PG-13 | | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
As Sir John Falstaff (Robbie Coltrane) 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." In the play Hal responds aloud, but in the film he responds only internally, through voice-overs.
O! For a Muse of fire, that would ascend; The brightest heaven of invention; A kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; And at his heels, ...
It's in William Shakespeare's text, but during the English lesson between Katherine and Alice, Katherine switches from the familiar "tu" (which is to be expected when a princess addresses a servant) to the formal "vous" (which would be appropriate for a younger person addressing an older one, were the younger one not of royal blood) in her first line of dialogue in this scene, and continues using it throughout thereafter.
$64,933 12 November 1989