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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 1946
DVD 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

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

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Emanuel Levy

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

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
London Evening Standard

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

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
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
Joseph Boomhower
What an ingenious move Laurence Olivier made when bringing William Shakespeare's historical play "Henry V" to the big screen in 1944. The film… More
Danny Rovira
Laurence Olivier's brilliantly astonishing, lyrical and poetic adaptation of William Shakespeare's play which is the first filmed version of that… 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
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