LR
Notes
Known as ‘Curzon Film Distributors Ltd’ until 2016.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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