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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:
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Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald ...
Himself / Dorset
Madison Arnold ...
Himself / Rivers
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Himself / Grey
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Himself / King Edward
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Himself / Duke of Clarence
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Himself / Richard III
Timmy Prairie ...
Landon Prairie ...
Prince Richard
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Himself / Hastings
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Himself / Lord Stanley
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Himself / Earl of Buckingham
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Margaret
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Phil Parolisi ...
Halberd / Messenger
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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)  »

Also Known As:

En busca de Ricardo III  »

Box Office

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

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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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In discussion, Pacino and co. are studying the "*G* of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be," and decide, since it's supposed to refer to Clarence, that they'll change it to "'C" of Edward's heir's." The problem is, the prophecy very deliberately refers to Richard, Duke of GLOUCESTER and Clarence, Duke of GEORGE. With "G" the prophecy is true. If you change it to "C" the prophecy becomes false, and can no longer refer to two people. See more »

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Give Shakespeare another try.
24 October 1999 | by (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

To me, "Looking for Richard" is about one man's love of Shakespearean plays. This film is his vehicle to share that admiration with as many people as possible. I'm glad Mr. Pacino made this film, because he is so well-respected by such a wide variety of people, that his presence will draw them first to this film and then hopefully to the theatre.

I found the film extremely interesting. If you're at all interested in theatre, you'll enjoy watching the cast debate during rehearsals. It gave me a greater insight into what's involved in actually putting on a play. Usually, you just see the finished product, and they make it look so easy. I was relieved to learn from the film that the actors and directors struggle with the text of the plays too. So you don't have to feel bad if you don't understand all the dialogue - you will get the gist of it. The film is simply urging people to give Shakespeare another chance. You might like it, or you might not, but at least you'll have given it a shot. And if you do like it, it'll keep you busy for years.

Since most people are initially exposed to Shakespeare in high school, I imagine that's where their phobia originates. I had an English teacher who was passionate about Shakespeare, and he instilled that appreciation in me. Unfortunately, everyone isn't as lucky. Boring classes turned them off, and that's all they'll ever experience of Shakespeare. They are missing so much. I hope all the English teachers out there who are less than comfortable with teaching Shakespeare will show this film to their classes to counteract any Shakespeare phobia-inducing incidents.


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