Amid the Wars of the Roses in England, ruling monarch Edward IV's lame, misshapen brother Richard schemes to ascend the throne. Richard turns the king against their other brother, the Duke of Clarence, who is imprisoned for treason, then arranges for Clarence's murder. He then woos the Lady Anne, determined to wed her to increase his influence. When Edward finally dies, Richard plots the murders of the young heir apparent and his brother--his own nephews. His machinations accelerate and murder piles atop murder as Richard succeeds in taking the throne--and desperately tries to hold it. Laurence Olivier's classic protrayal of the ambitious, calculating man reveals both his wickedness and his unshakable strength. The lush photography and widescreen format do the elaborate battle scenes justice.
Ralph Richardson - British Actor
Sir Ralph Richardson - British Actor
Cedric Hardwicke - British actor,THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE.../THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Sir Cedric Hardwicke - British actor,THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE.../THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Cedric Webster Hardwicke - British actor,THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE.../THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
William Shakespeare - Sixteenth century English playwright/poet
John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Sir John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Arthur John Gielgud - British Actor/Author, ARTHUR (1981)
Laurence Olivier - Actor/Director/Producer, HAMLET (1948)
Sir Laurence Olivier - Actor/Director/Producer, HAMLET (1948)
Lord Laurence Olivier - Actor/Director/Producer, HAMLET (1948)
Claire Bloom - British Actress
Claire Blume - British Actress
In one of the finest roles of his illustrious career, Sir Laurence Olivier plays the part of Richard of Gloucester, the demented nobleman who schemed to ascend to the throne of England. Olivier also directed this marvelous film version of Shakespeare's play.
Shot in the Spanish countryside and at Shepperton Studios in England. During filming, Olivier took an arrow through the calf when a marksman missed his target. He finished the scene before calling for assistance. Shakespeare's brilliant play does take liberties with historical fact: It has never been conclusively proved that Richard III was either a hunchback or the murderer of the two young princes imprisoned in the tower. The king who unseated Richard III was Henry VII--the grandfather of Elizabeth I, the ruling queen during Shakespeare's lifetime. It would have been to his political advantage to paint Richard in as bad a light as possible.... Olivier was knighted in 1947, made a peer of the realm in 1970, and in 1971 was given a seat in the House of Lords.
"...[A] cult reputation....Olivier's directorial decisions are intriguing..." -- Rating: B+ - 07/08/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.63
"...[Olivier's] greatest Shakespearean movie..." - 07/08/1994 USA Today, p.3D
"[Olivier] revels in his eloquence yet remains deliciously wicked." - 03/05/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.54
"With its stylized medieval sets and vivid Technicolor, this 1955 film stands out as the strangest and most imaginative of director-star Laurence Olivier's three great Shakespeare adaptations..." - 05/01/2004 Premiere, p.102