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Richard III (1995)

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Bowen ... Prince Edward
... King Henry
... Richard III
... Ratcliffe
... Queen Elizabeth
Matthew Groom ... Young Prince
... King Edward
... Clarence
... Duchess of York
... Princess Elizabeth
... Rivers
... Air Hostess
... Catesby
Stacey Kent ... Ballroom Singer
... Lord William Hastings
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Storyline

William Shakespeare's classic play is brought into the present with the setting as Great Britian in the 1930s. Civil war has erupted with the House of Lancaster on one side, claiming the right to the British throne and hoping to bring freedom to the country. Opposing is the House of York, commanded by the infamous Richard who rules over a fascist government and hopes to install himself as a dictator monarch. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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What Is Worth Dying For... Is Worth Killing For. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ricardo III  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,600,000
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tyrell (Adrian Dunbar) was not scripted to hand the apple to Richard (Sir Ian McKellen) in the stable, but improvised it on the spot. McKellen took the hint, and pelted the apple (supposedly at the pig). See more »

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Richard III died aged 32, after reigning for 2 years. Ian McKellen was in his mid-50s during filming and no attempt is made to hide his age. However he was not the first or last middle-aged actor to play the role. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prince of Wales: Goodnight Father.
King Henry: Goodnight son.
Prince of Wales: Goodnight your majesty.
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Soundtracks

Te Deum: Marche en rondeau prelude
(uncredited)
Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
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Exceptional performances enhance timeless themes.
14 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Many productions throughout the years have presented Shakespeare in updated formats in order to make his plays more

contemporary with varying results. This production is one of the

most successful. Sir Ian McKellan's extraordinary performance

makes his character, although thoroughly self-serving, incredibly

magnetic. The film is enhanced by many other exceptional

performances, most notably by Robert Downey Jr., Jim Broadbent

and Kristin Scott Thomas. The setting makes the story more

realistic to modern viewers, which helps it to avoid the stiff, stagy

quality seen in most productions of this work. Making

Shakespeare more accessible to today's viewers without

butchering his amazing language is no mean feat, but this film

accomplishes it handily.


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