MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 116 this week

Richard II (1978)
"King Richard the Second" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  28 March 1979 (USA)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 211 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 1 critic

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
a list of 3594 titles
created 06 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1040 titles
created 22 Apr 2013
 
a list of 500 titles
created 30 Dec 2013
 
a list of 9 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Richard II" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Richard II (TV Movie 1978)

Richard II (TV Movie 1978) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Richard II.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Taming of the Shrew (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The swaggering Petruchio, eager to wive it wealthily in Padua, agrees to marry the spitting hellcat, Katherine.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Simon Chandler, Anthony Pedley, John Franklyn-Robbins
Julius Caesar (TV Movie 1979)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell
Macbeth (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Macbeth and his wife murder Duncan in order to gain his crown, but the bloodbath doesn't stop there, and things supernatural combine to bring the Macbeths down.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Brenda Bruce, Eileen Way, Anne Dyson
Richard the Second (Video 2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A banished nobleman returns to usurp the throne of England when the king seizes all his property.

Director: John Farrell
Stars: Matte Osian, Kadina de Elejalde, Barry Smith
Othello (TV Movie 1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A general becomes convinced that his wife is having an affair, even though there is no evidence.

Director: Jonathan Miller
Stars: Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Geoffrey Chater
Henry VIII (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kevin Billington
Stars: John Stride, Claire Bloom, Ronald Pickup
Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie 1984)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Benedick and Beatrice fight their merry war of words. But when Beatrice's friend, Hero, is humiliatingly jilted by Benedick's best friend, Claudio, Benedick has to choose which side he's on... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge
Stars: Lee Montague, Tim Faulkner, Cherie Lunghi
Henry IV Part II (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: David Giles
Stars: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Rob Edwards
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Jane Howell
Stars: Peter Aldwyn, John Alford, Sean Bartley
Richard II (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Deborah Warner
Stars: Fiona Shaw, Graham Crowden, Richard Bremmer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Jane Howell
Stars: Peter Aldwyn, Sean Bartley, John Benfield
King John (TV Movie 1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, William Whymper, Mary Morris
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Mary Morris ...
David Swift ...
Clifford Rose ...
...
Richard Owens ...
Janet Maw ...
Queen
Jeffrey Holland ...
Duke of Surrey
Jeremy Bulloch ...
...
Damien Thomas ...
Edit

Storyline

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

28 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard II  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

John of Gaunt: This royal throne of Kings, this scepter'd isle, this precious stone set in a silver sea; this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England!
See more »

Connections

Followed by Henry IV Part II (1979) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Jacobi shines as Richard the "sun-king"
30 October 2000 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

Richard II is one of those plays that hangs almost wholly on the performance of the leading actor. While the action centers on the deposition of a king, the play is not so much a political drama as a psychological one. Shakespeare's interest, and therefore ours, is focused primarily on "unking'd Richard" rather than on his conflict with Henry Bolingbroke, the "silent king." Fortunately, the BBC version gives us a central performance that does the play justice: Derek Jacobi (one of my favorite actors anyway) does a turn here that's nothing short of splendid. Most of Richard's longer speeches have a nearly operatic quality to them, and Jacobi's reading does not disappoint. It's a great portrait of a petulant young king who gains -- if not true wisdom, then magnificent pathos.

The deposition scene alone is worth the price of admission. :-)

(I now apologize for the pretentious opening. I'm writing a thesis on Richard II at the moment -- indeed, I should be writing it *now* -- so I'm still in literary critic mode... ;-) )

Although Jacobi's bravura performance dominates the production, there are a few others that really stand out, chief among them Sir John Gielgud's amazing, intense John of Gaunt (whose last scene is just riveting -- his elegy for England gave me chills), Jon Finch's calculating Bolingbroke, and Charles Gray's York, who fortunately is not played as comic relief.

All this praise is not to say there's nothing about the production that doesn't work. For instance, the confusing and allegorical garden scene is rather unimpressive -- it's difficult and stylized anyway, and neither Janet Maw as the Queen nor Jonathan Adams as the head gardener really pulls it off. And the scene where York accuses his son Aumerle of treason while his wife pleads for pardon, rhyming all the while...well, it isn't one of Shakespeare's finest moments, but these actors, to their credit, went a ways toward making it watchable. And then there are the usual quibbles with the BBC production values -- the sets and such are not particularly impressive-looking; it's more like watching a stage production on film. But that doesn't matter if the performances are good -- and for the most part, these are first-rate.


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
UK Library hire £1 a month + play at the Old Vic London FlorenceLawrence
This is the one. knightofnih
Discuss Richard II (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?