Taglines: The great adventure of a king who defied the odds to prove himself a man.
King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young king must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.
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 received worldwide critical acclaim and has been widely considered one of the best Shakespeare film adaptations ever made. For her work on the film, Phyllis Dalton won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and Kenneth Branagh, in his directorial debut, received Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Director.
Henry V (1989)
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Christian Bale, Fabian Cartwright, Charles Kay
Screenplay by: Kenneth Branagh
Production Design by: Tim Harvey
Cinematography by: Kenneth MacMillan
Film Editing by: Michael Bradsell
Costume Design by: Phyllis Dalton
Art Direction by: Martin Childs, Norman Dorme, John King
Music by: Patrick Doyle
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a bloody battle.
Distributed by: The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release Date: October 6, 1989