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Looking for Richard (1996)

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III."


Al Pacino


William Shakespeare (play), Al Pacino (narration) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Allen ... Self / Queen Elizabeth
Gordon MacDonald Gordon MacDonald ... Self / Dorset
Madison Arnold ... Self / Rivers
Vincent Angell ... Self / Grey
Harris Yulin ... Self / King Edward
Alec Baldwin ... Self / Duke of Clarence
Al Pacino ... Self / Richard III
Timmy Prairie Timmy Prairie ... Young Edward V
Landon Prairie Landon Prairie ... Prince Richard
Kevin Conway ... Self / William, Lord Hastings
Larry Bryggman ... Self / Lord Stanley
Kevin Spacey ... Self / Earl of Buckingham
Estelle Parsons ... Margaret
Winona Ryder ... Self / Lady Anne
Phil Parolisi Phil Parolisi ... Halberd / Messenger


Director Al Pacino juxtaposes scenes from Richard III, scenes of rehearsals for Richard III, and sessions where parties involved discuss the play, the times that shaped the play, and the events that happened at the time the play is set. Interviews with mostly British actors are also included, attempting to explain why American actors have more problems performing Shakespearean plays than they do. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A four hundred year old work-in-progress.


Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


While he was putting the film together, Al Pacino showed the film for his friend Director Harold Becker as Pacino didn't know where to go with all the footage he had amassed. Becker responded with "Make the film four acts" and that's when Pacino began to lay out the structure towards the final version of the film. See more »


In discussion, Pacino and co. are studying the "*G* of Edward's heirs the murderer shall be," and decide, since it's supposed to refer to Clarence, that they'll change it to "'C" of Edward's heir's." The problem is, since characters in the play are referred to both by their name and by their title, the prophecy very deliberately refers to Richard, Duke of GLOUCESTER and GEORGE, Duke of Clarence. With "G" the prophecy is true. If you change it to "C" the prophecy becomes false, and can no longer refer to two people. See more »


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User Reviews

Great Great Great
27 March 2001 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Who would have thought that an Italian from New York City could play Richard the 3rd. ? Al Pacino is marvellous as he searches the stage and beyond for the true Richard the 3rd. Kevin Spacey, Winonna Ryder, and Alex Baldwin are just some who join him in the journey as he wonders the streets of New York and London for the true love of Shakespeare.

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca de Ricardo III See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,843, 13 October 1996

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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