Henry V is a 1989 British historical drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare's play of the same name about King Henry V of England. The film stars Branagh in the title role with Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Brian Blessed, and Christian Bale in supporting roles.


The film begins with Chorus, in this case a person in modern dress, introducing the subject of the play. He is walking through an empty film studio and ends his monologue by opening the doors to begin the main action. Chorus reappears several times during the film, his speeches helping to explain and progress the action.


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    award Academy Award for Best Costume Design BAFTA Award for Best Direction European Film Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Director National Board of Review: Top Ten Films Young European Film of the Year
    contentLocation England
    director Kenneth Branagh
    editor Michael Bradsell
    events Battle of Agincourt internal conflict social conflict
    genre drama historical
    keywords 15th century ancient pistol archbishop of canterbury archery armor bardolph behind enemy lines bishop of ely calais campaign charles d'albret chivalry church clergyman code of chivalry constable of france corporal nym decree engage english channel english longbow fluellen france good time governor harfleur heir to the throne help henry chichele henry v henry v of england henry vi henry vi of england invasion john falstaff john fordham kill king henry v king of france lady-in-waiting loot meet military campaign mistress quickly monologue montjoy morning nobility nobleman non nobis open outnumber page pass plate armour pronunciation salic law st crispin's day speech tennis ball the constable of france the king thomas erpingham throne room time out tracking shot treaty of troyes walk walled city wound
    musicBy Patrick Doyle
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role BAFTA Award for Best Direction BAFTA Award for Best Sound European Film Award for Best Actor Young European Film of the Year
    producer Bruce Sharman
    productionCompany BBC Film
    publisher Curzon Artificial Eye
    theme epic independent war