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King of Texas (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Western  -  2 June 2002 (USA)
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In this adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, self-made ranch tycoon John Lear divides his holdings among his daughters but finds that once they have his property, they reject him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson
Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith
Henry Westover
Mr. Tumlinson
Mr. Highsmith
Emmett Westover
Thomas Westover
Claudia Lear
Lynne Goulet ...
Memo Escobedo ...
Clint Allen ...


An updated version of 'William Shakespeare''s King Lear, by way of Ran (1985), with Lear as a magnate in the Old West whose decision to divide his empire among his three daughters results in disaster. Written by Jonah Falcon <>

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Between land and power lies the frontier of greed... the saga of family... the heart of drama.


Drama | Western


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2 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Pretty darn good!
29 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have down the story of 'King Lear' since I was ten years old and I think that 'King of Texas' is very much like it. Suzannah, the eldest daughter played by Marcia Gay-Harden, is very much like the character of Goneral in 'King Lear' who she is meant to be. Lauren Holly portrays the other evil daughter Rebecca somewhat differently from her original character Regan. The one good daughter Claudia (played by Julie Cox) is almost exactly like Cordelia, her original. But Instead of Kings, Earls, and Dukes, they are all landowners, who fight over land. Other than the story is very similar to the original except at the end there are a few things that happen to some of the characters (where they meet their end) that are very different. Matt Letscher, who plays Emmett one of the villains that is based on one of Shakespeare's most interesting villains named Edmund, gives an awesome performance. He also played a great villains in 'The Mask of Zorro', I don't know a whole lot about him, but I hope he becomes a big star. Patrick Stewart is so Lear, you can hardly tell the difference. This movie rates a 9/10.

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