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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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Al Pacino

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Al Pacino (narration) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Allen ... Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald Gordon MacDonald ... Himself / Dorset
Madison Arnold ... Himself / Rivers
Vincent Angell ... Himself / Grey
Harris Yulin ... Himself / King Edward
Alec Baldwin ... Himself / Duke of Clarence
Al Pacino ... Himself / Richard III
Timmy Prairie Timmy Prairie ... Young Edward V
Landon Prairie Landon Prairie ... Prince Richard
Kevin Conway ... Himself / William, Lord Hastings
Larry Bryggman ... Himself / Lord Stanley
Kevin Spacey ... Himself / Earl of Buckingham
Estelle Parsons ... Margaret
Winona Ryder ... Herself / Lady Anne
Phil Parolisi Phil Parolisi ... Halberd / Messenger
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Storyline

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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Documentary | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca de Ricardo III See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,843, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$1,408,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,408,575
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A lot of the scenes where the actors look frustrated and bewildered were real. Due to the fact that no one knew what kind of direction Pacino was aiming for. See more »

Goofs

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

Richard III: I'll have her, but I will not keep her long.
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He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
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Give Shakespeare another try.
24 October 1999 | by Lola-9See 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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