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The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016)




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Three filmed adaptations of Shakespeare's first tetralogy ("Henry VI, Part I", "Henry VI, Part II", "Henry VI, Part III" and "Richard III"). The three plays of "Henry VI" are presented in two parts.


Ben Daniels
as Buckingham
Hugh Bonneville
as Gloucester
Adrian Dunbar
as Plantagenet
James Fleet
as Hastings
Keeley Hawes
as Queen Elizabeth
Judi Dench
as Cecily
Ben Miles
as Somerset
John A. MacKay
as Brakenbury
Alan David
as Bishop of Ely
Andrew Scott
as King Louis
Kyle Soller
as Clifford
Samuel West
as Bishop of Winchester
Lucy Robinson
as Young Cecily
Tom Beard
as Sir William Lucy
Josef Altin
as Murderer II
Isaac Andrews
as Prince Richard
Max Bennett
as John Talbot
Sean Cernow
as Murderer
Paul Bazely
as Catesby
Pandora Colin
as Joan's Mother
Geoff Bell
as Murderer I
Al Weaver
as Rivers
Robert Bowman
as Mayor of London
Simon Armstrong
as Grieving Father
Jamie Ballard
as Grieving Son
Keith Dunphy
as Ratcliffe
Mariah Gale
as Lady Bona
Simon Ginty
as George Stanley
Christopher Godwin
as Shepherd II
David Troughton
as Young Cecily
Tom Godwin
as Shepherd I
Madison Lygo
as Princess Elizabeth
Richard Lynch
as Westmorland
Caspar Morley
as Prince Edward
Jordan McCurrach
as Young Soldier
Penny Ryder
as Lady-in-Waiting
Sid Sagar
as Torch Bearer
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Critic Reviews for The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Rather than downplay his natural magnetism, Cumberbatch emphasizes it, charming the audience by talking directly to the camera, just like Kevin Spacey does in House of Cards.

December 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What Cooke captures is the scope, the daring and the savage headlong rush of the poet's imagination, and that's not to be scoffed at.

May 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If the prose and plotting is easy to follow, it's partly because the actors are so good at bringing the meanings of their lines to emotional life.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

It's the real-life version of Game of Thrones, and it's just as good, if not better.

January 4, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The experience is not like watching a play on screen, as Dominic Cooke has directed each part with a clear vision of filmic aesthetics, and along with that, a ghastly amount of violence.

December 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Hollow Crown doesn't just bring Shakespeare's words to life, it sets them on fire and lets them howl to the moon.

December 8, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

The Henry VI triad is often thought to be some of the Bard's weakest work. By compressing it into 2 plays rather than 3, the creators of this trio of films have accomplished a fantastic transformation. It's great cinema, and great Shakespeare. It's rare that I can recommend something with no criticism. I can and do so here.


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