Overall Rank: 2374
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 51
Theatrical Release Date: 11/08/1989
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Actors: Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench
Plot: A great cast of Englishmen execute Shakespeare's history, leading up to Kenneth Branagh's elegant Saint Crispin's Day speech.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/19/2012
Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's play was his directorial debut and at the time many balked at the very idea that this young whipper snapper could dare to get in the ring with Laurence Olivier and his then definitive version. This film is a completely different proposition however, choosing to use the cinematic medium to great effect to breathe gritty, believable life into the characters and story. He is of course backed up by probably the finest assemblance of Shakespearian talent whose pedigree shines through in a faultless collection of performances, from the arrogance and politicking of the nobles to the earthy pathos of the common soldier. Even the uninitiated who can be intimidated by the seemingly inpenetrable prose should be able to follow the plot because of the …
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