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 King Lear (1909) 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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Little more than a novelty.
15 December 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"King of Texas" is a knock-off of Shakespeare's "King Lear" which sports an excellent cast, a sterling performance by Stewart, and solid art and technicals all on location in Mexico. Unfortunately the film was a bad idea as Shakespeare and Texas have just about nothing in common and the breeding of those incongruous elements results in an unwieldy and unattractive progeny. Most would agree that much of the beauty of the Bard's work is in the prose and "King of Texas" makes that point clear as it fails to achieve more than a modicum of entertainment while looking silly against its Mexican backdrop with obvious histrionics, gushing theatrics, and staginess ad nauseam. A novelty watch for the curious at best. (B-)


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