Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France
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Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France
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 French for possession of Normandy. Olivier's direction is inventive, beginning the film as if it were a performance at the Globe Theatre, and having it slowly expand so the final battle scenes take place in realistic settings. Released in 1944 during the height of World War II, Henry V didn't receive an American release until 1946, upon which Olivier… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"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."
‑ Manny Farber, The New Republic
"The color, the sets, the expanse and the imaginative quality of the filming are unexcelled."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Experimental in its approach to adapating Shakespeare to the big screen, Laurence Olivier's film is an innovative, stunningly looking, well-acted work."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A bold, clear reading of Shakespeare's play and an exhilarating piece of wartime propaganda."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The first completely serious attempt to bring Shakespeare to the sound film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The movies have produced one of their rare great works of art."
‑ James Agee, TIME Magazine
"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"
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Great Olivier performance and direction."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The dashing Olivier gives an exceptional performance, whether galvanizing his troops with his soaring oratory, or realizing on the eve of combat the king's profound isolation."
‑ , Total Film
"Shakespeare's finest hour on the big screen to date."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Olivier's terrific performance and William Walton's sweeping score render it one of the best Shakespeare films ever made."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"A towering performance from Olivier cements this as a true example of flag-waving cinema."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A colorful, spectacular adaptation, made to inspire the WWII troops, which it does. Olivier at the top of his art."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)