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Richard III (1955) Poster

(1955)

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Anachronisms 

Shakespeare has Richard claim he will "Set the murderous Machiavel to school" in a scene during the reign of Edward IV: Niccolò Machiavelli was only fourteen by the time of Edward's death.
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As in the Shakespeare play, Richard has his rival Clarence drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine. Malmsey, a kind of Madeira, was not yet being made during the lifetime of Richard.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the scene when Richard tells King Edward of Clarence's supposed treason, two monks are singing hymns from a large book: their lips are not only out of sync with their singing, but with each other.
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When Richard and Buckingham are standing over Edward IV's deathbed, and Buckingham says 'To part the Queen's proud kindred from the princes', Ralph Richardson's lips are out of sync.
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Continuity 

For one shot at the end during the battle scene, right around the famous "My kingdom for a horse!" line, Richard's left hand has all five fingers. During the rest of the movie, Richard only has three fingers on his left hand as part of the character's deformities.
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Crew or equipment visible 

For around half a second, shortly after Lady Anne follows the coffin from the courtyard into the hall there is a clearly visible rubber tyre tread pattern on the floor. The goof is at the bottom of the frame and slightly left of centre; presumably left by a rubber wheel on the camera dolly.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Richard tells Lady Anne to kill him, she grabs the sword and it bends. It is even more noticeable when Richard puts the sword to his own neck.
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