Chimes at Midnight
Chimes at Midnight (1965)

In this memorable adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, the friendship between the rogue Falstaff and the wild Prince Hal is fated to end when the young man gives up his dissolute life and assumes the throne England after… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 22, 1965
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2016
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Welles' vision and imagination is unmatched in film. His use of light in a forbidding, dark castle is a wonder.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Chimes at Midnight, whose very title resounds with awareness of mortality, is stylistically a bleak and cold vision, with steam often visible on the actors' breath in the frigid air.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Thanks to an astonishingly crisp restoration, Orson Welles' 1965 Shakespearean masterpiece can now be appreciated by anyone who thought his best days behind the camera ended with Touch of Evil.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

The best and most touchingly personal of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes At Midnight is pervaded by melancholy and loneliness, even though its characters are almost seen never alone.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[Those expecting] a Citizen Kane 2.0 will be a little disappointed, but it's still a fantastic movie with beautiful black-and-white cinematography and a compelling performance from Welles.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who's as majestic in folly as he is in girth.

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Well, now Janus Films has executed a wondrous restoration. It's a knockout. The story of Shakespeare's great Sir John Falstaff character is no longer a diamond the rough. It is simply a breathtaking diamond.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen M
Considering that just about everything Orson Welles directed after "Citizen Kane" was compromised by studio interference and/or budgetary constraints,… More
Alec Barniskis
Welles is obviously a great Falstaff but not in the ways you'd expect. His bold performance consistently defies conventional takes on the character.
Stella Dallas
magnificent. the finest shakespeare adaptation i've seen with one of the finest battle scenes ever filmed! absolutely breathtaking. it's criminal… More
Mike T.
Complaints about low-quality dubbing seem unfair in the face of such stunning images and inspired direction. Orson Welles' vision is strange, powerful and… More
John Ballantine
Perhaps I was not in the mood to take in one of Shakespeare's lesser regarded works but I completely did not enjoy this Welles' masterpiece.
Simeon Deutsch
Visually stupendous exercise from Orson Welles that should be at the front line of Great Movies next to his other masterpieces. I'm not a huge Shakespeare… More