Stirring, expansive retelling of Shakespeare's drama about the warrior-king of England. Branagh stars as Henry, leading his troops and uniting his kingdom against France. Very impressive production rivals Olivier's 1945 rendering but differs by stressing the high cost of war--showing the ego-mania, doubts, and subterfuge that underlie conflicts. Marvelous film-directorial debut for Branagh (who also adapted the screenplay). Wonderful supporting cast includes some of Britain's finest actors.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 138 minutes.
Originally from British.
Oscars 1989: Costume Des.; British Acad. 1989: Director (Branagh); Natl. Bd. of Review 1989: Director (Branagh).
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