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Looking for Richard (1996)

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

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

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,361,420 (USA) (24 January 1997)
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Trivia

While he was putting the film together, Al Pacino showed the film for his friend Director Harold Becker as Pacino didn't know where to go with all the footage he had amassed. Becker responded with "Make the film four acts" and that's when Pacino began to lay out the structure towards the final version of the film. 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 »

Quotes

Lady Anne: To take is not to give.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1997 (1997) See more »

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Shakespeare to the "common man."
2 February 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Al Pacino brings Shakespeare to the common man in this documentary exploring the complexities of Richard III. If you can get past the insinuation that the "every day ordinary man (or woman)" is too slow to understand the intricacies of Shakespeare, you are left with quite an interesting, entertaining film. I have to be honest and say that many people do find Shakespeare a little bewildering, and tackling Richard III, one of his deepest, confusing plays, is no easy task. Therefore, let down your guard, and let the actors and scholars give us their interpretation of this most fascinating play. I found much irony in this simple effort, which made the film all the more enjoyable. In telling us of a story of a man, who wants so badly to become king as to betray all those he knows and loves, we learn the story of a singular, power hungry man, with an urge to rule his people. In his own admission, Pacino himself is on a quest to be the ultimate monarch of his own film, and tell us all, us commoners, the true meaning of this classic work. Whether or not the parallel is intentional, I don't know, but it still makes for interesting story telling. And the ultimate irony of all is that some of the deepest and most intelligent quotes come from interviews with Joe Q. Public; the man on the street.


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