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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

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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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,361,420, 26 January 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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

Vanessa Redgrave: In England you have had centuries when words are totally divorced from truth.
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Connections

Version of Ricardo III (1984) See more »

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A perfect example of the Shakespearean complex and relevance..
23 April 2005 | by JonLangeSee all my reviews

Being an actor, thus not only interested in but bewitched by Shakespeare and his genius, this movie is a wonderful paper on how his text and drama applies to all in all times. Pacino with friends and colleagues Bulleit and Berry (I think) try to digest the soul of the words and make them digestible to the everyday Joe. It's a riveting tale of the grand emotions that we all possess, but rarely express in this time and age and I deeply thank Pacino and his magnificent crew for taking us on this journey. Keep an eye out for the beggar who - in an unprecedented and most sincere way - tells us how Shakespeare lets us in on the secret how life is supposed to be lived and then walks off-camera and asks a businessman for a penny. 10 out of 10. And thank you.


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