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The Third Part of King Henry VI (1983)

The Third Part of Henry the Sixth (original title)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl of Northumberland / 2nd Keeper / Huntsman
Peter Benson ...
Gerald Blackmore ...
Antony Brown ...
Lewis, King of France / Sir John Montgomery
Marquess of Montague / Father that killed his son
Paul Chapman ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Arthur Cox ...
David Daker ...
Mathew David ...
Edmund, Earl of Rutland
Brian Deacon ...
Tenniel Evans ...
Messenger to York / First Keeper / First Watchman
Derek Farr ...
Duke of Exeter / Mayor of York


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16 January 1983 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part Three  »

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The scene where Richard kills Henry has three biblical references carefully worked out by Jane Howell; as Richard drags Henry away, his arms spread out into a crucified position; on the table at which he sat are seen bread and wine, and in the background, an iron crossbar is faintly illuminated against the black stone wall. See more »


Richard, Duke of Gloucester: [Referring to Edward IV] Would he were wasted: marrow, bones and all; That from his loins no hopeful branch might spring To cross me from the golden time I look for.
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Less dreadful than parts 1 and 2
26 October 2008 | by (Palo Alto, United States) – See all my reviews

The two leads, Peter Benson as Henry VI and Julia Foster as Queen Margaret, are much less annoying in the final part of the trilogy than in the first two—towards the end, they even do some actual acting, which suggests that their monotones in the first five sixths of the trilogy should be blamed on the director. The minor parts, as usual for the BBC Shakespeare, are mostly well-handled, even (this time) Bernard Hill as Richard, though it's still a relief that he's replaced in the sequel. The direction is competent when it's not heavy-handed, sometimes (as in Warwick's final speech) going over the top and distracting from the play and Shakespeare's words. The production continues to be cheap and gloomy, but this only occasionally (as with implausible snow on what's normally conceived as a filmed indoor set) interferes with the play, though it never adds to it.

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