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Henry IV Part I (1979)

The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry Surnamed Hotspur (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 9 December 1979
Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed "Hotspur"). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director:

David Giles

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Finch ... King Henry the Fourth
David Gwillim ... Henry, Prince of Wales
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ... Prince John of Lancaster
Robert Brown ... Sir Walter Blunt
David Buck David Buck ... Earl of Westmoreland
Clive Swift ... Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Henry Percy, Hotspur
Bruce Purchase ... Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Robert Morris Robert Morris ... Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March
John Cairney ... Archibald, Earl of Douglas
David Neal ... Scroop, Archbishop of York
Norman Rutherford Norman Rutherford ... Sir Michael
Richard Owens ... Owen Glendower
Terence Wilton Terence Wilton ... Sir Richard Vernon
Anthony Quayle ... Sir John Falstaff
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Storyline

Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed "Hotspur"). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in favor of heavy drinking and petty theft in the company of a debauched elderly knight, Sir John Falstaff. Hal must extricate himself from some legal problems, regain his father's good opinions, and help suppress the uprising. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

9 December 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry IV, Part I See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The week prior to the screening of this episode in the U.K. and the U.S., Richard II (1978) was repeated as a lead-in to the trilogy. The episode also began with Richard's death scene from the previous play. See more »

Goofs

Henry butters his hands while talking to Hal. In the next cut he is wearing gloves. We then see him continuing to butter his hands and only the does he put on the gloves. See more »

Connections

Version of König Heinrich IV. (1975) See more »

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Great, if stagy
2 December 2004 | by keelanSee all my reviews

You need to remember that these were all filmed for the BBC/Time-Life Shakespeare plays; the budget did not allow high production values. Still, (disagreeing with the other comment) Jon Finch's Henry IV is a highlight. Twisted up, obsessive, but still with something regal, the performance seems better every time I watch. Finch was Polanski's Macbeth. It is Tim Piggott-Smith who does Hotspur (not Purchase, who does Old Percy) in a fine performance. Quayle's Falstaff is spitty and reptilian, and Gwillim's Hal nuanced. One of the gems of the series. The histories are some of the gems of Shakespeare, too often ignored in the US. You must know Falstaff, and this is as good an intro as any. Review the characters in advance, and you'll be fine.


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