Following 'Henry V' (1944) and 'Hamlet' (1948), this was the last of the three Shakespeare films in which Laurence Olivier took the title role in addition to serving as director, producer and writer. In this case, the title role is that of the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit.
2 Disc version includes Trial of Richard III Special Edition
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'.
Leading Role 1 Laurence Olivier
Director 1 Laurence Olivier
Leading Role 2 Cedric Hardwicke
Leading Role 3 Ralph Richardson
Additional Roles by John Gielgud, Claire Bloom
Release Format DVD
Release Year 2006
Additional Genre Historical
Running Time 160 minutes
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