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Plot, Details & Awards

Henry V

(1989)
PG-13 In Theaters 11/8/1989 , 138min.
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Plot & Details

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 dialogue with King Charles of France (Paul Scofield). The king's son, Dauphin (Michael Maloney), insults Henry and the argument escalates into war. In flashback, Henry is seen as a young man drinking in a tavern with Falstaff (Robbie Coltrane), Bardolph (Richard Briers), Nym (Geoffrey Hutchings), Pistol (Robert Stephens), and Mistress Quickly (Judi Dench). Meanwhile, Henry and his captain, Fluellen (Ian Holm), assemble an army and invade France. The French greatly outnumber the British troops, yet Henry leads them to victory in the Battle of Agincourt after delivering his famous St. Crispin's Day Speech. Throughout this struggle, Henry also courts Katherine (Emma Thompson) and eventually wins her over.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Phyllis Dalton Won
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Kenneth Branagh Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Kenneth Branagh Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Kenneth Branagh Nominated
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Kenneth Branagh Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Kenneth Branagh Nominated
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Kenneth Branagh Won

European Film Academy

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 European Film Academy Best Actor Kenneth Branagh Won
1990 European Film Academy Best Young European Film Kenneth Branagh Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
1989 National Board of Review Best Director Kenneth Branagh Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 New York Film Critics Circle Best New Director Kenneth Branagh Won

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