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(1989)

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Sir Ian McKellen turned down the role of the King of France.
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A "Save the Rose Theatre" press day to support Sam Wanamaker, was held near the end of filming. Two of the actors in attendance performed speeches. Gérard Depardieu not only dubbed the title role in French, circa May 1989, but also helped to secure distribution for this movie in France. In thanks, Sir Kenneth Branagh cast him in Hamlet (1996) in the small role of Reynaldo (Polonius' servant). Branagh and Depardieu have also shared the role of Cyrano de Bergerac.
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As Falstaff is dying, the screenplay interpolates a flashback scene from (and a paraphrase of) Act 2, scene 4 of William Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 1. In it, Falstaff jokingly tells Prince Hal (later to become King Henry V) that when he is King, he may stop socializing with all their other friends, but he shouldn't banish Falstaff himself from his company: "banish plump Jack, and banish all the world."
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This was one of Marlon Brando's favorite movies.
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This was Sir Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut.
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The character of Michael Williams was created by William Shakespeare in 1599. In 1989, Sir Kenneth Branagh chose Michael Williams to play the role.
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Montjoy (Christopher Ravenscroft), the French herald, was expanded from a minor role in the play, to a more prominent role in the movie, by giving the lines of multiple characters to this one role. For instance, in the movie, Montjoy brings in the reports of the dead. In the play, this is done by an English herald. Here, this action highlights the increasing civility towards King Henry that is shown in Montjoy and the French nobles and Princes alike.
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The famous London costume house Angels & Bermans provided most of the costumes for this movie, just as they had done for Sir Laurence Olivier's Henry V (1944).
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Kenneth Branagh (King Henry V) is the last actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role in a Shakespearean film. He was nominated for Best Actor but lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in My Left Foot (1989).
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The film takes place in 1415.
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This was the first of ten movies directed by Kenneth Branagh in which Richard Briers appeared. The others are Peter's Friends (1992), Swan Song (1992), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000) In the Bleak Midwinter/A Midwinter's Tale and As You Like It (2006).
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This was the first William Shakespeare movie made using Dolby Stereo.
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Paul Scofield and Sir Ian Holm appeared in Hamlet (1990) as the Ghost and Polonius, respectively. These roles were played in Sir Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) by cast members Brian Blessed and Richard Briers. Michael Maloney, the Dauphin, was also in both Hamlet (1990) and Hamlet (1996) as Rosencranz and Laertes.
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This movie reunited Sir Ian Holm and Robert Stephens from BBC's radio drama "The Lord of the Rings" (1981). In that play, Frodo Baggins (Holm) was a follower of Lord Aragorn (Stephens). Here, the roles are reversed, with Stephens playing Auncient Pistol, a low-ranking soldier under the command of Holm's Captain Fluellen.
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For the French version of this movie, Gérard Depardieu dubbed Sir Kenneth Branagh.
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Judi Dench (Mistress Nell Quickly) previously played Katherine of France in An Age of Kings (1960).
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Sir Kenneth Branagh's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
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Alec McCowen (The Bishop of Ely) played the Chorus in Henry V (1979).
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Cameo 

Patrick Doyle: The first soldier to sing in the Agincourt battle's aftermath.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Sir Kenneth Branagh said in an interview that carrying the "corpse" of Christian Bale caused him terrible back pain. He carried his dead weight for the whole of a long tracking shot. The look on his face was genuine pain and not acting.
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This movie depicts the hanging of Bardolph, which was only alluded to in the play.
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Contains a flashback scene to ACT 1, Scene 2: of William Shakespeare's "Henry IV, part 1", where Jack Falstaff proclaims "Do not thou, when thou art King, hang a thief." This flashback line is instead given to Bardolph, to make it more poignant when Henry hangs him.
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