Looking for Richard

Looking for Richard

theatrical release poster
Directed by Al Pacino
Produced by Michael Hadge
Al Pacino
Written by William Shakespeare
Al Pacino
Frederic Kimball
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Robert Leacock
Edited by William A. Anderson
Ned Bastille
Pasquale Buba
Andre Ross Betz
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • October 11, 1996 (1996-10-11) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Looking for Richard is a 1996 documentary film directed by Al Pacino. The film is Pacino's directorial debut. It is both a performance of selected scenes of William Shakespeare's Richard III and a broader examination of Shakespeare's continuing role and relevance in popular culture. The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1996[1] and it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Pacino plays both himself and the title character. The movie guides the audience through the play's plot and historical background.[3] Pacino and several fellow actors, including Penelope Allen and Harris Yulin,[4] act out scenes from the play.[5]

In addition, the actors comment on their roles. Pacino also features other actors famous for performing Shakespeare, such as Vanessa Redgrave, Kenneth Branagh, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline.[6] Pacino includes interviews with Shakespeare scholars and ordinary people on the street.



  1. Janet Maslin (29 January 2002). "Films on Junior High School And a Farm Win at Sundance". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Looking for Richard". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  3. Bruce Weber (6 October 1996). "Al Pacino, Slouching (Again) Toward Shakespeare". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  4. Godfrey Cheshire (5 February 1996). "Looking For Richard". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  5. Roger Ebert (25 October 1996). "Looking For Richard". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  6. Janet Maslin (11 October 1996). "Royal Monster, Are You Out There?". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
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