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Looking for Richard (1996)

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Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."

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Herself / Queen Elizabeth
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Himself / Dorset
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Himself / Rivers
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Himself / King Edward
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Himself / Duke of Clarence
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Himself / Richard III
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Young Prince
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Himself / Lord Stanley
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Himself / Earl of Buckingham
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Director Al Pacino juxtaposes scenes from Richard III, scenes of rehearsals for Richard III, and sessions where parties involved discuss the play, the times that shaped the play, and the events that happened at the time the play is set. Interviews with mostly British actors are also included, attempting to explain why American actors have more problems performing Shakespearean plays than they do. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A four hundred year old work-in-progress.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Looking for Richard  »

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Opening Weekend:

ITL 322,725,000 (Italy) (14 February 1997)

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ITL 408,961,000 (Italy) (21 February 1997)
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Before finally settling on a studio, Al Pacino's final choices were Miramax Films and Fox Searchlight. Harvey Weinstein who had seen the film in its rawest footage, loved the film and really wanted it badly. Pacino chose Fox because Tom Rothman who was the then head of Fox Searchlight loved the film as well and oversaw the project until he was promoted to the head of the studio. It was a decision that Pacino regretted as he was left alone without any basic help as the studio's new regime was forming into place. See more »

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Very Impressive Movie!!
6 July 2003 | by (North Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

I caught this by sheer accident on BBC C4 last night backed on to another Shakespeare program.

I was immediately caught by it..the fabulous comittment to culture in the face of 'dumbing down' shown by Pacino and his team was overwhelming. I too had not thought it possible from american film stars!!

His characterisation of Richard was amazing. His fellow actors were equally impressive and the scenes where they discuss the plot, its meaning historically and it's meaning in human terms were gripping.

The intercut scenes of British establishment lovies pontificating on why Americans can't do Shakespeare highlighted the pretensiousness of our approach. I would prefer Pacino anyday to a 100 Brannagh's or Jacobi's!!

The costume scenes had a kind of byzantine grandeur and I was constantly reminded of Orson Welles, or his influence.

Shore's music is tremendous and meets the high standard of the rest of this movie.

I will be adding this to my collection at the earliest opportunity.

Watch and be amazed!!


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