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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Herself / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald ... Himself / Dorset
Madison Arnold ... Himself / Rivers
... Himself / Grey
... Himself / King Edward
... Himself / Duke of Clarence
... Himself / Richard III
Timmy Prairie ... Young Edward V
Landon Prairie ... Prince Richard
... Himself / William, Lord Hastings
... Himself / Lord Stanley
... Himself / Earl of Buckingham
... Margaret
... Herself / Lady Anne
Phil Parolisi ... Halberd / Messenger
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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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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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11 October 1996 (USA)  »

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En busca de Ricardo III  »

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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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Trivia

While making this documentary, Al Pacino had amassed some 80-plus hours of footage and it took six editors to cut it down to the film's theatrical length. 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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Great Great Great
27 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Who would have thought that an Italian from New York City could play Richard the 3rd. ? Al Pacino is marvellous as he searches the stage and beyond for the true Richard the 3rd. Kevin Spacey, Winonna Ryder, and Alex Baldwin are just some who join him in the journey as he wonders the streets of New York and London for the true love of Shakespeare.


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