ⓘ Henry V (2012 film)


ⓘ Henry V (2012 film)

Henry V is a 2012 British television film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. It is the fourth film in the tetralogy of television films called The Hollow Crown produced by Sam Mendes for BBC Two covering the whole of Shakespeares Henriad. It was directed by Thea Sharrock and stars Tom Hiddleston as Henry V of England.

Henry V is the fourth play in Shakespeares tetralogy dealing with the successive reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V.


1. Plot changes

The film starts with the funeral of Henry V which is the start of Henry VI, part 1 over whose obsequies the opening speech from the Chorus is made. After that, the movie begins to speak about Henry V.

Certain scenes from Shakespeares play are omitted:

  • The scenes among the ordinary men at the Siege of Harfleur, featuring Fluellen, MacMorris and Jamy.
  • The conversations in the French camp on the evening before the battle.
  • The Southampton Plot and Henry’s merciless response.
  • The slaughter of the young boys guarding the English baggage train at Agincourt.