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Looking for Richard (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Drama  |  11 October 1996 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald ...
Himself / Dorset
Madison Arnold ...
Himself / Rivers
Himself / Grey
Himself / King Edward
Himself / Duke of Clarence
Himself / Richard III
Timmy Prairie ...
Landon Prairie ...
Prince Richard
Himself / Hastings
Himself / Lord Stanley
Himself / Earl of Buckingham
Phil Parolisi ...
Halberd / Messenger


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 <>

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A four hundred year old work-in-progress.


Documentary | Drama

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

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En busca de Ricardo III  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,843 (USA) (11 October 1996)


ITL 408,961,000 (Italy) (21 February 1997)

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27 March 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Who would have thought that an Italian from New York City could play Richard the 3rd. ? Al Pacino is marvellous as he searches the stage and beyond for the true Richard the 3rd. Kevin Spacey, Winonna Ryder, and Alex Baldwin are just some who join him in the journey as he wonders the streets of New York and London for the true love of Shakespeare.

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