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Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 11 March 1956 (USA)
Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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King Edward IV of England
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Archbishop
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Pamela Brown ...
Jane Shore
Paul Huson ...
Edward, Prince of Wales
Stewart Allen ...
Page to Richard
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Russell Thorndike ...
First Priest
Wallace Bosco ...
Monk (as Wally Bosco)
Norman Fisher ...
Monk
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Brackenbury
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The Lord Rivers
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Storyline

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 Snow Leopard

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Ricardo III  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

The Lord Hastings: The cat, the rat, and Lovell the dog / Rule all England under the hog.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the film's credits are shown at the end. The opening credits show only the title of the film, Shakespeare's name, and the names of the main actors. See more »

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Version of Richard III (1980) See more »

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First Impressions
28 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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