Richard III

Drama | English | 161 minutes


King Edward IV of England was helped to the throne by his brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But the deformed, hunchback Richard is envious. While  his brother achieved power,  he remained in a lowly position. Richard is determined to seize power for himself. Richard’s ambition includes deceiving  everyone in the Royal Court including his brother George, Duke of Clarence and his future wife, Lady Anne. Richard  finds his bloody rise to power will, alas, be jeopardized by those he betrayed. 

Laurence Olivier (Richard, Duke of Gloucester) / Cedric Hardwicke (King Edward IV) / John Gielgud (George, Duke of Clarence) / Claire Bloom (Lady Anne)
Why Stream This Film?
 It’s rare that such a worthy film, still running in theaters and nominated for 10 Oscars, is also available for streaming.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 84%
  • Metacritic Score: 88
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
  • BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Film; Best British Actor (Laurence Olivier)
  • National Board of Review: Best Foreign Film
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best English-Language Foreign Film
A superlative version of Shakespeare’s play about the murderous hunchback and his plans to seize the throne of England. Beautifully realized by star-director Laurence Olivier. A magnificent film brilliantly acted.
TV GUIDE staff


RICHARD III is a superb and bold achievement, most honorable to Shakespeare and to  Laurence Olivier, the actor-producer-director. It is something of a cinematographic miracle.
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