About

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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Directed by

Orson Welles

Written by

Orson Welles (Screenplay)
William Shakespeare (Writer)
Raphael Holinshed (Novel)

Runtime

115 minutes

Country

Spain, Switzerland

Language

English

Cast

Keywords

england 15th century double life generations conflict vice king henry iv virtue shakespearean play henry v

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