Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France
Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France (1946)

Laurence Olivier's adaptation of Henry V is one of the finest Shakespeare films ever made, full of rousing action, beautiful colors, and passionate performances. Henry V is the story of the newly crowned king of England, who fights the… More

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Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A patriotic booster, Laurence Olivier's directorial debut and star turn as Henry V result in a sharply realized and resonant take on Shakespeare's deeply British warrior king.

Manny Farber
The New Republic

While definitely athletic, pageant-minded and somewhat recognizable after all of the war dramas that have come out since Elizabethan times, no movie has given a more poignant impression of men in battle or been so cutting about the waste and folly of war.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The color, the sets, the expanse and the imaginative quality of the filming are unexcelled.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Experimental in its approach to adapating Shakespeare to the big screen, Laurence Olivier's film is an innovative, stunningly looking, well-acted work.

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James Agee
TIME Magazine

The movies have produced one of their rare great works of art.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

If it has power now, it's for Larry's commanding soldier-king and for his audacious sub-Brechtian adapatation, which scythes the text to reveal the heart - notably in the extraordinary, moving, pre-battle 'A little touch of Harry' exposing cold fear's co

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Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Great Olivier performance and direction.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

One can pick plenty of bones with Laurence Olivier's direction of the Shakespeare play, but this 1945 film is still a powerful production from many standpoints.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A stunningly brilliant and intriguing screen spectacle, rich in theatrical invention, in heroic imagery and also gracefully regardful of the conventions of the Elizabethan stage.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Olivier's terrific performance and William Walton's sweeping score render it one of the best Shakespeare films ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Not at all what I expected. The use to the theater stage and "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood"-esque production design in fascinating. Can defiantly… More
Dimitris Springer
Olivier,the brave little toaster.Megalomaniac beyond good and evil,a person who pushed Shakespeare to the limits,and in his personal Henry V vision tarnishes… More
John Ballantine
This is Laurence Olivier's pinnacle in his film adaptations of Shakespeare's work. It is bright and colourful in a way that films were not during this… More
Cameron Johnson
"I am Henry V; I am Henry V; I am, I am!" No, wait, that's Henry VII... or IV, or VI or IX or CCLXXXII. Man, there were too many King Henrys… More