John Gielgud as King Henry IV; Orson Welles as Sir John Falstaff; Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet; Fernando Rey as Worcester; Tony Beckley as Ned Poins; Andrew Faulds as Westmoreland; Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly; Michael Aldridge as Pistol; Alan Webb as Shallow; Norman Rodway as Henry 'Hotspur' Percy; Julio Peï¿½a as Undetermined Role; Keith Pyott as Undetermined Role; Jose Nieto as Northumberland; Walter Chiari as Mr. Silence; Keith Baxter as Prince Hal
NR (Not Rated)
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413. The crowning achievement of Orson Welles's extraordinary film career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker's lifelong obsession with Shakespeare's ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV's wayward son Prince Hal, here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace.