Richard III (1956)




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Laurence Olivier was the director, co-screenwriter (with Alan Dent), and star of this robust adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, which, as Bruce Eder has written, "was the final, crowning glory of the British studio system and the end of the great cycle of British films aimed at international audiences." Olivier begins his Richard III with Edward IV (Cedric Hardwicke) being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard (Laurence Olivier) jealously views the proceedings and begins to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Shakespeare, Colley Cibber
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On DVD: Feb 24, 2004
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Richard III

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Laurence Olivier's classic rendition (1956) of Shakespeare's total villain contains one of his most engaging performances and reveals some of his best spatial manipulation of action.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It becomes almost laughable when it tries to transcend its own timidity in the dramatic climaxes.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The quality of production was superb, and a viewer had a true sense of pageantry and court grandeur.

Full Review… | March 17, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Director and star Sir Laurence Olivier doesn't shy away from center stage in this adaptation... nor would any sane person want him to.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Movie Metropolis

The conception and execution of this film is not as bold as Henry V or Hamlet (also by Olivier), but the cast, headed by Olivier as the malevolent hunchbacked monarch, Gielgud and Richardson, is superb.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011

Audience Reviews for Richard III


Shakespeare, a.k.a. Mr. Wordy, takes a lot of time to say what he means. Thus it is no wonder that this version of Richard III is Tedium 101. Sure, it's a faithful rendition, but Olivier does very little to spice this up a bit. The final scene was laughable. The 1995 version with Ian McKellen is a much more accessible version for the modern audience.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Really fantastic version of Richard III, but if you are not familiar with the play this version is a little hard to follow.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Although the depictions of Richard III could perhaps have been overplayed over the years, no one revels in the stereotype like Laurence Olivier delivering a deliciously manipulating Richard.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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