Drama | English | 136 minutes
King Henry of England believes he has a justifiable claim to the throne of France. When the French Dauphin insults Henry as being young and inexperienced, Henry decides to invade France. The British meet the French forces and the fierce and bloody Battle at Agincourt commences. It is 1415. Before the battle, Henry delivers his famous speech to the troops, “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” The British defeat the French. France is thus under the control of England and the French King, Charles VI, accepts Henry as his successor. While discussing peace, Henry woos and marries the French Princess Katherine.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Film; Honorary Award, Laurence Olivier, for Outstanding Achievement as Actor, Producer, Director
- National Board of Review: Winner, Best Film; Best Actor (Laurence Olivier); Listed, Top Ten Best Films of the Year
- New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
- Henry V received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
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HENRY V was Olivier’s first Shakespearean film and he directed it with brilliant imagination and elegance.
A fine group of British craftsmen and actors, headed by Laurence Olivier, have concocted a stunningly brilliant and intriguing screen spectacle.Olivier’s performance of Henry sets a standard for excellence. His majestic and heroic bearing, his full and vibrant use of his voice, create a kingly figure around which the other characters highly spin.
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