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Richard III 1995 15

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Loncraine

In one of the most bold and imaginative adaptations of Shakespeare to reach the screen, the 16th-century drama is relocated to imagined 1930s fascist Britain, with Ian McKellen’s vicious performance presenting the sheer embodiment of evil.

Co-written by McKellen with director Richard Loncraine, the reworking is notable for the detail applied to its vision of alternate reality, in which British history is intermingled with Nazi iconography and famous London landmarks are reimagined - or occasionally even relocated (Battersea Power Station is transplanted to the Kentish coast).

With an all-star cast including Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas and Maggie Smith, this is stunningly cinematic translation of the powerful National Theatre production upon which it’s based; but it’s McKellen’s transfixing performance that captures its black heart.

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Directed by

Richard Loncraine

Featuring

Maggie Smith

Kristin Scott Thomas

Nigel Hawthorne

Robert Downey Jr

Jim Broadbent

Annette Bening

Ian McKellen

Genres

Drama

Tags

Richard III (1452-1485)

Collection

Shakespeare on Film Best of BAFTA

Certificate

15

Released

1995

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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