Richard III
 
 

Directed by Richard Loncraine, UK 1995
104 mins. English dialogue

 
Summary:
 
This re-imagining of Shakespeare's 'Crookback King' relocates the story to the 1930s and features an indelible star turn for Ian McKellen as the monstrous and magnetic King Richard III. A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard descend into madness. He aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension - among them his brother (Nigel Hawthorne), his nephews and his brother's wife (Annette Bening). When the Duke of Buckingham (Jim Broadbent) deserts him, Richard's plans are compromised. One of the finest updatings of Shakespeare's works in recent years. Also starring Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West and Robert Downey Jr. Hugely entertaining.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"With a screenplay (co-written by McKellen) that crackles and spits like a roasting pig, it was clearly as much of a blast to make as it is to watch."  (Ali Catterall - Total Film)