Richard III

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Richard III (1995)

Richard III is the 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play starring Ian McKellen as the title character. Directed by Richard Loncraine, the film co-stars Annette Bening, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey, Jr., and Nigel Hawthorne. Though the story remains faithful to Shakespeare's play about the ambitious and twisted Richard of Gloucester, the film's setting is an alternate 1930's Britain as Richard's evil plans to gain control of the English throne paralleled the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy under the rule of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, respectively. In keeping with the period of the film, the majority of the weapons and vehicles seen are somewhat consistent with the actual time period in history. The film was based on a successful stage version which also starred McKellen.

The following weapons were used in the film Richard III:

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Pistols

Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer

In both the opening and closing scenes, Richard of Gloucester's (Ian McKellen) weapon of choice is a Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer pistol.

Mauser Model 712 Schnellfeuer with 10-round magazine - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The M712 during the opening.
Richard executes King Henry (Edward Jewesbury) with the M712 during the opening.
Richard seizes a M712 as he abandons his crashed jeep.

Colt M1911A1 pistol

Prince Edward (Christopher Bowen) grabs a Colt 1911 pistol when the headquarters comes under attack, and is still trying to chamber it when Richard shoots him down. Likewise, the Earl of Richmond (Dominic West) holds one on Richard in the final confrontation.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
Prince Edward (Christopher Bowen) grabs a Colt 1911 pistol when the headquarters comes under attack.
Henry Richmond (Dominic West) holds a 1911 while stalking Richard in the final confrontation.

Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP18

In the film's opening, several of Richard's soldiers wield Bergmann MP18 submachine guns while storming King Henry's headquarters at Tewkesbury. These also are seen during the final battle.

Bergmann MP18 Sub Machine Gun with Box Mag - 9x19mm
In the film's opening, several of Richard's soldiers wield Bergmann MP18 submachine guns while storming King Henry's headquarters at Tewkesbury.
Richard's soldiers wield Bergmann MP18 submachine guns.

MP40

King Henry's soldiers carry MP40s when trying to defend themselves against Richard's attack.

MP40 - 9x19mm
King Henry's soldiers carry MP40s when trying to defend themselves against Richard's attack.

MP41

Some of Richard's guards are armed with the MP41.

MP41 - 9x19mm
Guard on left carry a MP41. The wooden stock is slightly visible.
Seen on the left is the MP41.
MP41 seen of the soldier on the left.

Rifles

Browning Automatic Rifle

Early Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
The BAR in action during the opening sequence
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Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* rifle

The Lee-Enfield No.1 MkIII* rifle is seen in the hands of the vast majority of British soldiers throughout the film. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during the First World War, introduced in 1907 it has seen action throughout the 20th century.

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British.
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Enfield Pattern 1914 rifle

Pattern 1914 Enfield rifles were seen in the hands of many of Richmond's soldiers when they fight Richard's army towards the end of the film.

M1917 Enfield .30-06
Pattern 1914 Enfield rifles were seen in the hands of many of Richmond's soldiers when they fight Richard's army towards the end of the film.

Machine Guns

Lewis machine gun

When his army comes under attack by Lord Stanley's air forces, Richard (Ian McKellen) seizes a vehicle mounted Lewis machine gun and tries to shoot down one of the incoming fighters.

Lewis machine gun - .303
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Browning M1917 machine gun

A Browning M1917 machine gun (mocked up to look like either a Maxim '08 or a Vickers machine gun) is mounted on Richard's scout car during the final battle.

Browning M1917 machine gun .30-06 with tripod and ammo box‎
James Tyrell (Adrian Dunbar) mans the Browning M1917 on Richard's jeep.

Browning M2 heavy machine gun

During the final battle, Richmond (Dominic West) fires a Browning M2 heavy machine gun from the back of a jeep while attacking Richard's forces.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
During the final battle, Richmond (Dominic West) fires a Browning M2 heavy machine gun from the back of a jeep.



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