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King Lear (20 Feb. 1974)

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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

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Douglass Watson ...
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Edmund (as Raúl Juliá)
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Rosalind Cash ...
Lee Chamberlin ...
Ellen Holly ...
Robert Stattel ...
Robert Lanchester ...
Lou Quinones ...
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The greatest voice in the world
13 March 2001 | by (Mishawaka, IN) – See all my reviews

Read the cast listing again... think about it... Rosalind Cash, Raul Julia, Rene Auberjenois, Paul Sorvino... James Earl Jones as Lear... the best voice in the biz, period...

I am a die hard Sir Laurence fan, and this is the version of Lear I prefer. It is alive, and angry, and funny, and violent, and dirty, and everything we are told Shakespeare CAN be and very rarely is: entertainment on a grand scale.


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