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King of Texas (2002)

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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Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson
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Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith
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Henry Westover
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Emmett Westover
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Claudia Lear
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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 <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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

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Sir Ian McKellen credits this as one of his favorite Shakespeare based performances on film. See more »

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The army captain shows up by himself wanting to buy horses from the Westovers. If he really was expecting to buy horses, he would have some troopers to assist him in taking his purchases away. See more »

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Version of King Lear: Episode #1.5 (1974) See more »

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Will You Come to the Bower?
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Traditional Irish song
Sung by John Lear (Patrick Stewart) and Rip (David Alan Grier)
This song was played by Sam Houston's troops before the Battle of San Jacinto.
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Scheider Shines
27 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on TV last night, I went in blind, all I knew was it was a re-imagining of Shakespeare's King Lear and it starred Patrick Stewart and Roy Scheider. That was enough for me, so I gave it a chance and was pleased I did.

Roy Scheider is simply wonderful here, stealing the movie right from under the nose of Patrick Stewart, which is no easy feat (even with his dodgy accent) because Stewart is on top form here too.

Your heart just goes out to him. You just want to help him. One complaint I did have was, he gets so far gone in such a short amount of time.

A good effort and worth a watch at least once.


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