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Cedric Hardwicke Cedric Hardwicke
King Edward IV of England
Nicholas Hannen Nicholas Hannen
Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier
Richard III
Ralph Richardson Ralph Richardson
Duke of Buckingham
John Gielgud John Gielgud
George, Duke of Clarence
Mary Kerridge Mary Kerridge
Queen Elizabeth
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown
Jane Shore
Paul Huson Paul Huson
Edward, Prince of Wales

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A weaker film than Olivier's Henry V and Hamlet, but at least we have the evil Richard that the current Ricardian propagandists want made a saint. "Foul devil, for God's sake, hence, and trouble us not; For thou hast made the happy earth thy hell, Fill'd it with cursing cries and deep exclaims. .. Either heaven with lightning strike the murderer dead, Or earth, gape open wide and eat him quick."

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4 years, 10 months ago at Jan 7 22:41
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Laurence Olivier directed three Shakespearean adaptations, and having seen two-thirds of them I think I can safely assume that this one is the weakest of the bunch. This version of Richard III is well acted from top to bottom and has nice production values, but there’s no point-of-view. It’s almost as if Olivier grabbed a camera crew, the Royal Shakespearean Company, threw some sets together a... read more
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The deformed Richrd of Gloucester cuts a bloody path to the throne in Shakespeare's historical tragedy. Determined to seize the French throne from his brother Edward IV, he rouses Edward's hatred from their brother Clarence, who is arrested and murdered while imprisoned. The cunning Richard woos Anne, widow of Henry VI's son whose death he has arranged. Following the death of the king from natural causes, Richard has the little princes murdered in the Tower. The vicious Gloucester removes all who stand between him and the crown. Henry of Richmond raises a army against Richard, drawing supporters from all over England.
Release date: 11 March 1956
UPC: 037429126721
Tags: 1955 (6), Shakespeare (5), History (4), Drama (4), British (3), Play (3), War (2), 1950s (2), Classic (2), Historical (1), Based On A Play (1), Period Drama (1), Netflix (1), Great Britain (1), Feb 07 (1), 11 (1), Michael Gough (1), Stage Play (1), HQ (1), Tragedy (1)
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"When: October 6th First-Time Viewing: Yes. How: DVD from the library. What'd I Think?: Grand scope, excellent performances, make this an excellent Shakespeare adaptation. My Rating: 9/10 Other Notes: NA. "

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" Laurence Olivier do a tour de force as both Richard III and as a visual director with this beautiful Technicolor Shakespeare drama topped with quality support. "

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“A weaker film than Olivier's Henry V and Hamlet, but at least we have the evil Richard that the current Ricardian propagandists want made a saint. "Fo”