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:
Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer
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.
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.
King Henry's soldiers carry MP40s when trying to defend themselves against Richard's attack.
Some of Richard's guards are armed with the MP41.
Browning Automatic Rifle
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.
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.
Lewis machine gun
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.