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Year
1955
Runtime
161 min.
Director
Laurence Olivier
Genres
Drama, War, Biography, History
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
3,579
Checks
1,152
Favs
34
Dislikes
14
Favs/checks
3.0% (1:34)
Favs/dislikes
2:1
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  1. maladjustedmusician's avatar

    maladjustedmusician

    A strange adaptation, worth watching perhaps only if you are familiar with the source material and longing to see Olivier’s genuinely great performance. If this is your first time seeing Richard III, opt instead for the 1995 version with Ian McKellen. 2 years 8 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I was disappointed. Not with Richard himself, which is played with unusual humor and bouts of real psychosis. I wasn't even that disturbed by Olivier's usual restructurings (he cuts well-known scenes, re-edits scene placement and even adds lines from a different version of the play). I think what put me off, mostly, was the look of the picture. Its Technicolor vibrancy and beautiful sets and locations give the story the feel of a fairy tale, which Richard III definitely is not. Yes, there's some intriguing work done with following characters' shadows, but I find the production design and cinematography at odds with the material. And though it seems Claire Bloom gets rave reviews about her Princess Anne, I can't believe the character's motivation. Olivier makes her desperately fall in love with his Richard over the corpse of her husband... it plays less well than a woman who now needs protection at court, in my opinion. She's good in that context, but I don't like the context. All the actors are fine, and my heart skipped at seeing Patrick Troughton as Tyrell, but I do find fault in Olivier's use of John Gielgud as Clarence. When you have an actor of that caliber, why would you so savagely cut half his scenes? Overall, a good film, but weaker than Olivier's Richard III or Hamlet (not coincidentally, it's the weaker play as well). 9 years ago
  3. Louise_Dietrich's avatar

    Louise_Dietrich

    This is nowhere near as great as Olivier's Hamlet. 11 years 4 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #9 in BAFTA Award - Best British Film
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  3. This movie ranks #240 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  6. This movie ranks #716 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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