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The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Richard Loncraine 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Ian McKellen  and
Richard Loncraine 

Produced by
Maria Apodiacos .... executive producer
Stephen Bayly .... producer
Lisa Katselas .... producer (as Lisa Katselas Paré)
David Lascelles .... line producer
Ellen Dinerman Little .... executive producer
Ian McKellen .... executive producer
Mary Richards .... associate producer
Joe Simon .... executive producer
Michele Tandy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou 
Film Editing by
Paul Green 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Tony Burrough 
Art Direction by
Richard Bridgland 
Choi Ho Man 
Costume Design by
Shuna Harwood 
Makeup Department
Kathy Ducker .... makeup artist
Sallie Evans .... makeup artist (as Sally Evans)
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Pat Hay .... key makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Liz Michie .... hair stylist
Daniel Parker .... makeup designer: Ian McKellan
Daniel Parker .... prosthetics designer
Stephen Rose .... hair stylist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Sian Miller .... make up/hair dailies (uncredited)
Production Management
Ken Holt .... unit manager
Mike Nunn .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Austin .... second assistant director
Marios Hamboulides .... trainee assistant director
Mark Layton .... second assistant director
Ken Tuohy .... first assistant director
Neil Tuohy .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Bates .... carpenter
Jon Billington .... assistant art director
Paul Cheesman .... property storeman
Sarah Jane Cornish .... assistant art director
Michael Davis .... carpenter
Kevin Day .... stagehand
Gary Dyer .... stagehand
Steve Furneaux .... carpenter
John Godfrey .... construction manager
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Charles Hammett .... carpenter
Ken Hawkey .... stand-by painter
Arthur Healey .... painter
Jonathan Hurst .... chargehand stand-by propman
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Martin Kingsley .... chargehand dressing propman
Adam Kyriakou .... carpenter
Rebecca Loncraine .... art department assistant
Eric Lowen .... carpenter (as David Lowen)
Steve Malin .... stagehand
Brian Mitchell .... stand-by stagehand
Keith Muir .... chargehand stagehand
Con Murphy .... stand-by rigger
Peter Murray .... carpenter
Tony Musk .... carpenter
Brian Neighbour .... assistant construction manager
Keith Pitt .... dressing propman
Harry Portlock .... carpenter
Butch Roper .... painter
Dominic Smithers .... production buyer
Tony Snook .... carpenter
Alan Tagg .... painter
Ty Teiger .... property master
Dave Thompson .... painter
Nick Turnbull .... stand-by propman
Peter Watson .... dressing propman
Tommy Westbrook .... stand-by carpenter
Steve Williamson .... supervising painter
Nick Wood .... painter
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Lewis Aschenbrenner .... sound trainee (as John Lewis)
Gerry Bates .... sound maintenance
Philip Bothamley .... sound editor
David Brady .... assistant foley editor
Renato Giannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Harris .... playback operator (as Mike Harris)
John Iles .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Eric Jordan .... assistant sound engineer
James Manning .... assistant sound engineer
Chris Nuttall .... sound
William Parnell .... dialogue editor
Rocky Phelan .... foley editor
David Stephenson .... sound recordist
John Taylor .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Lee Taylor .... dubbing mixer
Elaine 'Chucks' Thomas .... adr editor
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
Toby Wood .... assistant sound engineer
Garry Fiferman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Philip Clark .... special effects technician (as Phil Clark)
John Coyle .... special effects assistant
Paul Dimmer .... special effects technician
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
David Eves .... special effects assistant
Matthew Horton .... special effects technician
Robert Nugent .... senior special effects technician
Peter Skehan .... senior special effects technician
James Skipsey .... special effects assistant
David Watkins .... special effects technician
Barry Whitrod .... senior special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Richard Bain .... compositor
Jon Bunker .... digital effects director (as John Bunker)
Frazer Churchill .... film recording
Matthew Holben .... visual effects producer
Charlie Noble .... compositor
Mark Stannard .... compositor
Richenda Wheeler .... CG artist
Arthur Windus .... visual effects producer
Jonathan Cohen .... stunts
David Cronnelly .... stunt fall performer
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Paul Heasman .... stunts (as Paul Heaseman)
Mark Henson .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Mark Lisbon .... stunts
Gary Powell .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Julian Spencer .... stunts
Danny Ray Cook .... precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... key grip
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
John Barry .... lighting rigging crew
Robert Binnall .... focus puller
Craig Bloor .... clapper loader
Peter Bloor .... chief lighting technician
Peter Bloor .... gaffer
Sam Bloor .... lighting technician
Gary Blowfield .... video operator
Rosalyn Ellis .... camera trainee
Mark Evans .... lighting technician (as Mark 'Rocky' Evans)
Joe Felix .... second camera grip
Darren Gatrell .... lighting rigging crew
Alan Grosch .... generator operator
Colin Hazell .... crane operator
Françoise Higson .... video assistant
Ron Lyons .... lighting rigging crew
Ray Meehan .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mark Moriarty .... focus puller: second camera
Tim Murphy .... electrical rigger
John Palmer .... second assistant camera
Annie Phillips .... lighting technician
Ronnie Phillips .... electrician
Clive Prior .... clapper loader: second camera
Dave Ridout .... best boy
Sid Skinner .... rigger
Peter Taylor .... camera operator
Danny Webster .... rigger
Frankie Webster .... chargehand rigger
Dean Wilkenson .... lighting rigging crew
Alan Williams .... electrical rigger
Casting Department
Lisa Beach .... casting consultant: USA
Ray Knight .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheila Cullen .... wardrobe assistant
Elvis Davis .... key set costumer
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe supervisor
Victoria Harwood .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
James Carew .... second assistant editor
Sandra Frieze .... post-production assistant
Peter Hunt .... grader
Elaine 'Chucks' Thomas .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music mixer
Paul Golding .... music recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
James Manning .... assistant music engineer
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator for cmmp
Kirsty Whalley .... music mixer
Kirsty Whalley .... music recordist
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader (as Gavin Wright)
Transportation Department
Mike Bartlett .... location driver
Bob Dean .... location driver
Terry English .... unit driver
Gerry Floyd .... unit driver
Tony Foster .... location driver
Bert Griffin .... location driver
Mike Harris .... location driver
Scott Henley .... location driver
John Ott .... location driver
Terry Reece .... unit driver
Albert Smith .... location driver
Mike Smith .... unit driver
Barry Stone .... location driver
Dennis Swan .... location driver
Charlie Thomas .... location driver
Bob Valles .... location driver
Other crew
Maria Apodiacos .... script supervisor
Anushka Athaide .... assistant to producer
Rosie Bedford-Stradling .... unit nurse
Erica Bensly .... production coordinator
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer
Etienne Bol .... consultant: aviation
Sarah Booth .... assistant accountant
Dale Clarke .... armorer
Steve Dent .... horse master
Richard Eyre .... original stage production
Simon Fraser .... assistant production coordinator
Andy Hennigan .... post-production accountant
Charles Hubbard .... location manager
Andrew Jack .... dialogue coach
Patricia Johnson .... unit publicist
Mig Kimpton .... assistant: Mr. Mckellen
Grainne Marmion .... production executive
Charles McDonald .... unit publicist
Caroline Moore .... production assistant
Steve Morphew .... stand-in
Rajeshree Patel .... assistant accountant
Huw Phillips .... rushes grader
Timothy R. Price .... production assistant
François Prins .... consultant: aviation
Adam Richards .... co-location manager
Jocelyn Skottowe .... military advisor
Joss Skottowe .... military advisor
Charlie Somers .... floor runner
Tony Stanton .... copyist
Emma Stokes .... stand-in
Phil Todd .... sax and flute solo
Ken Whitfield .... military extras supplier
Jon Bunker .... title designer (uncredited)
James Middleton .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence and sexuality
104 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Ian McKellen was in his 50s when he played King Richard III, who only lived to be 33.See more »
Continuity: When Elizabeth is summoned to talk with Richard in the train car, her coat unbuttons between shots.See more »
[first lines]
Prince of Wales:Goodnight Father.
King Henry:Goodnight son.
Prince of Wales:Goodnight your majesty.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Modern Classic, 9 August 2006
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

When it comes to updates of the plays by William Shakespeare, Richard III is probably the best of the lot. While it might seem like an unusual concept to take the classic play of deceit, betrayal, seduction, and cold-blooded murder out of the 1400's and into an alternate history 1930's version of England, the cast and production designs make that concept seem not only believable but so realistic you might find yourself wondering if this could really have happened if events had played out like they do in the film.

Ian McKellen plays the title role, the youngest brother of the royal family of the York's, who is determined to take the throne at whatever cost. McKellen's performance is chilling to say the least. From the moment he is introduced in a classic introduction to the battle sequence at the end of the film, McKellen makes the character of Richard seem to be the most evil villain ever to grace a movie screen as he is able to literally become the character in the vast web of deception via acting like he has no interest in taking the throne. One can't help but believe that Richard could really pull of the deceptions that he's able to pull off convincing people not only the public but members of the royal family and nobility. The character's various monologue's in which his thoughts are spoken aloud, giving the audience a glimpse into the tyrannical mind of this would be king / dictator are a highlight of the film especially at the film's beginning in which if one had any doubts about how evil Richard is are very quickly dismissed. McKellen sells Richard and he grips your attention to where your focus is entirely on him, making the trailer line about Richard being the "greatest villain of all time" ring very true and it's a shame that McKellen didn't even get an Oscar nomination for his performance.

Annette Benning plays Queen Elizabeth, the American wife of Richard's brother Edward. Many have complained about Benning in the role for various reasons including the fact that she is American and some question her acting ability. Benning, in my opinion, succeeds in making the idea of an American queen seem realistic and her acting talent matches up against McKellen in every scene the two are in together. Also keep in mind this is an alternate history, so an American queen of England isn't that unfeasible. Robert Downey Jr. plays her brother, Rivers. Rivers disappears about midway trough the film, but for the first half of the film, he is Richard's biggest enemy and his obvious dislike of Richard is evident in Downey's performance and the scene where his character meets his demise is shocking to say the least. Jim Broadbent plays the role of Buckingham, Richard's biggest supporter, with unnerving calm and his conniving attitude makes him almost as big of a villain as Richard. Kristin Scott Thomas is superb as Anne, the widow of one of Richard's victims who eventually falls for Richard and lives long enough to regret it. Her confrontation against Richard in a morgue towards the film's beginning stands out as one of the film's best scenes. Nigel Hawthorne's all too brief appearance as the plain and simple Clarence stands out as well, as does Maggie Smith's Duchess of York and John Wood's King Edward.

The concept of being updated to the 1930's is no more evident then in the production design. There is no doubt that we are in the 1930's and the filmmakers appear to have gone to great steps to make it evident that this is very much an alternate history. As I am sure others have commented this England is not the England we all know and love. Instead, one constantly gets the feeling that we are instead in a Nazi version of England. Everywhere in the film, in the costumes especially, the aura of Nazi Germany can be felt. Virtually all of Richard's costumes are based off German uniforms of the Nazi era, as are the uniforms worn by his supporters in the film's final half. If anyone doubts the influence of Nazi Germany on this alternate history version of England, look at the rally scene shortly before Richard is crowned. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to realize that this scene is a case of déjà vu: it is almost identical to the well known documentary footage we have all seen of Nazi rallies right down to the flags that, while containing a boar instead of the swastika, still makes one think that they're in Nazi Germany.

The film's opening sequence with the classic sight of a tank crashing trough a wall and the film's final battle sequence also add to the feeling of this being in the 1930's. And to everyone out there who has commented about the red stars on some of the tanks here's why: if you knew about the war of the roses you would know that red was the color of the rose symbolizing the Lancaster family and that the white rose, seen on many of Richard's troops in the finale, was the rose representing the York family.

Also, Trevor Jones score is a must hear. The beautiful song at the beginning of the film sells the idea of the 1930's very well. The score, while at times going out of the 1930's, does the job of keeping the feeling of tension throughout the film and is another example of the talent of Trevor Jones.

Few films have the power to hold the attention of a viewer from beginning to end, especially when there is a large amount of dialog. But with the performance given by Ian McKellen, production design, battle sequences, and the score by Trevor Jones, Richard III easily counts not only as a must see but as a modern classic.

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