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[[Performer~P100088~Richard Loncraine~richardloncraine]] takes [[Performer~P314726~Shakespeare~williamshakespeare]]'s classic tale of treachery, Richard III, and transplants it to the 1930s. [[Performer~P47684~Ian McKellen~ianmckellen]] is Richard who, as the film opens, begins plotting against his brother Edward, who has just ascended to the throne after a bloody civil war. Richard begins by seducing and wedding Lady Anne ([[Performer~P64027~Kristin Scott Thomas~kristinscottthomas]]), whom he made a widow during the war. With the help of some loyal henchmen, Richard succeeds in murdering his older brother Clarence ([[Performer~P31147~Nigel Hawthorne~nigelhawthorne]]), which so upsets Edward that he dies. Eventually, the crown falls to the young Prince of Wales ([[Performer~P364180~Marc Williamson~marcwilliamson]]). Richard is assigned to be the young king's protector, but instead, he has the boy and his brother jailed in the Tower of London. Richard seizes control over the country, but his ruthless quest for power eventually makes him powerful enemies, led by Henry Richman ([[Performer~P200983~Dominic West~dominicwest]]), who attempt to stop him. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:December 29, 1995


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shuna Harwood Best Costume Design 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Burrough Best Art Direction 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ian McKellen Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1995 Nominee
European Film Academy Ian McKellen Best Actor 1996 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Richard Loncraine Silver Bear for Best Director 1996 Winner


Ian McKellen
as Richard III
Annette Bening
as Queen Elizabeth
Jim Broadbent
as Buckingham
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Earl Rivers
Nigel Hawthorne
as Clarence
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Lady Anne
Jim Carter
as Hastings
Edward Hardwicke
as Stanley
Bruce Purchase
as City Gentleman
Dominic West
as Henry Richmond
Donald Sumpter
as Brackenbury
Edward Jewesbury
as King Henry
Andy Rashleigh
as Jailer
Kate Steavenson-Payne
as Princess Elizabeth
Matthew Groom
as Prince James
Adrian Dunbar
as James Tyrell
Michael Elphick
as NCO
Roger Hammond
as Archbishop
Ryan Gilmore
as George Stanley
Tim McInnerny
as Catesby
Tres Hanley
as Miss Pan-Am
Bill Paterson
as Ratcliffe
John Wood
as Edward IV
Maggie Smith
as Duchess of York


Richard Loncraine
Stephen Bayly
David Lascelles
Ian McKellen
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Richard Loncraine
Peter Biziou
Trevor Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Burrough
Production Designer
Richard Bridgland
Art Director
Michele Tandy
Associate Producer
Mary Richards
Associate Producer
Joe Simon
Executive Producer
Maria Apodiacos
Executive Producer
Ian McKellen
Executive Producer
Ellen Dinerman Little
Executive Producer
Shuna Harwood
Costume Designer
Ken Tuohy
First Assistant Director
Nick Hobbs
Irene Lamb
Jim Dowdall
Stunts Coordinator
Kathy Ducker

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