The King (2019) Movie Script

Where go you, my friend?
You're crawling in the wrong direction.
That wind you feel is coming from England.
Scotland's that way.
My lords.
I'm most sorry for making you wait.
I know you've traveled far
and from great travail.
I pray you will know
that this time of civil unrest...
consumes me...
day and night.
I understand...
battle with the rebel Scots
was hard fought.
It was, my liege.
We lost some 300 men.
- Amen.
- Amen.
Good Hotspur...
you led the charge.
Were any prisoners of note taken?
- Are they in train?
- No.
And why is that? Why have they not been
brought to me directly?
Why will you not pay
cousin Mortimer's ransom?
You'll need to speak up, my boy.
I'm an old man.
My ears...
are filled with hair.
Cousin Mortimer is held
by the rebels of Wales.
Why do you refuse to pay his ransom?
I refuse to pay Mortimer's ransom
because I refuse
to believe him a prisoner.
I rather believe Mortimer a traitor.
He has joined the Welsh rebels.
He has betrayed England
and is now an enemy of mine,
and, therefore, of yours.
You agree with my prcis, young Hotspur?
- No.
- My son...
I believe yours to be the ramblings
of a crazy old demon.
Harry, please, stop this.
Oh, no, let him speak.
- I wish to hear him.
- My liege...
Yours are the ramblings of an old man
so saturated with malice and mistrust
that he no longer knows up from down,
can no longer see beyond the walls
of his own monstrous schloss.
My family have served you.
We aided you in your ascension,
and still we fight for you.
Cousin Mortimer has fought for you.
And yet, now, whilst you slobber
over that chicken's wing,
he shivers in a western prison
awaiting mutilation
at the hands of Welsh witches.
My liege...
you must excuse my son.
He needs rest.
We come only...
to advocate for your help
in securing Mortimer's release.
All that we've done for you
we have done for the good of England.
But our lands are now
more riven with war than ever before.
The Scots aren't finished.
The Welsh have only just begun.
And for what?
Why do you think this might be, old man?
Who do you imagine
might be to blame for this?
Chickens can't fly.
But I've seen one...
eke enough wing flap to clear a fence.
Then it's free.
But then so too are the foxes.
You are right, young Percy.
I owe you much.
I owe your family still more.
But if the Scottish traitors
you've taken prisoner
are not brought to me
as speedily as they might travel,
I will hang you by your fucking neck.
Has this been heard, young Percy?
Your Majesty, please forgive us.
What a venomous boy.
He'll betray me now. I'm sure of it.
If only he were my son.
What is it?
Falstaff has injured hisself.
Yeah. See?
- How did you get inside?
- The door was ajar.
It was not.
Yes, it was. It was ajar.
It was not ajar.
Well, how else might we gain entry?
Are you accusing me
of having cut myself a secret key?
Falstaff has injured hisself, Hal.
Will you perform the small repairs?
Oh, no.
Your Highness.
There's a fresh coin
in this for you, you know.
I don't want your coin.
I will require your undiminished loyalty
from here till Megiddo.
You have that already.
You're a soft negotiator.
Hey! You're wasting good wine.
- I'm keeping it clean.
- Give it.
Oh. That looks very hot.
Do it.
Prince Henry.
Who are you?
We come from the royal court.
We wish to speak with you privately.
For what?
Please, sire. Privately.
Oh, privately, in the middle of Eastcheap?
Should I make a quick up and down
and request a mass covering of ears?
Please, sire.
What is this?
Your father, His Majesty King...
Your father,
His Majesty King Henry, is ill.
He requests your presence.
Hmm. I suggest you return
to the palace directly
and tell him his request
was wholly ignored.
I've been instructed
to deliver the request with great urgency.
You might tell him the urgency
was also wholly ignored.
My lady.
My lady, it's time to leave.
The day has begun. See?
Out there.
It is well underway.
You might miss it.
Get up now. It's important that you leave.
Up. That's the spirit.
Now, lift your arms.
Very good.
You must get that door fixed.
What is it?
Visit with your father.
Go away.
If your father is indeed
gravely ill enough
to request your presence,
then you must visit with him.
It should be better to regret
having done so than it would to have not.
If your father is ill,
no matter your feelings for him,
you must visit with him.
I say this not out of concern
for our king's well-being,
but more for fear of the drunken soak
to which you'll be likely to succumb
should you fail to heed his call
and he were to die
without you having squared your ledger.
I fear that would be soak enough
to put even me to shame.
Do it.
If nothing else I ever suggest.
While I see the strain
your treasury is under,
I cannot help but wonder
if the canker of Lollardy
be at the root of this suggestion
that the church be burdened with a tax
to relieve problems
that are not of the church's making.
Your Majesty.
Henry, Prince of Wales.
My son.
Come in.
I feel my life nearing its natural end,
and yet, still...
even I must appear
of ruder health than you.
The time has come for us to consider...
the issue of...
my succession.
You will not be king.
While you are my eldest son,
for reasons that are on display
for all here to see,
you will not inherit this crown.
Nor have I sought it.
That privilege and responsibility
will instead fall to your brother Thomas.
He is soft, but he is eager.
He will lead my army
against the newly treasonous Harry Percy.
I will assume that this news comes
as neither surprise nor disappointment.
But it is my duty as king,
and father...
to say it to you directly.
When do you fight?
I set off tomorrow.
We fight by week's end.
You need not fight.
These feuds need not be yours.
I have said...
what you were summonsed to hear.
Leave us now.
- Your Highness.
- Stop.
- Your Highness.
- Stop.
Move it!
Lord Dorset.
Are your men ready for the day?
They are, sire.
Very good.
Tell me of your preparations.
My lord.
Why are you here?
I will not allow this havoc to transpire.
I've come to see it stopped.
This is my battle.
If I have my way, there will be no battle.
You. Come here.
- My lord.
- You have no place here.
Go to the rebel camp,
deliver the following message
to Percy Hotspur.
Tell him that Prince Henry challenges him
to settle today's score man on man.
He and I.
We will fight in our armies' places.
Yes, my lord.
Who do you think you are?
I am nobody to you.
I will fight him.
And I will defeat him.
That you surely would, my son.
But it cannot be.
The prince speaks not for his father.
You are eager to fight, my son.
And you will.
And we shall fight alongside you.
We will burn them.
We will burn Henry's reign to the ground.
- You have no place here.
- You do not know war, Thomas.
- I do know war.
- You do not.
You've been recruited
to our father's madness,
to wars that need not be fought.
These men are not our enemies.
- Our father has made them thus.
- Why then are you here?
You so disapprove of our cause,
and yet, still, you find it necessary
to upstage me.
I do this not to steal your thunder,
I do it to save your life.
Pardon me, my lords.
Our herald is returned
from the rebel camp.
They have refused Prince Henry's offer.
They want battle.
Whoa, whoa.
Ha! Go!
Where is Henry?
I come to fight him in our armies' stead.
His offer was refused.
The offer has been reconsidered.
I said...
Why is the little dog barking?
Where be the big dog?
It will be done.
And here I am with the whoring fool.
This fight need not be had, Percy.
My father will soon be dead.
Your grievances will die with him.
Don't be afraid of our small contest,
young Hal.
I promise to finish it quickly.
Come on.
Your father...
is plague to England.
Come for me, big dog!
Oh! Oh!
Someday this will be your head,
dropped at the feet of a man
who might otherwise
have been your brother.
Come with me now, Thomas, please.
Walk away from this field.
After you have stolen its prized scalp?
This is what will be spoken of tomorrow.
This field was mine.
It was to mark my dominion.
Instead now...
it marks only this head.
This fucking head!
Go away.
You might want to see
to your otherwise well-appointed friend.
He seems to have taken a pitiful turn.
Hal's up-chucked again.
Hello, friend.
Many times have I seen men in your state.
I've been in it many times over myself.
For all our rejoice of...
courage and valor,
nothing stains the soul more indelibly
than killing.
Never have I felt so vile...
than standing victorious on a battlefield.
The thrill of victory fades quickly.
What lingers long after...
is always ugly.
Never again, I say.
Stop talking, old man, please.
Please stop talking.
I will never stop talking, Hal.
Never ever.
My lord.
What business?
It is a matter of great urgency.
Mm. You should hurry along then.
Please, my lord.
It is your father.
He's dying.
Hmm, that hook has lost its worm.
Wait outside.
No doubt...
your father has brought...
much trouble to this kingdom,
and I fear the chaos
that might erupt in his absence.
England needs a king,
and I suspect those sentiments of yours
that had you resile from him
are precisely those
the governance of this land needs.
You must be king.
Why do you say this to me?
Speak to Thomas.
Is he not to be your new king?
I'm afraid that is not possible.
Your brother was killed in Wales.
After your defeat of Percy Hotspur,
young Thomas pressed on
to the western fields.
This is where he met his end.
It is said he gave
valiant account of himself.
Where is he?!
Where is the monster?!
Where is the monster?
Move. Leave him.
The King needs rest.
- Soon he will have it.
- He's dying.
You feel this cold?
You must be king, Hal.
You must be king, Hal.
I know not what I have done.
You know not what will become of you.
So, I offer you this...
The most blessed reprieve,
the most dreadful misery.
You shall suffer the indignity
of serving me,
the wayward son you so revile.
But know now you will be watched over
by an altogether different king.
What is this?
Who are you?
I am I.
Who are you?
What is your purpose here?
I think you just woke me up from it,
didn't you?
Rise from that bed at once.
Who are you?
Where is Hal?
These lodgings and their contents
are the property of the King of England.
You are trespassing
and I order you to vacate at once.
What King of England?
All hail King Henry.
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Wenceslaus of Bohemia
presents this gift
to King Henry of England.
To long and good health.
I'm sure you all know...
my young sister Philippa
has joined us here today.
Queen of Denmark.
I'm thankful she and her husband,
the good King Eric,
have traveled all this way.
I wish for you take this vase, my dear.
Let its beauty stand for your beauty,
which stands in turn for England's beauty.
I thank you, my lord.
His Serenity,
the doge of the Republic of Venice,
present this gift in your honor, my liege.
- It says it is a bird from Constantinople.
- A bird?
A dead one, I should suppose.
If I may, my liege.
Unnatural mechanics
from the edge of Christendom.
A wonder.
This belongs to my cousin, Cambridge.
Of all at this table,
none have I known longer than I have you.
Indeed I have known you longer
than I have my own young sister.
We were raised together.
You're like an older brother to me.
So, I think it only fitting
that you should have this magical bird.
Let's hope its magic
isn't black and unholy.
From the Dauphin,
son of His Majesty, Charles,
King of France.
A ball.
There is no accompanying message
from the Dauphin?
No, my liege.
I shall keep this gift.
This one is sent only for me.
For the boy I once was.
The ball is an insult to you
and to your kingdom.
You must respond.
Remember where, as prince, I whiled
and how I spent my days?
You spent them
in considered privation.
Drinking, clowning.
So, is there not some truth in this jest?
If the Dauphin wants from me a paroxysm,
why give it him?
It would not be a show of foul temper
for you to respond forcefully
to an insult such as that.
It would be a show of strength.
I appreciate your umbrage, William,
but my strength does not lie
in me flapping up and down
at the slightest barb like...
- some unholy mechanical bird.
- Mm.
Make sense of this.
This is what is pressing.
Civil strife has consumed us.
The war drains the purse like little else.
This strife must end.
And it will end...
by conciliation.
We shall pardon our adversaries.
And we shall pay Mortimer's ransom
and have him returned from Wales.
I will write these pardons
in mine own hand.
I want it known these sentiments
are so personal to me.
We shall let these men know
they were my father's enemies, not mine.
Certainly, my liege.
How does this strategy greet you?
Great reforms are best enacted
with regime change.
If this is how you wish to proceed,
then, yes, my liege,
now is the time to do it.
Did you reconcile with our father
before his death?
There was no reconciliation to be had.
He did untold harm to this kingdom.
His death will bring calm with it.
I ask not after the kingdom.
What of you?
I want an end to this unrest.
Look around that table last night.
Look at the faces
of the men seated at it.
I can feel this calm of which you speak.
I do believe they wish you well.
But I also see that they have
their own kingdoms behind their eyes.
Do you understand what I say?
I've been away too many years
and I'm now to return to Denmark.
But I have, in my time in that court,
been privy to its commissions.
I have seen there, again and again,
that no one ever speaks true,
wholly true.
Choose your steps wisely,
dear brother.
I speak
to Charles of France's claim
to be the legitimate sovereign ruler
of said lands.
It is said that the Salic law
would have no succession
if the French crown fall to a woman.
Meaning, no rule
left in the lineage of the female
shall, by rights, pass to her issue.
Now, the law Salic,
which is of Frankish land
and tethered to said lands is not...
not therefore legally bound
or adherent at all, in fact,
to the lands of France,
but to those of Francia,
which, as you know,
lies between the rivers of Elbe and Saale.
I claim here, with proof,
that hence it follows that the law Salic,
which has seen French sovereignty stolen
as such from a true lineage...
Thrice, as I can illuminate,
the French have cited the law Salic
- as reason to bar a female succession...
- With reverence.
Yes, my liege?
I'm finding this story
impossible to follow.
My liege, I question
the so-called French king's claim
to the throne upon which he sits.
Is that so?
What confuses me now
is why you are telling me this story.
My liege, I simply aim to bolster
your claim to France
should the need to meet her with force
soon arise.
And you believe that need
will indeed soon arise?
My liege...
by way of preparedness,
- I believe it always wise...
- Preparedness?
If we are to war with France,
it will not come as a consequence
of an old and impenetrable madrigal.
France was your father's
long-held ambition.
Had he not been bogged in civil feud,
he would most surely
have taken the fight to her.
And then...
on to Jerusalem.
We're all the way to the Holy Land,
are we?
And presumably to sack
the rest of Christendom along the way.
I am not my father, archbishop.
I would have thought this
to be clear by now.
We must forgive our archbishop.
He is a far...
far from gifted orator.
Which is strange,
given I would have thought gifted oratory
to be a requirement of the position.
Why is the archbishop speaking to me
of war with France?
What we are witnessing is a stirring,
of which we must be wary.
I applaud...
your restraint.
After so many years of strife,
you are proving to be more
than your father's son.
You wish to be a king for the people.
Now, we must ensure to that end, however,
you do not remain oblivious to the mood
of the people.
And what mood is this?
That France is taunting us.
Do you share this mood?
this mood is a fantasy.
But that does not mean
it is not felt true.
- Where are you going?
- Disgusting.
- No, we can't be going to Hooper's.
- Yes, we can.
- No, she won't have you.
- Yes, she will.
- Nope!
- Yes.
- No.
- Yes!
You're not welcome here.
Unless you've come to pay me
what you owe me.
I have paid you.
You've paid me a snatch of what you owe.
And I presume, too,
from the proceeds of thieving.
By all account, you be not specially good
at thieving neither.
How dare you address me so?
Why would you be so churlish
with the very man most likely to lift you
from your stinking rat hole?
Oh, maybe you've forgot.
My associations now stretch
to the highest reaches of the realm.
Your insolence might as well be directed
to the king himself.
Ponder that now.
Are you speaking of Hal?
Where is he?
Where is Hal?
Where's our king?
He be gone weeks and weeks now.
Where is he?
I would say...
you be the one that's been forgot.
- Oh.
- I would say that your dalliance
with the upper reaches of the realm
was short-lived
in and around his stinking sick bucket.
Seems you were little more
than passing keeper of a prince's puke.
Shut up.
Ponder that now.
Nell, Sir John is down on his luck.
I am not.
You find someone to pay your way here.
I'll not be paying it for you.
Who are you?
He seeks asylum in return for his tale.
I do not doubt this can be arranged.
Can it or not?
You are the King, no?
It can be arranged.
I have been sent by the King of France
to assassinate you.
Charles himself sent you?
You know this to be certain?
The order's origin I know, yes.
From the King.
What was the order?
That I should kill the King of England.
However. Any way.
There are many ways to kill a man.
It is my talent...
killing men
who do not expect to be killed.
At such a time as I endeavor
to foster a fresh and peaceful air
for this kingdom to breathe,
it is not in my interest to stir hostility
with another.
This is an act of war.
We share your longing for peace,
my liege,
but to ignore
such an audacious act of aggression
will be seen as weakness.
This is no game ball. This is an assassin.
Would you consider me weak, Chief Justice?
No, I speak more of the kingdom.
What the kingdom sees.
What the kingdom sees. Mm.
How, pray, might the kingdom
see the weasel beneath our feet?
If France's animus towards you
runs deep enough for them
to send an assassin,
it will be felt in the street,
ours and theirs.
It will be known.
We share your concerns.
But peace today needs more than harmony.
It needs strength...
and confidence.
These are qualities
that can originate only in you,
the king.
Our king.
Take down these words...
addressed to King Charles of France.
This assassin you send
can be taken as nothing other
than an infant act of war.
If this be your intention,
I say you let it be known plainly
and that you desist
from this timorous slither
in which you presently engage.
If it be war you seek,
send the full weight of your army.
For a lone, cowardly assassin
will not topple
this King Henry the Fifth of England
you so underestimate.
Fill this with gunstones
and send it back to France.
Go get the master.
- Who is it?
- A Frenchman, sire.
He says he wishes
to speak with you privately.
About what?
He wouldn't say, sire.
I asked of him, he wouldn't say.
My king has sent me to seek out men
he feels he can trust.
He believes there is
discreet discussion to be had.
What discussion?
He believes there is discussion to be had
about your new king of England.
Only myself and Lord Grey
were met.
We knew not where to turn
about what was spoken to us.
We're all of us aware
there's a standing problem.
Our king is of low repute.
The French king...
teaches you this?
Is he not thankful
for our young Henry's light reaction
to his provocation?
The assassin he swears he knows not of.
'Tis a charge he denies.
His plot came to naught.
Of course he would wish
to wipe his hands of it.
Whatever the root,
they have expressed grave concern
regarding our king's mental fortitude.
This envoy is to be trusted, is he not,
I believe so.
Charles wishes to dethrone our king.
The issue is not France.
This is but a reminder to us
of a more general lunacy.
A boy who but weeks ago
was a drunken boor
from the sewers of Eastcheap
now wears England's crown.
- Hmm.
- What shall become of us?
What shall become of us
when civil misdeeds are forgiven
as if they were but indiscretions?
- When traitors...
- Yes, yes, Lord Grey, your...
Your concerns are current.
And they are numerous.
Something must be done.
Something will be done.
Give me quiet.
Thus is a king's burden.
A king must make decisions
lesser men are...
neither willing nor able to make.
A king is indeed presented with quandaries
lesser men might never encounter
in the course of their whole lives.
I wish it were not so.
But problems...
And this is my experience.
Problems that are left unattended...
have a habit of becoming crises.
You have a chance here
to unite the land, Hal.
You have refreshed its mood with promise.
But promise must be fulfilled.
Promise can never be an end in itself.
As of this day, we're at war with France.
Twice I have given her
the benefit of my doubt.
This third affront
will not be left unchecked.
And so, in order to flush
these French rats from their nests,
I will have it communicated to them
that we are now at war.
My Lord Grey.
I would ask you to deliver this message
to France, given your...
familiarity with its recipient.
But I believe in the morning
you be otherwise engaged.
Pray how, my liege?
Tomorrow you will have your heads cut off.
I have chosen to send you
as an advance party to Hell
for the considerable French number
that will soon be needing
to find space there.
You were once my friend.
I am your friend...
All leave.
This is my place.
The hostess can stay.
I will not jump to your attention.
And surely not to retread
vile ground
I vowed never to walk again.
I acknowledge my neglect of you, John.
A new chapter of my life has begun
before the last could be properly closed.
These concerns are mine and mine alone.
But the fact that this here
be the first occasion
I've had to sound them aloud
to anyone other than myself
speaks volumes.
It speaks to the loneliness
of the position in which I find myself.
To steer our present course,
I've been forced
to rely upon the counsel of men
whose loyalty I question
every waking moment.
Every waking moment.
I need men around me I can trust.
I'm here because you are my friend.
A king has no friends.
A king has only...
and foe.
I'm sorry my occasion to visit...
carries with it this doleful weight.
I will come with you.
I ask only one favor in return.
Square my account
with that terrible hag...
over there. Would you?
We welcome
those newly arrived here.
Turn us now in common poise,
with one mind, sharpened.
we will bring France down.
we will bring her to her knees.
Captains all, to this end,
I wish to introduce to you
a new marshal of our campaign.
Sir John Falstaff.
Sir John's experience in battle
should need no recitation.
You know of him.
Some of you have had the honor
of fighting alongside him.
Others have heard tale of his exploits.
But I have tasked Sir John
to join this campaign
for one most vital reason alone:
he respects war
as only a man who has seen
its most monstrous form can.
He lusts after it not,
but rather regards it
with the grim sobriety
that you and your men
should hope he would.
and thank you...
good sirs.
You're all well met.
Very good.
Are you ready for what awaits us?
One is never ready for what awaits us.
You believe Sir John there
to be fit and suitable enough
to captain this effort?
John is a good man.
They meet us at sea
or upon landing.
We shall know soon enough.
You must rest.
Thank you.
What for?
For being here.
With me.
Well, it's a small price to pay
to keep that detestable Hooper woman
off me back.
Get some rest too, my liege.
We land quickly!
Check every building.
No man!
- No man here!
- Clear!
- No man here.
- No man.
Go on. Faster.
We must storm that castle.
It will be bloody.
We will most surely sacrifice souls.
Thus is the nature of war.
It is bloody and soulless.
We have no way of knowing
how well supplied they are
behind those walls.
This siege may take months,
and months, I fear,
we have not at our disposal.
Men in these numbers, fixed here,
will fall to hunger and disease.
Sir John.
War is...
bloody and soulless.
The archbishop has arrived.
Surely you cannot
simply idle here
until they decide to come out?
That is precisely the definition
of a siege.
How long might that take?
Surely there's no way of knowing.
Uh, that too,
is a common characteristic of a siege.
- I will not send my men up that hill.
- But why in heavens not?
I will not sacrifice my men so flagrantly,
nor so speculatively.
Well, then why do you not
simply go around?
If they insist on hiding in their castle,
why do you not simply go around it?
So well versed in the art of warfare.
We must take this town,
We must establish
a garrison foothold here...
for our lines of supply from England.
Do not forget
that I have underwritten this campaign.
I have interest here.
And I will be heard.
Not today, Archbishop.
My liege.
They have surrendered.
- Our debate now, it seems, is for nothing.
- Hmm.
As are the archbishop's bleatings.
The day is yours.
We ask only
that our women and children be freed.
Many are hungry and wounded
and becoming sick.
Upon full account of the castle,
I see no reason to deny your request.
You will have tonight
to oversee this evacuation
and to corral your men prisoners.
He wishes to slow us.
Who wishes to slow us?
We have received word
that the Dauphin is en route.
He wishes conference with His Majesty.
And we know nothing of his purpose?
We know only that he desires conference.
I would hope his purpose be
to deliver his father's early surrender.
I strongly advise
we disregard this word of his approach
and ready our movement.
We must make advantage of their disarray.
Sir John, your counsel.
I've never met the man...
this French prince.
I can't speak to his motivation.
My liege.
He's here.
Your Majesty.
your little...
Do you wonder why
I have come?
Do you wonder this?
I have not come to offer you surrender
if that is what you are hoping.
I have come to describe for you
your end days,
the screams of your men
as they die slow.
And so, King of, uh, England,
you seem so intent
on making France your new home,
so let me help you.
I will drain your body of its blood
and bury it under a tree.
A little French tree.
Very young,
very small.
Since perchance that is fitting
of your mind for you to come here.
And maybe your...
I mean, no, your balls must be big, no?
Giant balls.
Giant balls...
with a tiny cock.
And the sound
of your wives and children weeping
shall lull me to sleep at night.
Have you heard what I said?
I have.
It was stirring.
Sir John, please walk with me.
Good night.
Ready the men to move.
Waste no time.
Hush, hush, hush.
Hello, little boy.
Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid.
I want you to deliver a gift to your king.
Will you do this for me?
Good boy.
Double the guards to 20 yards
through the night.
Three hours at a watch.
I want these men fresh and alert.
Any man caught sleeping
will have his eyes gouged.
Any caught speaking will lose his tongue.
And I want all French prisoners
in our train put to death.
Leave their corpses speared on pikes
by the river's edge.
The first command I'll heed.
The second...
you'll have to carry out
that mass execution yourself.
What did you say to me?
You are not that man.
How dare you defy me?
Show your feeling in here, with me.
- Don't let it outside this tent.
- How dare you defy me? I am the king.
And where is
the fearsome old warrior Falstaff
about whom I've heard so much?
You've been mute since we crossed the sea.
I seem to be serving
as my own chief tactician,
my own commander, my own counsel.
Where is
the fearsome old warrior Falstaff?!
I speak only
when there's something to be said.
Too often have I seen men of war
invent work for themselves,
work that leads to nothing
but vainglory and slaughtered men.
I'm not that man.
And this here is the war
that you have chosen to wage.
I will disembowel you right here
with mine own hand.
You are not that man, either.
Evening, M'Lord.
- Gentlemen.
- M'Lord.
Lord Dorset,
summon your fastest rider.
My liege.
Sires. What can I do for you?
Tell me what lies over that hill.
Ride fast, return directly.
We are both outnumbered
and out-positioned.
They have the downslope in their favor.
Our need to advance
puts us already at disadvantage.
The longer we wait,
the larger their force will grow,
and with it, our disadvantage.
Your archers, my lord,
are of superior faculty.
French crossbow is no match
for an English longbow.
We should hobble their number
on first assault by these means alone.
York's charge in center
faces four lines of mounted knights.
Our archers here
might weaken those by half. But...
But not eight lines.
Nine. Ten. More.
You speak true, my liege.
The longer we wait,
the greater our disadvantage.
But it is possible our disadvantage
has already grown insurmountable.
A great many men
are already desperately ill
and weak from hunger.
What then, my lord,
do you propose we do?
I propose we consider turning back,
my liege.
I know it will not bring
the outcome we desire,
but nor will the evisceration of our army.
I'm reticent to speak for others here now,
but I'm certain my fears are shared.
Who here agrees with Lord Dorset?
You can win this battle.
Is that so, Sir John?
And precisely how is that so, Sir John?
You fight without horses
and without armor.
Heavens above,
please spare us from this man.
Their forward defense
is a front line of mounted men.
Many deep.
Knights all.
All on horseback,
all with heavy armor.
The ground out there...
is a flood bowl,
already half-sodden.
When it rains tonight, as I know it will,
that ground will turn into a muddy bog.
And with their horses and their armor,
they will get stuck,
they will fall,
and they will flounder
like upturned beetles.
As shall we.
Not if we travel light,
without horses and without armor.
Speed and mobility will be our advantage.
And how, Sir John,
can you be so sure of rainfall tonight?
My right knee is aching.
It only does that when rain is near.
Oh, save us, my liege.
Please put a stop to this drivel.
This would require their armored
front line come meet us in the mud.
How do you propose we invite that?
A small forward armored attack of our own.
A false advance.
They will counter.
We save our weight and our muscle
for a nimble assault from the flanks.
They shan't be so easily deceived.
They will not respond to false attack.
They will respond.
We move, they will meet us in the mud.
Our men-at-arms are outnumbered.
This they know.
They will hope to overwhelm us,
so they will meet us with full force,
no matter how small our first advance.
Our great longbows
will rain chaos on them from above.
That chaos will be your favor.
My liege, I implore you, we mustn't...
we mustn't listen to this madness.
What is the true experience of this man?
He once fought for Richard many years ago.
Since then, he has done nothing...
other than ride with the companies,
robbing and tormenting.
I never robbed anyone
who didn't deserve to be robbed.
If it rains tonight,
we fight tomorrow.
If you have concocted this plan,
half-baked and speculative,
merely to prove to me your worth,
please say so now.
All plans are speculative.
And as I say,
I only speak them when I feel them true.
This one I feel in my bones.
This one I feel in my knee bone.
Here we are on the eve of this fight,
and I am...
I am scared to wonder,
to tell it true,
why we are here.
You best discover the answer for that.
The men out there deserve it.
They've given their lives to you.
I cannot say what forces
have conspired to bring you here,
but these men need you,
just as you need them.
These men deserve your confidence.
And if you cannot give them that,
at least then tell them a magnificent lie.
Though you might not think it possible...
you are my friend.
Good night, Hal.
Sleep well.
This wind whips from the north.
The rain was sent from England.
Why are you being fitted with plate?
We were to fight without armor.
We need a front line to draw them in.
It cannot be you.
The idea was mine.
Some man must lead the first push
to sell it well.
My men have been assembled.
And I cannot, in good conscience,
send them out there
to realize my speculative drivel
without getting muddy alongside them,
can I?
I will fight with you.
It's noble,
but you know that cannot be.
This is what I was built for.
I die here or...
I die over a bottle in Eastcheap.
And I think this makes
for a much better story.
And you have things still to do.
You will join this fight.
But promise me you don't join too early.
It doesn't matter what you see out there.
We must first draw them all in.
All of them.
Promise me that, Hal.
Win, my friend.
Maybe then you'll lighten enough
to have a drink with me. Hmm?
Where is the Dauphin?
I humbly thank you for receiving me,
noble lord.
Please speak English.
I enjoy to speak English.
It is simple...
and ugly.
I have been waiting all morning,
all the night...
for your surrender.
It might have saved a great unease
had it come sooner.
I know you do not speak for your father.
I do speak for my father.
I know you do not speak for your father,
so I come to you now directly.
I have not come to surrender.
Too much Christian blood
will be spilled on this field today.
So, I propose this:
You and I fight, one man on one man.
We fight in our armies' stead.
If I lose, my men will leave this place
forthwith and forever.
You will have my head.
If I win,
I will assume this kingdom's crown
upon your father's death.
What say you?
Are you scared, young Henry?
What say you?
Are you scared of this battle?
There is no shame of it.
Save your men.
You save your own men.
You came here.
To me!
Surrender to me!
I cannot do that.
Well, then, boy,
let us make famous...
that field out there.
This little village of Agincourt,
that will forever mark the site
of your callow disgrace.
You expect of me a speech?
I have only one to give,
and it is the same one I'd give
were we not standing
on the brim of a battlefield.
It is the same one I'd give
were we to meet in the street by chance.
I have only ever hoped for one thing...
to see this kingdom united
under this English crown.
All men are born to die. We know it.
We carry it with us always.
If your day be today, so be it.
Mine will be tomorrow.
Or mine today and yours tomorrow.
It matters not.
What matters is that you know,
in your hearts,
that today you are that kingdom united.
You are England.
Each and every one of you. England is you.
And it is the space between you.
Fight not for yourselves,
fight for that space.
Fill that space.
Make it tissue.
Make it mass.
Make it impenetrable.
Make it yours!
Make it England!
Make it England!
Great men to it. Captains, lords.
Great men to it!
For the King and St. George!
For the King and St. George!
Les imbciles.
Archers! Now!
On me!
Come then...
King of England.
Hail the King.
Hail the King.
Hail the King.
My liege.
- God save the King.
- Hail the King.
Hail the King.
Hail the King.
- Hail the King.
- Hail King Henry.
Hail the King.
My liege.
The prisoners we have took are a rabble.
I fear we will not secure them
should their army regroup.
Kill them all.
Your Majesty...
Henry, King of England.
Your Majesty...
Come sit here with me.
I like to have the sun on my skin,
but not too much.
Too much is very dangerous.
This conversation we are about to have...
has been had many times before,
and will be had many times again
for centuries to come
between men of vanity
and men of good reason.
I would hope that you and I
are men of good reason.
I have, of course, traveled here
to offer you my surrender.
Do you ask anything of me in return?
I do, however,
have for you a proposition.
You take the hand of my daughter,
in marriage.
It is most uncanny...
that the great movements of history
so frequently find their origins
in the minutia of family.
That in ways I dare not unsettle here,
my relationship with my son
and yours...
with your father.
These are the things
that have led us here today.
We are leaders of lands
and peoples,
and yet...
it is family that moves us.
consumes us.
My condolences to you...
for the loss of your friend, Sir John.
I know you must feel this loss deeply.
Thank you, William.
Your loyalty to me has been comforting.
You have proven yourself
to be a most worthy king.
I would say you have proven yourself
to be one of England's great kings.
Your Majesty,
the crowd has gathered.
So I hear.
Leave us.
Please sit, Your Majesty.
You are beautiful.
I will no longer speak French.
We must speak English.
I cannot speak English.
You will learn.
I wonder, then,
how our union might proceed
in the meantime.
There is much I wonder
about a great many things.
Indeed there must be for you
to contemplate marriage
to a woman about whom...
you know so little.
I will not submit to you.
You must earn my respect.
I understand that.
Do you?
I do.
Do you feel a sense of achievement?
In what regard?
In any regard.
I have achieved that
which my father never could.
I have united this kingdom
in common cause.
You have achieved momentary respite.
A unity forged under false pretense
will never be a unity that prevails.
How, pray, have my endeavors
been forged falsely?
Why did you bring war to France?
Your father came on spoiling.
How so? How was he spoiling?
He sent an assassin.
There was no assassin.
There was no plot to kill you.
How might you know?
Because I was with my father
when he received word of your charge.
I know him well enough
to know his reaction to be genuine.
How was his reaction?
He laughed.
He laughed very much.
He said you must be drunk.
Your father is a madman.
He may be mad, but he is true.
His madness makes him true.
He says only what he believes.
That is why he is loved.
The assassin then
was sent by your brother.
- My brother?
- Mm-hmm.
My brother was too stupid
to conjure such a plan.
What was your true reason?
Did you know of the ball he sent?
The ball he sent to me?
A ball?
He sent to you...
- a ball?
- Why should you question my intent?
Your father's rule is illegitimate.
He has no right claim to his throne.
All monarchy is illegitimate.
You yourself are the son of a usurper.
It would seem that you have no explanation
for what you have done.
You have shed the blood
of so many Christian souls, and yet...
before me now, all I see is a...
young and vain and foolish man
so easily riled.
So easily beguiled.
I must leave you now.
We must be sure to revel in this day,
my friend.
A crowd has gathered
in honor of our victory.
These are the rare moments
for which a king truly lives,
I would imagine.
In all my preoccupation, I have...
neglected to ask after your family.
Your preoccupations are hardly trifling.
You have two sons.
I do.
your wife minds your estate
in your absence.
She does.
Yours is sheep.
You're a man of wool.
As was my father before me.
How many head?
At last count, some 4,000.
Mostly Dorset Horns.
How much land have you?
To be true, I'm not...
wholly certain, but...
but many...
many hundreds
of beautiful, beautiful acres.
What lands in France have you now annexed?
Now that France is ours,
how much of her land is now yours?
Oh, well...
That has yet to be determined.
Your conquest is so recent.
- Why do you ask this question...
- Stay up there.
- Hmm?
- Stay up there.
How did my assassin come to you?
I fail to remember the moment.
Remedy this failure.
So much has happened
in the intervening months.
An event as pivotal as this one
should be amply equipped
to penetrate the fog of time elapsed.
Of course.
Let me recall.
Was it in the street?
Did he come to you in the street?
Yes. Yes, it was in the street.
He approached me...
most unusually.
My liege, please, tell me
the cause of this concern.
Stay up there.
Stay up there.
Did he know your name?
I don't believe he did.
How, then, did he know
who you were to approach?
The memory is returning.
He surrendered himself to palace guards
and the matter
was brought to my attention.
I was taken to him.
So, he did not come to you in the street.
No. No, it was not in the street.
Forgive me.
I was summoned to his cell.
Has a problem arisen...
A problem has arisen.
And it wobbles before me now
on its silly little stool
- at mine own elevation.
- I'm afraid I don't understand.
- Please, please, stop this charade.
- Sincerely, I do not understand.
Stop the fucking charade!
Stop it!
I have given you
what you wanted, boy!
Have I not?!
You wanted peace.
Did you not?!
This is how peace is forged.
It is forged in victory.
That is the sound of peace.
That is the sound of your peace.
That is the sound of your greatness.
- My liege.
- My liege.
My liege.
I ask nothing of you...
only that you will always
speak to me clear and true.
Will you promise me only that?
Long live the King!
- Long live the King!
- I will.
Long live the King!
Long live the King!
Long live the King!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!
King Henry!