Henry IV - Part I 2013 NR CC

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From executive producer Sam Mendes: King Henry IV tries to convince his son Prince Hal to join him in battling uprisings across the country.

Starring:
Alun Armstrong, Joe Armstrong
Runtime:
2 hours 0 minutes

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Henry IV - Part I

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Eyre
Starring Alun Armstrong, Joe Armstrong
Supporting actors John Ashton, Will Attenborough, Conrad Asquith, Simon Russell Beale, David Beames, Jim Bywater, Alexandra Clatworthy, Ian Conningham, Jolyon Coy, David Dawson, Drew Dillon, Michelle Dockery, Henry Faber, Tom Georgeson, David Hayman, John Heffernan, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Great acting and production.
Alberto Garibi Cabral
Though the plot line was slightly altered, the integrity and genius of the play stays with the movie making it extremely enjoyable.
Paul M. Gerber
Tom Hiddleston was excellent as Prince Hal and Jeremy Iron was impressive as King Henry.
Shanda D. Krause

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tom on September 23, 2013
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Try to ignore the 1-star review. Maybe it was hard to understand because the actors were speaking Shakespearean English? Hello?

My advice to anyone new to Shakespeare and watching this play for the first time is to read a synopsis of the play (better still, read the play itself!) before watching this production; everything will make much more sense if you do. (Another helpful option is to turn on the subtitles. Anyone who enjoys the language as much as I do will appreciate the film all the more seeing the text in front of you.)

I thought Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston were terrific as Henry IV and Prince Hal, respectively, but these two were ably supported by the rest of the cast. I particularly enjoyed seeing actors Alun Armstrong and Joe Armstrong (father and son in real life) portraying the father and son, Northumberland and Hotspur. Joe Armstrong's mercurial and hot-headed depiction of Hotspur was absolutely spot on, in my opinion. I also felt Simon Russell Beale does quite well in the pivotal role of Falstaff. I think the biggest surprise here, for me, was Tom Hiddleston as Hal, perhaps because I am not that familiar with his work apart from Loki in the Thor/Avenger films, which I was indifferent toward. Hiddleston does a very fine job here.

I have not yet watched Henry IV, pt. 2, and Henry V, but based on my complete and utter enjoyment of both Richard II and Henry IV, pt. 1, of The Hollow Crown, I plan now to purchase the entire series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By medievalnerd on December 12, 2013
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This is possibly Shakespeare's greatest history play, though often eclipsed in popular acclaim by the crowd-pleasing Henry V. Maybe some viewers will rethink their preferences now, since the Hollow Crown adaptation of Henry IV pt. 1 is easily the best episode in this very good series. But historians beware: Shakespeare takes great liberties with the historical record in order to create this brilliant plot and compelling characters.

Despite the title, this is really an ensemble piece that balances four characters who have almost equal time on screen: Henry IV, his son and heir Prince Hal, the Prince's foil the rebellious Hotspur (Henry Percy), and Sir John Falstaff, who competes with the king as a pseudo father figure for the young man. So this is not a play *about* Henry IV. It's about Henry V before the fact, caught between the competing influence of two older men, and opposed to another young warrior of the same name.

The directing (by Richard Eyre) and cast are perfect. Jeremy Irons is the still pugnacious but ill and beleaguered king. Simon Russell Beale is Falstaff, a charming but unscrupulous individual whom Beale invests with just enough dignity and humanity to prevent him from becoming a caricature. (This is not the cuddly, jolly Falstaff some may expect, but a fully realized human being.) Joe Armstrong is Hotspur, an inspiring but reckless young field commander, bursting with misdirected energy (he aspires "to pluck bright honor from the palefaced moon"). Tom Hiddleston is a Prince Hal who would rather play a commoner (and watch himself do it) than assume the role of apprentice-king that his father would impose on him. He's handsome, charismatic, clever, calculating, entitled (in all senses), occasionally insensitive, occasionally insolent...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary on September 29, 2013
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Very enjoyable and engrossing piece of work. Great acting, great setting, extremely well put together. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in Shakespeare, but also for those who are not familiar with The Bard. The Hollow Crown feels more like watching movies rather than plays. For those who might be put off by a traditional theatrical production, this portrayal may allow them to be more engaged in the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Flournoy on December 21, 2013
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So beautiful and nearly effortless. It's as if each and every actor WAS the character. Never did I feel like I was listen to a shakespeare play, I felt like I could understand everything because it felt so natural.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Hansen Zuschlag on November 20, 2013
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Truly excellent acting with fabulous Shakespeare dialogue! Tom Hiddleston is stand-out brilliant! Not for the faint-hearted and those who do not like authentic Shakesworks. I will definitely see the others in the "Hollow Crown" series...it is that good!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rowan Sherwood on October 2, 2013
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Brilliant perfromances, incredible "sets" as it is shot on location. I was never a fan of the history plays, but this is really brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Frazier on October 10, 2013
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Henry IV Part I continues the Henriadic saga at the point at which Henry IV wanes and Henry V waxes. The folks producing the Hollow Crown also continues its stellar casting, acting and excellent focus of each story. They consistently choose to starkly portray their Henrys, eschewing a generic storyline for their vision. We pick up the story with Hal (Prince Henry, admirably portrayed by Tom Hiddleston) playing the dissolute youth; at various times cavorting with and tricking of fat, funny but ultimately false friend Falstaff.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MJ Morizio on September 21, 2013
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A very well done production! Excellent acting and cinematography... Highly recommended. I am looking forward to watching the entire series.
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