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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Rip
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Mr. Tumlinson
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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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Patrick Stewart and Colm Meany both starred in Star Trek Next Generation together before teaming up again to film this. 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 Kong Lear: Første del (1985) 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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Lear and land
20 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A lean version of King Lear set in the wild west frontier. Local landowner John Lear gives his land to two of his daughters and banishes the third and quickly descends into madness and realises the folly of his decision.

Two of the daughters engage in a blood lust where they plan to go to war with their Mexican neighbour for a land grab.

Patrick Stewart seems to be enjoying this version of Lear, Roy Schneider brings dignity as friend and neighbour and one of the few sympathetic characters in this adaptation.

The film is accessible but what lets it down is the Made for Television look. It looks cheap despite a starry cast and some of the violent scenes are toned down or abruptly cut.


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