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About the Movie
This is a fascinating documentary-style film about Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino's staging of Richard; and his simultaneous exploration of the relevance of Shakespeare to people in every walk of life. Every scene of the play is dissected by actors and scholars prior to us seeing it performed, thus bringing the play brilliantly to life. Pacino's directorial debut takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the actor's process, preparing the audience for classical drama in its highest form. Richard schemes murderously for the throne at the expense of his brother Clarence (Alec Baldwin), his wife Lady Anne (Winona Ryder), his sidekick Buckingham (Kevin Spacey), and just about everyone else who crosses his path. The film also stars Aidan Quinn as Richmond, and includes interviews with F. Murray Abraham, Gil Bellows, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, John Gielgud and Vanessa Redgrave, among dozens of others. The film won numerous awards, including the 1997 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 47
- Fresh: 38
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: There are actors' rehearsals and performances, and Mr. Pacino interviews experts, conducts man-on-the-street polls and stages collegial arguments with his cronies. Thus emerges the intricate story of Richard's ambition.
Fresh: Pacino makes looking for Richard a great adventure and outrageous fun.
Rotten: It's ironic that the movie is done in by what you'd expect to be the high point: the performance segments that dominate the final third.
Fresh: High-spirited and infectiously energetic.
This is the first movie of its kind I have seen and I really thought it was very interesting. The idea was executed perfectly and the cast was amazing. Overall its a very good movie however it's not Al's best, but this is still a movie you should at least rent. P.S. first review
Pacino and Shakespeare sounds like either a joke or something that would make you run out the door. I confess that this a refreshing take on one of the bard's most convoluted plays. The semi docu drama style and interviews work suprisingly well and wins you over in time. It's one of Pacino's better endevors in a very long time and I'm startled that it got so little attention when it first came out. If I could give it six stars I would.
Remarkable and unique
It's not Pacino, it's not Shakespeare - It's not like anything you've ever seen before. Stay with it and you'll find yourself getting drawn into the actors, the characters and the play itself (Richard lll) which takes place everywhere from the Cloisters museum to the basketball courts - in costume and in street clothes. One of my favorites. Seen it many times. Enjoy.