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Henry V

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.53 /10
Laurence Olivier , Robert Newton , Leslie Banks
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Directed by: Laurence Olivier (AAW - special award)
Written by: Laurence Olivier, Alan Dent from William Shakespeare's play

Released: 1944
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Length: 137

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"An ambitious, artistic and thoughtful film that has in it many moments of thrilling beauty... some of the finest scenes the motion picture has yet given us... There are... times when it stumbles somewhat confusedly, losing valuable ground on the perilous ascent to greatness... A noble experiment."
(Diana Webber, Sound)
"One of my dearest wishes [is to get a] film that has unity and sureness, one that never stumbles in confusion as this enormously expensive production does half the time."
(Richard Winnington, News Chronicle)
"Fussy, stately, stylized, and almost too richly hued, it hovers awfully close (in tone and aspect) to Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's luxuriant, borderline-campy The Red Shoes (1948) and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), but is saved by its intelligence, its patent earnestness of intent, and its director's manifest reverence for the text at hand."
(Bruce Bawer, American Spectator, 1989)

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