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A Shakespearean "Vanya on 42nd Street," "Richard" is the first semi-documentary addition to the barrage of Bard adaptations. Pacino's protracted pic dwells on a filmmaker's struggles to understand the play. Punctuated with comic relief, Pacino makes a pilgrimage to the Globe Theatre, taps Brit theatre heavyweights Gielgud and Redgrave for thoughts on interpreting Shakespeare, and combs New York for candid "man in the street" impressions in a quest to bring his subject to a wider public. Over the course of four years, Pacino, in various stages of facial hair growth, plays the deformed usurper with a cast of worthy Americans (Spacey, Kline, Ryder, Baldwin, and Quinn), illustrating key scenes of the play.

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Available on Running time 108 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Docudrama, Adapted from a Play, Plays to Film: William Shakespeare, Physical Problems, New York, New York, Royalty, British, Modern Shakespeare, It's a Conspiracy, Man!, Great Britain
Cast
Dominic Chianese, Paul Guilfoyle, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Aidan Quinn, F. Murray Abraham, Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Conway, John Gielgud, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Estelle Parsons, Vanessa Redgrave, Harris Yulin, Penelope Allen, Al Pacino
Cinematography
Robert Leacock
Director
Al Pacino
Music
Howard Shore
Producer
Michael Hadge, Al Pacino, William Teitler, Fox Searchlight

Awards

Directors Guild 1996: Feature Doc. (Pacino).

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