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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 pick off those obstructing his pathway to the throne. Eventually, Richard becomes king and, after proceeding with a succession of intrigues and duplicities, he finds his kingdom in dire peril, set upon by Henry Tudor (Stanley Baker) and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/02/2013
UPC: 0715515104616
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:38:00
Sales rank: 5,941

Special Features

*New high-definition digital master of the Film Foundation's 2012 restoration
*Audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders
*Interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of Great Acting
*Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters
*Twelve-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier and other cast
*PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cedric Hardwicke Edward Plantagenet (King Edward IV)
Laurence Olivier Richard III
John Gielgud George, Duke of Clarence
Nicholas Hannen Archbishop of Canterbury
Claire Bloom Lady Anne Neville
Ralph Richardson Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Alec Clunes Thomas, Lord Hastings
Stanley Baker Henry Tudor
Mary Kerridge Elizabeth Woodville (Queen Elizabeth)
Pamela Brown Jane Shore
Paul Huston Edward, Prince of Wales
Russell Thorndike First Priest
Norman Fisher Monk
Andrew Cruickshank Brankenbury
Clive Morton Antony Woodville, Earl Rivers
Dan Cunningham Grey
Douglas Wilmer Marquess of Dorset
Michael Gough Dighton
Michael Ripper 2nd murderer
Roy Russell Abbot
George Woodbridge Lord Mayor of London
Esmond Knight Sir Richard Ratcliffe
John Laurie Lord Lovell
Peter Williams Messenger to Hastings
Timothy Bateson Ostler
Willoughby Gray Priest
Ann Wilton Scrub woman
Bill Shine Beadle
Deering Wells Clergyman
Richard Bennett George Stanley
Patrick Troughton James Tyrell
Brian Nissen 1st Messenger
Alexander Davion 2nd Messenger
Lane Meddick 3rd Messenger
Robert Bishop Messenger
John Greenwood Knight
Bernard Hepton Actor
Laurence Naismith Thomas, Lord Stanley
John Phillips John Howard, Duke of Norfolk
Derek Prentice Clergyman
Norman Wooland Sir William Catesby
Helen Haye Queen Mother

Technical Credits
Laurence Olivier Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Colley Cibber Screenwriter
Helga Cranston Editor
Alan Dent Screenwriter
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Roger Furse Production Designer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Alexander Korda Co-producer
L&H Nathan Ltd. Costumes/Costume Designer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
H. Nathan Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Sforzini Makeup
Wally Veevers Special Effects
William Walton Score Composer

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Richard III 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sir Laurence Olivier's epic production of William Shakespeare's "Richard III" is a classic and his greatest masterpiece after his stunning version of "Hamlet" in 1948, which won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor...with good reason. Of course, Olivier had to cut the play, but he did it very well. I liked the way he intertwined Richard's opening monologue (one of the most famous in English literature) with parts of another monologue from "King Henry VI, Part III" (a less popular play but everything the Bard wrote-37 plays, 4 poems and 154 sonnets-is excellent). I highly recommend this version for English classes. This version is Not Rated. AVOID the 1995 modern "Remake" of this play. It is a waste of time and talent.
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Olivier's Masterpiece
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