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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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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

All the actors that appear in the film, all worked for scale in which at one point Alec Baldwin jokingly admitted during the film "Here I am working for forty bucks a day and have all the donuts you can eat". 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

Al Pacino: A person has an opinion. It's only an opinion. It's never a question of right or wrong.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1997 (1997) See more »

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a fine film that brings Shakespeare a living edge
6 May 2005 | by rustydogSee all my reviews

This film has fascinated me ever since I first happened upon it in the library of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. By a happy coincidence, I also checked out Ian McKellen's quite excellent "Richard III" on the same day and spent most of the afternoon viewing and comparing the two.

It all works: the performances, the interviews, the clowning around on the set. I thought Spacey was wooden, but Baldwin . . . wow . . . who would have expected such a performance.

Highly recommended for anyone who reads and thinks.

Rusty


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