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Richard III (1995)

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Critic Consensus: This re-imagining of Shakespeare's Crookback King relocates the story in 1930 and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard.

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This innovative, fast-paced, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's classic work transposes the setting to an imaginary Nazi-like 1930s England. Ian McKellan is mesmerizing as the ruthlessly ambitious Richard, who rises to power by having anyone standing in has way murdered, including his own brother and the young children of his predecessor.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
United Artists

Cast

Ian McKellen
as Richard III
Annette Bening
as Queen Elizabeth
Jim Broadbent
as Buckingham
Robert Downey Jr.
as Earl Rivers
Nigel Hawthorne
as Clarence
Maggie Smith
as Duchess of York
John Wood
as Edward IV
Jim Carter
as Lord Hastings
Bill Paterson
as Richard Ratcliffe
Adrian Dunbar
as Corporal James Tyrell
Edward Jewesbury
as King Henry
Christopher Bowen
as Prince Edward
Marco Williamson
as Prince of Wales
Kate Steavenson-Payne
as Princess Elizabeth
Dominic West
as Richmond
Tim McInnerny
as Catesby
Dennis Lill
as Lord Mayor
Dennis Lili
as Lord Mayor
Ryan Gilmore
as George Stanley
Donald Sumpter
as Brackenbury
Roger Hammond
as Archbishop
Tres Hanley
as Air Hostess
Stacey Kent
as Ballroom Singer
Matthew Groom
as Prince James
Bruce Purchase
as City Gentleman
James Dreyfus
as 1st Subaltern
Marc Williamson
as Prince Of Wales
David Antrobus
as 2nd Subaltern
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Critic Reviews for Richard III

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14)

Rarely has a film used London's landmarks so cannily.

Full Review… | April 26, 2016
Time Out
Top Critic

A sure-fire crowd-pleaser among recent Shakespeare movies.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

In a shamelessly entertaining display of acting brilliance, McKellen 'plays' the demon's good arm as if it were a Stradivarius, executing one showy stunt after another.

February 27, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

This triumphant take on the Crookback king is as different from Olivier's '50s historical pageant as chalk is from malmsey.

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

It is all in the grand manner of Shakespearean tragedies.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This is Shakespeare exciting enough for even the most dubious, which, after all, is no less than the man deserves.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Richard III

Ian McKellen is Mesmerizing in this performance. The modernized setting and story-telling are a bit off-putting.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Ian McKellan was magnificent as usual. Annette Bening was magic. Jim Broadbent was incredible. Maggie Smith was brief, but fantastic. Robert Downey Jr. was confusing.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

Richard III like you've never seen it before! Ian McKellen was amazing in this as he embodies the evilness of Richard III. Inventive and ruthless, this version cuts much of the dialogue in the play which makes it much more bearable than Olivier's 1995 snore-fest. Even if you're not fond of nor familiar with Shakespeare, you'll find this movie pretty enjoyable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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