The Tragedy of Richard III  

The Tragedy of Richard III (1983)

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Richard Duke of Gloucester, youngest brother of King Edward IV, will stop at nothing to get the crown. He first convinces the ailing King that the Duke of Clarence, his elder brother, is a threat to the lives of Edward's two young sons. Edward has him imprisoned in the Tower of London; killers in Richard's pay then drown Clarence in a barrel of wine. When news of Clarence's death reaches the King, the subsequent grief and remorse bring about his death. Richard is made Lord Protector, with power to rule England while his nephew (now King Edward V) is still a minor. Before the young king's coronation he has his two nephews conveyed to the Tower, ostensibly for their safekeeping. Richard's accomplice, the Duke of Buckingham, then declares the two boys illegitimate and offers Richard the crown, which after a show of reticence he accepts. After Richard's coronation, he and Buckingham have a falling-out over whether or not to assassinate the two children.

Director: Jane Howell

Release Date: 1983-01-23
Status: Released
Run time: 230 min / 3:50
Release Date: 1983-01-23
Status: Released
Run time: 230 min / 3:50

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Ron Cook
as Richard III
Peter Benson
as King Henry VI
Michael Byrne
as Duke of Buckingham
Julia Foster
as Queen Margaret
Bernard Hill
as Sir William Brandon
Zoë Wanamaker
as Lady Anne
Mark Wing-Davey
as Sir James Tyrrel
Brian Protheroe
as King Edward IV


Writing William Shakespeare Author
Directing Jane Howell Director

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  • The final play in Shakespeare's masterly dramatization of the strife between the Houses of York and Lancaster, Richard III offers a stunning portrait of an archvillain — a man of cunning and ruthless ambition who seduces, betrays and murders his way to the throne. In the process, Richard delivers ...

  • Richard III is a 1955 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's historical play of the same name, also incorporating elements from his Henry VI, Part 3.It was directed and produced by Sir Laurence Olivier, who also played the lead role.Featuring many noted Shakespearean actors, including a quartet of actors who later became knights, the film depicts Richard plotting and ...

  • Richard III is a 1995 British drama film adapted from William Shakespeare's play of the same name, starring Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, John Wood, and Dominic West.The film sets the play in 1930s Britain with Richard as a fascist sympathiser plotting to usurp the throne.

  • Though Shakespeare called him “that foul, bunch-back’d toad,” Richard III probably just had scoliosis.Or so archaeologists who have examined the real king’s recently discovered skeleton conclude.. Luckily, Shakespeare was a poet, not an osteopath.

  • With Richard III, Laurence Olivier--as director, producer, and star--transfigures Shakespeare's great historical drama into a mesmerizing vision of Machiavellian villainy.

  • It is commonly asserted that Richard’s was a difficult birth, yet the evidence for this is highly dubious. The first suggestion occurs in the work of the Warwickshire antiquary John Rous who famously wrote a glowing report of Richard during the king’s lifetime and then a vitriolic attack shortly after Richard’s death.

  • Dr Turi King of the University of Leicester said that there was a DNA match between the maternal line of a descendant of the family of Richard III and the remains found beneath Grey Friars car park.

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