Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History
Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.
The Battle of Bosworth Field could not be shot on the original location, as the region had been modernized since the fifteenth century. Instead, associate director Anthony Bushell found a bull farm outside Madrid where the foliage was green enough to pass for England, and secured the cooperation of the Spanish Army. This was a decade before Spain would become the "go to" location for epic filmmakers around the world.
Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that glower'd upon our house in the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, our bruised arms hung up for ...
In the scene when Richard tells King Edward of Clarence's supposed treason, two monks are singing hymns from a large book: their lips are not only out of sync with their singing, but with each other.
Most of the film's credits are shown at the end. The opening credits show only the title of the film, William Shakespeare's name, and the names of the main actors.
Released in Great Britain at 155 minutes; some of the prints released in the USA are 139 minutes.