- Original title
- Running time
- 161 min.
- United Kingdom
Laurence Olivier (Theater: William Shakespeare)
Drama | Historical. 15th Century
- Movie Groups
Shakespeare: Richard III
- Synopsis / Plot
- The third and final entry in Laurence Olivier's Shakespeare triptych, Richard III (1954) is an audacious portrait of a man determined to prove himself a villain. As the personification of evil impudence, Olivier portrays the Duke of Gloucester with such aplomb that he brings the audience onto his side. This is true even as Richard engineers plots to murder his brother Clarence (John Gielgud), betray his cousin Buckingham (Ralph Richardson), and seduce his niece Lady Anne (Claire Bloom). From the play's famous opening lines ("Now is the winter of our discontent"), Olivier delivers every speech with truly Machiavellian splendor, and his superb staging of the climactic battle rivals his work on Henry V.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
: Golden Globes: Best English-Language Foreign Film
: BAFTA Awards: Best Film, British Film and British Actor (Laurence Olivier)
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Laurence Olivier) and Production
: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Language Films
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (L. Olivier)
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