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Richard III (1995)

The classic Shakespearean play about the murderously scheming 15th-century king is reimagined in an alternative setting of 1930s England as clouds of fascism gather.

Director:

Richard Loncraine

Writers:

Ian McKellen (screenplay), Richard Loncraine (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 of Lancaster
Edward Jewesbury ... King Henry VI
Ian McKellen ... Richard III - Duke of Gloucester
Bill Paterson ... Ratcliffe
Annette Bening ... Queen Elizabeth
Matthew Groom Matthew Groom ... Young Prince Richard of York
John Wood ... King Edward IV
Nigel Hawthorne ... Duke of Clarence
Maggie Smith ... Duchess of York
Kate Steavenson-Payne ... Princess Elizabeth of York
Robert Downey Jr. ... Lord Rivers
Tres Hanley ... Air Hostess
Tim McInnerny ... Catesby
Stacey Kent Stacey Kent ... Ballroom Singer
Jim Carter ... 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 III (Sir Ian McKellen), 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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fascist | dog | tank | battle | widow | See All (45) »

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

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jim Broadbent was the only choice for the role of Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham. See more »

Goofs

This is not a historical drama, nor a biopic. It is an allegory which mixes and unsolved murders from the 1480s with costumes and customs from the 1930s, to make an artistic statement about the similarities between these two eras. While the movie portrays several historical figures, they are not intended to perfectly resemble their real-life counterparts, and their words and actions are never claimed to be what the real people said and did. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prince Edward: Goodnight, your majesty.
King Henry: Goodnight, son.
Prince Edward: Father.
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Alternate Versions

The UK (video) release has the cast credits in order of appearance. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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 escoheagSee 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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,915, 1 January 1996

Gross USA:

$2,684,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,748,518
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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