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"Now is the winter of our discontent..." With these timeless words, Duke Richard - lounging on his sun deck - sets his murderous plans in motion. His goal: to eliminate the hated rival ... See full summary »
Maria Conchita Alonso
Richard's military skills have helped to put his older brother Edward on the throne of England. But jealousy and resentment cause Richard to seek the crown for himself, and he conceives a lengthy and carefully calculated plan using deception, manipulation, and outright murder to achieve his goal. His plotting soon has tumultuous consequences, both for himself and for England. Written by
The Battle of Bosworth Field could not be shot on the original location, as the region had been modernized since the 15th century. Instead, Anthony Bushell found a bull farm outside Madrid where the foliage was green enough to pass for England and secured the cooperation of the Spanish Army. This was a decade before Spain would become the "go to" location for epic filmmakers around the world. See more »
For one shot at the end during the battle scene, right around the famous "My kingdom for a horse!" line, Richard's left hand has all five fingers. During the rest of the movie, Richard only has three fingers on his left hand as part of the character's deformities. See more »
I saw Richard III as a child, and was totally mesmerised both by the film and story, and the part played by Sir Lawrence. It's a shame that the story doesn't do justice to Richard III, as it 'demonises' Richard somewhat. However the film justifiably earn its 10! One needs to remember that the film was made long before the modern computer-generated effects, yet the 'ghost' effects before the battle on the field of Bosworth were fantastic, and would not be out of place today in the 21st Century. Olivier's make-up was equally effective, including the hunch-back, the missing fingers and the extended nose. A scene that will always be with me is the murder of the two princes in the tower. This is a Shakespearian film at its best!
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