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Richard III (1995)

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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William Shakespeare's classic play is brought into the present with the setting as Great Britian in the 1930s. Civil war has erupted with the House of Lancaster on one side, claiming the right to the British throne and hoping to bring freedom to the country. Opposing is the House of York, commanded by the infamous Richard who rules over a fascist government and hopes to install himself as a dictator monarch. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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What Is Worth Dying For... Is Worth Killing For. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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29 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ricardo III  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,600,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Downey, Jr. and Annette Bening appeared in In Dreams (1999). See more »

Goofs

As Edward finishes his dance with Queen Elizabeth (at the beginning) and they walk off the dance floor, the young prince slips and falls. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prince of Wales: Goodnight Father.
King Henry: Goodnight son.
Prince of Wales: Goodnight your majesty.
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Connections

Version of König Richard III: Erster Teil (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Live With Me
Paraphrased from "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love,(1599)" by Christopher Marlowe
Performed by Stacey Kent and Vile Bodies
Music composed by Trevor Jones
Arranged by Colin Good
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Shakespearean tragedy in 1940s Europe
13 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film sets Shakespeare's Richard III in an alternative to WWII era England, where fascists and royalists maintain their own militias and play power games with kings and thrones. The first scene sets the tone for the entire film. A young officer is settling down to dinner with his dog chewing on a bone nearby. The building begins to shake and a low rumbling is heard. Soon enough, a tank erupts through the fireplace and stormtroopers charge in automatic rifles ablaze. Ian McKellan removes his gas mask and spouts a few lines of Shakespearean dialog.

The action and the intrigue never really let up, as the film follows Richard's (McKellan) rise to infamy and power. Neither does the Shakespearean dialog. Somehow the cast manages to make the dialog fit the action and setting effortlessly.

Richard III is jarringly strange - perhaps the most innovative of the recent Shakespeare updates - very well acted and directed. Although I recommend the film, I have to warn you - it's not for everyone.


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