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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 & 10 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
Mathew Horton .... special effects technician (as Matthew Horton)
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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The lyrics to the opening song ("Live With Me and Be My Love") are from a pastoral poem by Christopher Marlowe.See more »
Factual errors: Richard III died aged 32, after reigning for 2 years. Ian McKellen was in his mid-50s during filming and no attempt is made to hide his age. However he was not the first or last middle-aged actor to play the role.See more »
[first lines]
Prince of Wales:Goodnight Father.
King Henry:Goodnight son.
Prince of Wales:Goodnight your majesty.
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58 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly thought out, superbly played and totally gripping, 5 June 2000
Author: alfa-16 from Rural Kent, UK

I'm not always comfortable with Shakespeare in modern dress, nor with Ian McKellen's apparent assumption of the mantle of Olivier and Gielgud. Neither did I think that anything could top the experience of seeing Antony Sher play the role on the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth.

So after all the unfavourable comment, I was shocked to find this version comprehensively squashing all such reservations. It's brilliantly thought out, superbly played and totally gripping from start to finish.

The updating to a non-specific inter war period is not just apposite but genuinely illuminating. The games McKellen plays with the changing techniques of warfare in the period, the rise of fascism, realpolitik and the undermining of royalty by the Wallis Simpson affair, push back the boundaries of Shakespeare on film in all directions.

For example, at the very moment you're thinking that all this mayhem is a bit much in English period costume, the helmets change, then the uniforms get darker, the red flags appear and Richard's acceptance speech turns into an underground Nuremburg Rally - a stark reminder of just how deeply the country flirted with fascism in the 30s and just how short and steep the descent can be. Stanley's troops, crucially uncommitted, stood off overlooking the real Battle of Bosworth. McKellen's Richard has control of the railway network here, but Wing Commander Stanley denies him the all-important air support in a superb piece of updated analogy. Throughout, modernity is so carefully and relevantly overlaid on the plot structure that it becomes one of the great pleasures and achievements of the piece.

Lots of surprises, not the least of which comes as the play's most famous line is perfectly re-engineered and delivered and lots of great players at the top of their form.

McKellen, Scott Thomas, Broadbent, Downey Jnr and Annette Bening are all worth the price of admission individually, but there's hardly a flaw in any of the performances.

I simply can't see what the detractors are on about at all. Really. An epic piece of work. Easily the best version on film. Easily the most thought provoking Shakespeare on film.

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