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Drama, War Films
Actor Kenneth Branagh made his debut as a director in this screen adaptation of Shakespeare's patriotic play. As well as his duties behind the camera, he stars here as King Henry, formerly seen as the callow Prince Hal who becomes a man as he leads his troops over to France to capture its throne against seemingly insurmountable odds. Remaining relatively true to the Bard, Branagh still manages to set his adaptation apart from Laurence Olivier's earlier morale-boosting version by highlighting the more dubious aspects of Henry‘s campaign, while his cast list is an impressive roster of British acting talent.
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11+ years 127 mins
Monumental full-length and unabridged version of the play in which Kenneth Branagh directs himself in the title role.
16+ years 232 mins
Daring, powerful adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, which restyles the vicious king into a 1930s fascist dictator.
14+ years 99 mins
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Reporters Maja and Daniella met actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh as he returned to his native Belfast to be honoured as a Freeman of the city.
Reading time 4 mins
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