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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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 11, 1956


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Laurence Olivier Best Film - Any Source 1955 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Laurence Olivier Best British Actor 1955 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Laurence Olivier Best Actor 1956 Nominee


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


Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Colley Cibber
Alan Dent
Otto Heller
William Walton
Composer (Music Score)
Muir Mathieson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roger Furse
Production Designer
Carmen Dillon
Art Director
Alexander Korda
Wally Veevers
Special Effects
Tony Sforzini