Richard Marquand


Richard Alfred Marquand (September 22, 1937 – September 4, 1987) was a British film and television director active in both US and UK film productions. He made his feature debut with the horror film The Legacy (1978), with Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, John Standing, and Margaret Tyzack. He is best known for directing the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi (1983), with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, James Earl Jones Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Ian McDiarmid, and Frank Oz. Other films of the 1980s include Eye of the Needle (1981), with Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Ian Bannen, and Christopher Cazenove; Until September (1984), with Karen Allen and Thierry Lhermitte; Jagged Edge (1985), with Glenn Close, Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote, and Robert Loggia; and Hearts of Fire (1987), with Bob Dylan, Fiona Flanagan, and Rupert Everett; the latter released posthumously.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Legacy (1978)
  • The Birth of the Beatles (1979)
  • Eye of the Needle (1981)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983)**
  • Until September (1984)
  • Jagged Edge (1985)
  • Hearts of Fire (1987) – posthumous release
  • Nowhere to Run (1993) – directed by Robert Harmon – co-story – posthumous release