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Richard II (1978)

King Richard the Second (original title)
The incompetent King Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer King.

Director:

David Giles

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Jacobi ... Richard II
John Gielgud ... John of Gaunt
Jon Finch ... Henry Bolingbroke
Wendy Hiller ... Duchess of York
Charles Gray ... Duke of York
Mary Morris ... Duchess of Gloucester
David Swift ... Duke of Northumberland
Clifford Rose ... Bishop of Carlisle
Charles Keating ... Duke of Aumerle
Richard Owens ... Thomas Mowbray
Janet Maw Janet Maw ... Queen
Jeffrey Holland Jeffrey Holland ... Duke of Surrey
Jeremy Bulloch ... Henry Percy
Robin Sachs ... Bushy
Damien Thomas ... Bagot
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The incompetent King Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer King.

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: King Richard the Second See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

An interpretative move by Director David Giles, which was especially well received by critics was his division of King Richard II's lengthy prison cell soliloquy up into several sections, which fade from one to another, suggesting a passage of time, and an on-going slowly developing thought process. See more »

Quotes

Richard II: Deep malice makes too deep incision.
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Connections

Version of Heinrich VI (1964) See more »

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Memory did not deceive
6 June 2004 | by FigtreeSee all my reviews

I saw this on TV when it was originally broadcast back in 1978. All of these years I've remembered Derek Jacobi's performance. I just saw the DVD version, and he is just as brilliant as I remembered. There are nuances to the performance that I didn't notice when I first saw it at a lot younger age. Several of the BBC productions of Shakespeare plays were excellent; this is one of the very best.

I also enjoyed Charles Gray and Wendy Hiller as the Duke and Duchess of York. They are almost comic characters in some ways, yet not quite. Both actors do very well in their roles.

Shakespeare plays are so timeless that this doesn't seem dated at all. I'm very glad that I saw King Richard II again.


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