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Richard III

Synopsis
Feature film. "Now is the winter of our discontent..." With these timeless words, Duke Richard - lounging on his sun deck - sets his murderous plans in motion. His goal: to eliminate the hated rival Lancaster dynasty, and reign as undisputed king. Standing between him and the throne are his brothers Clarence and King Edward, his nephews the Princes, his bitter adversary Queen Elizabeth, and a host of enemies, rivals, and dubious allies. In the Los Angeles of "Shakespeare’s Richard III", violence is the norm: every member of the nobility expects to kill or be killed, according to the code duel lo. They prefer death before dishonor. The women in this society are just as dangerous, courageous, and brutal as the men. The York and Lancaster families - rival branches of the former England Studios - exert a mafia-like control of the city and local politics/law enforcement. Aided by his sinister counselor Buckingham, Richard will stop at nothing - seduction, bribery, conspiracy, and wholesale slaughter - in his bloodthirsty quest, until finally just one adversary remains: his arch-rival Lord Richmond. But why, as the opposing forces join battle, is Richard smiling? What does he know that Richmond doesn’t...? (Summary written by the film’s director, Scott Anderson).
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2007
Availability
No archive copy or distributor known (2/2012).

Credits

Director
Scott Anderson
Producer
Scott Anderson
Cinematographer
Ruben Russ
Screenplay
Scott Anderson
Music
Penka Kouneva
Production Design
Margo Romero
Costume
Kathleen Hotmer
Art Direction
Matt Hausmann
Cast
Anne JeffreysDuchess of York
Richard TysonGeorge, Duke of Clarence
Daniela MelgozaPrincess Elizabeth
Danny ArroyoLord Grey
David CarradineDuke of Buckingham
Gerard MarzilliBishop of Ely
Marco SanchezEarl of Richmond
Michelle Anne JohnsonSir William Catesby
Mike MuscatCardinal
Phil AslaksenSir Richard Ratcliffe
Scott AndersonRichard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard
Sung Hi LeeLady Anne

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Richard III
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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