Henry V
Henry V (1989)

Kenneth Branagh makes his feature-film directorial debut with this adaptation of William Shakespeare's +Henry V. After the Chorus (Derek Jacobi) introduces the play, young king of England Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) begins an angry… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 8, 1989
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
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Consensus: Pehaps Kenneth Branagh's most fully realized Shakespeare adaptation, Henry V is an energetic, passionate, and wonderfully acted film.

Variety Staff

A stirring, gritty and enjoyable pic which offers a plethora of fine performances from some of the U.K.'s brightest talents.

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Benedict Nightingale
New York Times

Mr. Branagh's Henry has psychological heft and intellectual weight.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

There's a boldness to Branagh's Henry V, which shows off the cinematic possibilities of Shakespeare without a lot of distracting razzle-dazzle.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The cast -- including Derek Jacobi as the modern-dress chorus, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane in an effective cameo as Falstaff -- is uniformly fine without any grandstanding.

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Amy E. Schwartz
Washington Post

More questioning, more agonized, finally more humble.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Toward "turning many years into an hourglass," Branagh the screenwriter condenses "King Henry the Fifth," while adding in elements from the first and second parts of "King Henry the Fourth." The effect is seamless.

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Time Out

Branagh succeeds in his blunt, robust portrayal of the Soldier-King, hauling the film along in the wake of his own gung-ho performance.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Everything about this remarkable production is exhilaratingly unexpected.

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Like Sir Larry's, this remains Branagh's best movie and although less spirited and more actorish than its predecessor, it has a modern feel and a grittier tone to it, notably in the battle scenes.

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Christian C
Good. But too much left out.
John Ballantine
The Branaugh take on Shakespeare starts here with the film that had everyone comparing him to Larry Olivier. It is possible that we embraced this first very… More
xGary Xx
Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's play was his directorial debut and at the time many balked at the very idea that this young whipper… More
Cameron Johnson
People, I present to you a film so British that it is a remake of a Laurence Olivier film, and I say it like that because this thing is just too faithful to… More
Lanning : )
No one on the contemporary movie scene -- or ever on the screen -- does Shakespeare better than Branagh. As both actor and director, he is simply the best. He… More
Danny Rovira
Kenneth Branagh's spectacular, totally engrossing adaptation of William Shakespeare play is his finest cinematic achievement to date. A feast for both the… More

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