Richard III (1995) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.4/ 10 (8869 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for violence and sexuality

Production Company
Bayly/Paré Productions
British Screen [gb] - (participation)
First Look International [us] - (in association with)
Mayfair Entertainment International [gb] - (presents)
United Artists Pictures [us] - (in association with)

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(Brazil) - 20 August 1995
(USA) - 29 December 1995
(Canada) - 19 January 1996
(Germany) - 14 March 1996
(Spain) - 22 April 1996

Running Time

What Is Worth Dying For... Is Worth Killing For. I can smile, and murder while I smile Power Conquers All ...I am determined to prove a villain, and hate the idle pleasures of these days...

1930s, ambition, assassination, based-on-play, breaking-the-fourth-wall, british-royal-family, character-name-in-title, cripple, dead-woman, dead-woman-on-bed, dead-woman-with-eyes-open, death-of-king, death-of-title-character, england, haunted-by-own-murder-victim, hunchback, king, king-of-england, king-richard-iii, london-england, mistrust-of-husband, modern-day-adaptation, murder, number-in-title, power,

Technical Support
CAM:Cameras and Lenses by JDC
MET:2906 m
OFM:35 mm
PCS:Super 35
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Antrobus, David as [2nd Subaltern] <29>
  2. Bowen, Christopher (I) as [Prince Edward] <22>
  3. Broadbent, Jim as [Duke of Buckingham] <3>
  4. Carter, Jim (I) as [Lord William Hastings] <9>
  5. Downey Jr., Robert as [Lord Rivers] <4>
  6. Dreyfus, James as [1st Subaltern] <27>
  7. Dunbar, Adrian as [James Tyrell] <11>
  8. Gilmore, Ryan as [George Stanley] <18>
  9. Groom, Matthew (I) as [Richard of York] <23>
  10. Hammond, Roger (I) as [Archbishop Thomas] <13>
  11. Hardwicke, Edward as [Lord Thomas Stanley] <10>
  12. Hawthorne, Nigel as [George, Duke of Clarence] <5>
  13. Jewesbury, Edward as [King Henry VI] <21>
  14. Lill, Denis as [Lord Mayor] <17>
  15. Lyons, Derek as (uncredited) [Ballroom Dancer]
  16. McInnerny, Tim as [Sir William Catesby] <14>
  17. McKellen, Ian as [Richard III] <1>
  18. Paterson, Bill (I) as [Sir Richard Ratcliffe] <16>
  19. Purchase, Bruce as [City Gentleman] <26>
  20. Rashleigh, Andy as [Jailer in Tower] <19>
  21. Sumpter, Donald as [Brackenbury] <25>
  22. West, Dominic as [Earl of Richmond] <12>
  23. Williamson, Marco as [Prince of Wales] <20>
  24. Wood, John (I) as [King Edward IV] <7>
  25. Bening, Annette as [Queen Elizabeth, wife of Edward IV] <2>
  26. Hanley, Tres as [Rivers' Mistress] <12>
  27. Kent, Stacey (I) as [Ballroom Singer] <15>
  28. Mora, Madeleine as (uncredited) [Dream Angel]
  29. Scott Thomas, Kristin as [Lady Anne] <6>
  30. Smith, Maggie (I) as [Duchess of York] <8>
  31. Steavenson-Payne, Kate as [Princess Elizabeth] <24>


  1. Drama
  2. War

Full Plot

William Shakespeare's classic play is brought into the present with the setting as Great Britian in the 1930s. Civil war has erupted with the House of Lancaster on one side, claiming the right to the British throne and hoping to bring freedom to the country. Opposing is the House of York, commanded by the infamous Richard who rules over a fascist government and hopes to install himself as a dictator monarch. Anthony Hughes Based upon the famous National Theatre production Shakespeare's story of Richard III is set in a mythical fascist London of the 1930s. Richard seeks to gain the throne from his elder brother, Edward, by any means within his grasp including murder, marriage, and fratricide. But aside from Edward, his other brother (Clarence) and Edward's two young sons also stand between Richard and the crown of England. Kathy Li This film adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play is set into a hypothetical 1930's Europe. As sneering, leering Richard of Gloucester's ruthless machinations bring him ever nearer the throne of England, royal blood is mercilessly spilt. Finally, only one foe remains to challenge his grasping claim--valiant Richmond! Will he prevail? Heavy Nazi-like pageantry and iconography color this modern adaptation of a classic Shakespearean History. Tad Dibbern Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 42,164 (Netherlands) (31 December 1997) AD: 41,124 (Netherlands) (1 January 1997) BT: GBP 6,000,000 GR: USD 2,600,000 (USA) GR: GBP 403,233 (UK) (19 May 1996) GR: GBP 400,000 (UK) GR: AUD 1,275,825 (Australia)

Movie Certificate

14 (Iceland)
16 (Iceland)(video rating)
18 (South Korea)
13 (Argentina)
14 (Peru)
M (Australia)
K-14 (Finland)
16 (Germany)
M/16 (Portugal)
18 (Spain)
15 (Sweden)
15 (UK)
PG (Singapore)

Music Composers

  1. Jones, Trevor (I)


  1. Biziou, Peter

Dress Designers

  1. Harwood, Shuna


Aquarius TV [gr] - (2008) (Greece) (TV)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1996) (Argentina) (VHS)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1998) (Argentina) (DVD)
Bac Films [fr] - (1996) (France) (theatrical)
Filmayer [es] - (Spain)
MGM Home Entertainment [us] - (2009) (USA) (DVD) (The Robert Downey, Jr. Star Collection)
Nea Kinisi Video - (1998) (Greece) (VHS)
Rizzoli Corriere della Sera Home Video (RCS) [it] - (Italy) (VHS)
United Artists [us]
Video Quattro [gr] - (1998) (Greece) (video)

Film Editors

  1. Green, Paul (I)


  1. Apodiacos, Maria (script supervisor)
  2. Athaide, Anushka (assistant to producer)
  3. Bedford-Stradling, Rosie (unit nurse)
  4. Bensly, Erica (production coordinator)
  5. Bodycomb, Charles (armorer)
  6. Bol, Etienne (consultant: aviation)
  7. Booth, Sarah (I) (assistant accountant)
  8. Bunker, Jon (title designer) (uncredited)
  9. Clarke, Dale (I) (armorer)
  10. Dent, Steve (I) (horse master)
  11. Eyre, Richard (original stage production)
  12. Fraser, Simon (I) (assistant production coordinator)
  13. Hennigan, Andy (post-production accountant)
  14. Hubbard, Charles (I) (location manager)
  15. Jack, Andrew (dialogue coach)
  16. Johnson, Patricia (V) (unit publicist)
  17. Kimpton, Mig (assistant: Mr. Mckellen)
  18. Marmion, Grainne (production executive)
  19. Mcdonald, Charles (IV) (unit publicist)
  20. Moore, Caroline (I) (production assistant)
  21. Morphew, Steve (stand-in)
  22. Patel, Rajeshree (assistant accountant)
  23. Phillips, Huw (rushes grader)
  24. Price, Timothy R. (production assistant)
  25. Prins, François (consultant: aviation)
  26. Richards, Adam (I) (co-location manager)
  27. Skottowe, Jocelyn (military advisor)
  28. Skottowe, Joss (military advisor)
  29. Somers, Charlie (floor runner)
  30. Stanton, Tony (copyist)
  31. Stokes, Emma (I) (stand-in)
  32. Todd, Phil (sax and flute solo)
  33. Whitfield, Ken (military extras supplier)


Richard: [to the Duke of Buckingham] I am not in the giving vein today. Richard: Why, I can smile... And murder while I smile! Richard III: Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York. Lady Anne: No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. Richard III: But I know none, and therefore am no beast. Queen Elizabeth: I have no more sons of the royal blood for you to slaughter. Richard III: You have a daughter. Richard III: [to the camera] Plots have I laid. Richard III: Madam, mother, I do humbly crave your blessing. Duchess of York: God comfort you; and put meekness in your breast, love, charity, obedience and true duty! Richard III: Amen; [aside] Richard III: and make me die a good old man! That is the butt-end of a mother's blessing. Richard: [to the camera] I'll have her, but I'll not keep her long. Richard: [to the Duke of Buckingham] Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead. Queen Elizabeth: Shall I be tempted by the devil thus? Richard III: Yes, if the devil tempt you to do good. Richard III: [to the camera] I am not made of stone. Queen Elizabeth: [to Richard III] Tell me, thou villain slave! [screams] Queen Elizabeth: Where are my children? Queen Elizabeth: No doubt the murderous knife was dull before it was whetted on your stone-hard heart. Queen Elizabeth: But you did kill my children. Richard III: But in your daughter's womb, I bury them: Where, in that nest of spicery, they will breed. [his last words] Duke of Buckingham: Made I him king for this? [Tyrell garrotes him] Richard III: Conscience is but a word cowards use. Richard III: A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! Duchess of York: Are you my son? Richard: Yes. I thank God, my father, and yourself. Duke of Buckingham: My Lord protector, what should we do if we perceive Hastings will not yield to our plans? Richard: Chop off his head. [first lines] Prince of Wales: Goodnight Father. King Henry: Goodnight son. Prince of Wales: Goodnight your majesty. George, Duke of Clarence: I will send you to my brother Richard, who shall reward you better for my life than will the King for tidings of my death. James Tyrell, Richard's Chief Henchman: You are deceived. Your brother Richard hates you. George, Duke of Clarence: Oh, you are wrong. He loves me, and he holds me dear: Go you to him. Tell him that, he will weep. Lord William Hastings, Prime Minister: If she hath done this deed, my lord... Richard III: If! Thou protector of this damned strumpet, talk'st thou to me of if? Thou art a traitor! Off with his head. By St Paul I shall not dine until I see the same. Those who love me stand and follow me! James Tyrell, Richard's Chief Henchman: [to Hastings] His grace would have dinner. Young Prince: I shall not sleep in quiet at the tower. Richard III: Why? What should you fear? Young Prince: My Uncle Clarence's angry ghost: My grandma told me he was murdered there. Prince Edward: I fear no Uncles dead. Richard III: Nor none who live, I hope. Duchess of York: [to Richard III] You came on earth to make the earth my hell. Richard III: [to the camera] Simple, plain Clarence! I do love you so, that I shall shortly send your soul to heaven. If heaven will take the present from my hands. Queen Elizabeth: [to Richard III] You envy my advancement and my family: God grant we never may have need of you! Queen Elizabeth: The King is sickly, weak and melancholy. Lord Rivers: Have patience, sister: There's no doubt his Majesty will soon recover his accustom'd health. Queen Elizabeth: But his physicians fear for him mightily. If he were dead, what would become of me? Lady Anne: [to Richard III] Did you not kill my husband? Richard III: [to Lady Anne] Your beauty which did haunt me in my sleep could make me undertake the death of all the world. Lord Rivers: To whom in all this presence speaks your grace? Richard III: To you, who have neither honesty, nor Grace. Queen Elizabeth: Edward, my Lord, your son, our King, is dead. Queen Elizabeth: I see the ruin of my family. Duke of Buckingham: [to Richard III] Know then, it is your fault that you refuse the supreme seat, the throne majestical. We heartily solicit you take on the kingly government of this your land. Not as Lord protector, but from blood to blood, your right of birth, your empery, your own. Duke of Buckingham: Long live, King Richard! Duchess of York: [to Richard III] To war take with you my most gravest curse! My prayers shall on Richard's party fight. Bloody you are! Bloody will be your end! Shame serves your life and will your death attend. [last lines] Richard III: Let us to't pell-mell, if not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell.

Other Titles

  1. Riccardo III (1995) (ENG)

  2. Riccardo III (1995) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Battersea Power Station, Battersea, London, England, UK - (final scenes)
  2. Brighton Pavilion, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK - (King Edward's country retreat)
  3. County Hall, South Bank, Lambeth, London, England, UK - (interiors: Tower of London)
  4. Debenham House, Addison Road, Holland Park, London, England, UK
  5. Earl's Court, London, England, UK - (Richard's rally)
  6. Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, England, UK - (breakfast scene)
  7. London, England, UK
  8. Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, England, UK
  9. Senate House, University College London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK - (interiors: Richard's headquarters)
  10. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  11. Shoreham Airport, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, UK
  12. St. Cuthbert's Church, Earl's Court, London, England, UK - (palace ballroom)
  13. St. Pancras Chambers, St. Pancras Station, St. Pancras, London, England, UK - (exteriors: Edward's Palace)
  14. Steamtown Railway Museum, Carnforth, Lancashire, England, UK - (Richard III's military headquarters)
  15. Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK - (royal bathroom)
  16. Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
  17. Tate Modern, Bankside, Southwark, London, England, UK - (The Tower of London) (was Bankside Power Station)


- 'Ian McKellen' (qv) wrote the screenplay while touring the play. Originally he thought it would be a television production, but he soon realized that the large production he envisaged would require the budget of a feature film. Still on tour, he began to consider screen actors he met for roles in the film, including 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv), 'Danny DeVito' (qv), and 'Meryl Streep' (qv).

- 'Alex Cox (I)' (qv) was assigned to direct the film at one stage.

- 'Ian McKellen' (qv) enjoyed acting with 'Robert Downey Jr.' (qv) in _Restoration (1995)_ (qv), and asked him to play the part of Rivers, expecting him to turn the role down as too small. To McKellen's surprise, Downey immediately cleared his diary and and took the part.

- The initials on the band's music stands are "WS", for 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv).

- The lyrics to the opening song ("Live With Me and Be My Love") are from a pastoral poem by 'Christopher Marlowe (I)' (qv).

- Tyrell ('Adrian Dunbar' (qv)) was not scripted to hand the apple to Richard ('Ian McKellen' (qv)) in the stable, but improvised it on the spot. McKellen took the hint and pelted the apple (supposedly at the pig).

- The scenes of the