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* OffscreenTeleportation: A subtle example during the post-battle walk sequence; at one point the camera leaves King Henry to show a wider view of the muddy, corpse-strewn battlefield. When we next see the King, he appears to have crossed half the field much faster than he possibly could. This was probably to spare Creator/KennethBranagh having to carry Christian Bale (pretending to be dead) across the entire field.


** Henry's "I was not angry since I came to France!" line is given a different context from the play, as he shouts it immediately after discovering the boys in the luggage train murdered by the French knights. He drags the French herald off his horse when he arrives a moment later just to prove he's angry.

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** Henry's "I was not angry since I came to France!" line is given a different context from the play, as play. In Shakespeare's original, Captain Fluellen and Gower return to find the baggage train raided and all the boys in the camp slaughtered, they talk about how horrible this is for about half a minute, then launch into a debate about whether Henry is like Alexander the Great and how he turned Falstaff away. Then Henry comes in with his line. Here he shouts it immediately after discovering the boys in the luggage train murdered by the French knights.boys. He drags the French herald off his horse when he arrives a moment later just to prove he's angry.


** It also omits the bit of Henry and Burgundy exchanging double-entendres about Katherine, right there in front of her, and after Henry's told her he loves her.

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** It also omits the bit of Henry and Burgundy exchanging double-entendres about Katherine, Katherine in English (which she doesn't understand), right there in front of her, and right after Henry's told her he loves her.



** Henry's "I was not angry since I came to France!" line is given a different context, as he shouts it immediately after discovering the boys in the luggage train murdered by the French knights. He drags the French herald off his horse when he arrives a moment later just to prove he's angry.

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** Henry's "I was not angry since I came to France!" line is given a different context, context from the play, as he shouts it immediately after discovering the boys in the luggage train murdered by the French knights. He drags the French herald off his horse when he arrives a moment later just to prove he's angry.

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* MoralDissonance: Shortly after the "Once more unto the breach" speech outside Harfleur, Henry threatens the governor with what he and his soldiers will do if the town doesn't surrender, including raping young women and murdering old men and babies. Horrific as this sounds to modern sensibiities, it was actually fair by the standards of the day. Once a "Practicable Breach" had been made in a city's walls, its fall was just a matter of time, and very little at that. Therefore, the laws of war were that once a breach was made, the city was obliged to surrender, since if the soldiers had to fight their way in, there was no way their commander could maintain discipline and prevent them becoming a mere armed mob once inside. If a city refused to surrender after a breach, the attackers had the right to put every living soul in the city to the sword, having done whatever they wanted to them first. Thus, Henry isn't making bloodthirsty threats, he's reminding them of the inevitable consequences.


* {{Flashback}}: Shakespeare was in such a hurry to ShooOutTheClowns that Falstaff does not appear in the play; Mistress Quickly has a monologue in which she relates his death offscreen. In order for the audience to know who Falstaff is and why Quickly is talking about him, there are a couple of flashbacks to ''Theatre/HenryIV'' showing Hal and Falstaff's drunken carousing, Falstaff's plea to not banish him, and, via InnerMonologue ("I know thee not, old man"), Henry's awareness that one day he will in fact banish Falstaff.

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Shakespeare was in such a hurry to ShooOutTheClowns that Falstaff does not appear in the play; Mistress Quickly has a monologue in which she relates his death offscreen. In order for the audience to know who Falstaff is and why Quickly is talking about him, there are a couple of flashbacks to ''Theatre/HenryIV'' showing Hal and Falstaff's drunken carousing, Falstaff's plea to not banish him, and, via InnerMonologue ("I know thee not, old man"), Henry's awareness that one day he will in fact banish Falstaff.
** In France, there's a flashback to Hal's youthful carousing with Falstaff and the gang. Ne'er-do-well Bardolph jests, [[AmbiguousSyntax "Do not, when thou art king, hang a thief!"]], to which Hal prophetically replies, "No... thou shalt."- immediately returning to the present and Bardolph being hanged for robbing a church.


* ArmourPiercingSlap: Exeter performs one on Lord Scroop while arresting him. Whereas the other traitors flinched when he arrested them and tore off their badges of office, Scroop remained stoic, so Exeter angrily slapped him to rob him of his dignity. (The fact that he had been Henry's "bedfellow", i.e. best friend, might have entered into it as well.)
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Confining it to the battle alone, there are several cases of license where sticking to historical accuracy would not have looked nearly as dramatic. (Which is not to say it isn't a glorious-looking battle scene.)
** The English nobles did not charge out to meet the French in a cavalry vs. cavalry fight to start the battle; they quite sensibly allowed the succeeding waves of French knights to be decimated by hails of arrows, rather than ride out into the arrow zone themselves. Then the mostly-dismounted nobles and men-at-arms fought the largely stunned and dismounted survivors.

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* ArmourPiercingSlap: Exeter performs one on Lord Scroop while arresting him. Whereas the other traitors flinched when he arrested them and tore off their badges of office, Scroop remained stoic, so Exeter angrily slapped him to rob him of his dignity. (The fact that he had been Henry's "bedfellow", i.e. best friend, and then betrayed him to the French along with promising to murder him, might have entered into it as well.)
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Confining it to the battle alone, there are several cases of license where sticking to historical accuracy would not have looked nearly as dramatic. (Which is not to say it isn't a glorious-looking battle scene.sequence.)
** The English nobles did not charge out to meet the French in a cavalry vs. cavalry fight to start the battle; they quite sensibly allowed the succeeding waves of French knights and dismounted men-at-arms to be decimated by hails of arrows, rather than ride out into the arrow zone themselves. Then the mostly-dismounted English nobles and men-at-arms fought the largely stunned and dismounted survivors.survivors who had crossed hundreds of yards of muddy field and, already exhausted by the effort, found it almost impossible to defend themselves against the English.


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** Henry and the Dauphin meet in single combat, which almost certainly didn't happen. Although Henry did fight hand to hand in the front rank for a short time, according to contemporary accounts, he was accompanied by his household guard and only fought while his younger brother was being conveyed to safety after having been wounded.


* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Confining it to the battle alone, there are several cases of license where sticking to historical accuracy would not have looked nearly as dramatic:

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Confining it to the battle alone, there are several cases of license where sticking to historical accuracy would not have looked nearly as dramatic:dramatic. (Which is not to say it isn't a glorious-looking battle scene.)

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Confining it to the battle alone, there are several cases of license where sticking to historical accuracy would not have looked nearly as dramatic:
** The English nobles did not charge out to meet the French in a cavalry vs. cavalry fight to start the battle; they quite sensibly allowed the succeeding waves of French knights to be decimated by hails of arrows, rather than ride out into the arrow zone themselves. Then the mostly-dismounted nobles and men-at-arms fought the largely stunned and dismounted survivors.
** The English fought from behind their improvised barricades; counter-charging the French (before the final stage of the battle when they had lost their morale, cohesion, and many of their troops) makes the barricades pointless.
** As the battle progresses, several main characters, including Henry and the Dauphin, are seen with only token bits of armor on. This is pure RuleOfCool; anyone taking their armor off at this time in history was just asking for a quick death.
** Along with the above, almost nobody wears full helmets; the only prominent character to wear full armor and helm conspicuously dies in them.
** The French and English both make individual mounted charges around the field. This may have happened in the closing stages of the battle, when the French were just trying to escape with their lives, but during the height of the battle the cavalry charged in formation and did not seek out individual duels.
** A minor point; the archers would not have been ordered to "fire". That belongs to the later age of gunpowder warfare. "Loose" your arrows is the appropriate command.


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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Dauphin is so angry at the news of the English invasion that he can't come up with better insults than:
--> '''Dauphin:''' ''(sputtering)'' The bastard Normans!!...the... Norman bastards!!


-->'''Henry V''': What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin. If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss. And if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour. God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more. Rather, proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, that he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart. His passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse. We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home will stand at tiptoe when this day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall see this day and live old age will yearly, on the vigil, feast his neighbors and say, "tomorrow is Saint Crispin's." Then will he strip his sleeve [[EveryScarHasAStory and show his scars]] and say, "these wounds I had on Crispin's day." Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day. Then shall our names, familiar in their mouths as household words--Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester--be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. This story shall a good man teach his son. Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we BandOfBrothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods '''cheap''', whiles any speaks that fought with us, upon Saint Crispin's day!

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-->'''Henry V''': What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin. If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss. And if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour. God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more. Rather, proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, that he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart. His passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse. We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home will stand at tiptoe when this day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall see this day and live old age will yearly, on the vigil, feast his neighbors neighbours and say, "tomorrow is Saint Crispin's." Then will he strip his sleeve [[EveryScarHasAStory and show his scars]] and say, "these wounds I had on Crispin's day." Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day. Then shall our names, familiar in their mouths as household words--Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester--be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. This story shall a good man teach his son. Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we BandOfBrothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods '''cheap''', whiles any speaks that fought with us, upon Saint Crispin's day!


* ArmourIsUseless. The French all wear full plate armor and are easily killed by the English arrows, as well as by swords and daggers. Partly TruthInTelevision, as 15th century armor was often strong enough to resist even the English longbow but would knock the wearer down. Considering that the field was a mudbath, this would prove deadly as the English men-at-arms would thrust daggers through chinks in the armor of a downed knight.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Exeter performs one on Lord Scroop while arresting him. Whereas the other traitors flinched when he arrested them and tore off their badges of office, Scroop remained stoic, so Exeter angrily slapped him to rob him of his dignity. (The fact that he had been Henry's "bedfellow", i.e. best friend, might have entered into it as well.)

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* ArmourIsUseless. The French all wear full plate armor armour and are easily killed by the English arrows, as well as by swords and daggers. Partly TruthInTelevision, as 15th century armor armour was often strong enough to resist even the English longbow but would knock the wearer down. Considering that the field was a mudbath, this would prove deadly as the English men-at-arms would thrust daggers through chinks in the armor armour of a downed knight.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: ArmourPiercingSlap: Exeter performs one on Lord Scroop while arresting him. Whereas the other traitors flinched when he arrested them and tore off their badges of office, Scroop remained stoic, so Exeter angrily slapped him to rob him of his dignity. (The fact that he had been Henry's "bedfellow", i.e. best friend, might have entered into it as well.)



* CallThatAFormation: Invoked by one of the French leaders during the battle of Agincourt, who points out that while their ranks are in disarray, they still have enough men to outnumber and defeat the English if any order were to be established. He's ignored and instead the French nobles charge back into the fray, seeking death before dishonor.

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* CallThatAFormation: Invoked by one of the French leaders during the battle of Agincourt, who points out that while their ranks are in disarray, they still have enough men to outnumber and defeat the English if any order were to be established. He's ignored and instead the French nobles charge back into the fray, seeking death before dishonor.dishonour.



* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: In Branagh's film, almost none of the named characters on either side wears a helmet, even the French nobles with their full plate armor which is ''designed'' for a matching helmet. The sole exception is the Constable of France, who very visibly slams his visor shut before the charge, making him easy to spot later when he becomes the only named character on the French side to die.

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* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: In Branagh's film, almost none of the named characters on either side wears a helmet, even the French nobles with their full plate armor armour which is ''designed'' for a matching helmet. The sole exception is the Constable of France, who very visibly slams his visor shut before the charge, making him easy to spot later when he becomes the only named character on the French side to die.



* IndecisiveMedium: The prologue, which is about making theater magic by suspending your disbelief over the people prancing about on stage pretending to be the real Henry V, etc., is said in an empty soundstage. Then at the very end: "Who, Prologue-like, your humble patience pray / Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play!" and he throws open some doors showing a production utilizing the hyperrealism of film.

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* IndecisiveMedium: The prologue, which is about making theater theatre magic by suspending your disbelief over the people prancing about on stage pretending to be the real Henry V, etc., is said in an empty soundstage. Then at the very end: "Who, Prologue-like, your humble patience pray / Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play!" and he throws open some doors showing a production utilizing the hyperrealism of film.



* LockAndLoadMontage: A montage right before the French charge at Agincourt has the English pikemen setting their pikes, the archers nocking their arrows, and the knights tightening up their armor.

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* LockAndLoadMontage: A montage right before the French charge at Agincourt has the English pikemen setting their pikes, the archers nocking their arrows, and the knights tightening up their armor.armour.



-->'''Henry V''': What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin. If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss. And if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor. God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more. Rather, proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, that he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart. His passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse. We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home will stand at tiptoe when this day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall see this day and live old age will yearly, on the vigil, feast his neighbors and say, "tomorrow is Saint Crispin's." Then will he strip his sleeve [[EveryScarHasAStory and show his scars]] and say, "these wounds I had on Crispin's day." Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day. Then shall our names, familiar in their mouths as household words--Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester--be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. This story shall a good man teach his son. Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we BandOfBrothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods '''cheap''', whiles any speaks that fought with us, upon Saint Crispin's day!

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-->'''Henry V''': What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin. If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss. And if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.honour. God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more. Rather, proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, that he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart. His passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse. We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home will stand at tiptoe when this day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall see this day and live old age will yearly, on the vigil, feast his neighbors and say, "tomorrow is Saint Crispin's." Then will he strip his sleeve [[EveryScarHasAStory and show his scars]] and say, "these wounds I had on Crispin's day." Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day. Then shall our names, familiar in their mouths as household words--Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester--be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. This story shall a good man teach his son. Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we BandOfBrothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods '''cheap''', whiles any speaks that fought with us, upon Saint Crispin's day!

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* PostVictoryCollapse: Used in this case to undercut Henry's bloodthirsty speech to the governor of Harfleur, threatening some pretty awful things ("...look to see/The blind and bloody soldier with foul hand/Defile the locks of your shrill-shrieking daughters;/Your fathers taken by the silver beards,/And their most reverend heads dash'd to the walls,/Your naked infants spitted upon pikes...") if the governor doesn't surrender. After the governor does surrender, Henry dismounts and his walking back to his men when he reels and nearly falls over. Exeter catches him.


It is an adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV''. Henry V, king of England (played by Branagh), feels like he should be king of France too. Charles V of France (Creator/PaulScofield) disagrees, and his rude FrenchJerk of a son, the Dauphin, antagonizes Henry by sending him a gift of tennis balls.

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It is an adaptation of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryV''. Henry V, king of England (played by Branagh), feels like he should be king of France too. Charles V VI of France (Creator/PaulScofield) disagrees, and his rude FrenchJerk of a son, the Dauphin, antagonizes Henry by sending him a gift of tennis balls.



Film debut and StarMakingRole for Branagh; also the film debut and star-making role for Creator/EmmaThompson, who appears as Katherine of Valois, daughter of Charles V. Also in the AllStarCast are Creator/DerekJacobi (the Chorus, aka the narrator), Creator/IanHolm as Welsh officer Fluellen, Creator/JudiDench as Mistress Quickly, Creator/RichardBriers as Bardolph, Creator/BrianBlessed as Henry's uncle the Duke of Exeter, Creator/RobbieColtrane as Sir John Falstaff, and 14-year-old Creator/ChristianBale in his third film as Falstaff's page.

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Film debut and StarMakingRole for Branagh; also the film debut and star-making role for Creator/EmmaThompson, who appears as Katherine of Valois, daughter of Charles V.VI. Also in the AllStarCast are Creator/DerekJacobi (the Chorus, aka the narrator), Creator/IanHolm as Welsh officer Fluellen, Creator/JudiDench as Mistress Quickly, Creator/RichardBriers as Bardolph, Creator/BrianBlessed as Henry's uncle the Duke of Exeter, Creator/RobbieColtrane as Sir John Falstaff, and 14-year-old Creator/ChristianBale in his third film as Falstaff's page.

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* RousingSpeech: "Once more unto the breach" would be a really famous RousingSpeech, if it weren't overshadowed by the ''other'' RousingSpeech in the play, the St. Crispin's Day speech right before battle at Agincourt. After the Earl of Westmoreland wishes that they had more men, Henry disagrees. He says that anyone who doesn't want to fight can go home, that having a smaller army means each of them will have greater glory, that every man who fights with him will be his brother, that in years to come everyone who fought on that day will show their scars and brag, while those men home in England will be jealous of them. In the film, Branagh goes for the gusto, giving an extremely passionate delivery of the famous speech, which named a trope. From the film (a shortened version of Act IV, scene iii, lines 18-67):
-->'''Henry V''': What's he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin. If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss. And if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor. God's will, I pray thee, wish not one man more. Rather, proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host, that he which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart. His passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into his purse. We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us. This day is called the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home will stand at tiptoe when this day is named, and rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall see this day and live old age will yearly, on the vigil, feast his neighbors and say, "tomorrow is Saint Crispin's." Then will he strip his sleeve [[EveryScarHasAStory and show his scars]] and say, "these wounds I had on Crispin's day." Old men forget, yet all shall be forgot but he'll remember, with advantages, what feats he did that day. Then shall our names, familiar in their mouths as household words--Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester--be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. This story shall a good man teach his son. Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we BandOfBrothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods '''cheap''', whiles any speaks that fought with us, upon Saint Crispin's day!


* ThatMakesMeAngry: "I was not angry since I came to France until this instant!" Note that in the play Henry says this when he sees some of the English hanging back from the battle, while in this movie that line comes after he finds out about the French slaughtering the boys in the baggage train.

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* ThatMakesMeAngry: ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: "I was not angry since I came to France until this instant!" Note that in the play Henry says this when he sees some of the English hanging back from the battle, while in this movie that line comes after he finds out about the French slaughtering the boys in the baggage train.

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