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King of Texas -- 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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2 June 2002 (USA) See more »
Between land and power lies the frontier of greed... the saga of family... the heart of drama.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patrick Stewart ... John Lear

Marcia Gay Harden ... Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson

Lauren Holly ... Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith

Roy Scheider ... Henry Westover

David Alan Grier ... Rip

Colm Meaney ... Mr. Tumlinson

Patrick Bergin ... Mr. Highsmith

Matt Letscher ... Emmett Westover

Liam Waite ... Thomas Westover

Steven Bauer ... Menchaca

Julie Cox ... Claudia Lear

Richard Lineback ... Warnell
Fernando Banda ... Antonio

Juan Pablo Gamboa ... Weems
Roger Cudney ... Smithwick
Andrés García ... Davis

Ehécatl Chávez ... Vaquero

Directed by
Uli Edel 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play "King Lear")

Stephen Harrigan (teleplay)

Produced by
Arturo Brito .... line producer
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
Art Levinson .... producer
Wendy Neuss .... executive producer (as Wendy Neuss-Stewart)
Patrick Stewart .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Altman 
Cinematography by
Paul Elliott 
Guillermo Rosas 
Film Editing by
Mark Conte 
Casting by
Lisa Freiberger 
Production Design by
Veronica Hadfield  (as Penny V. Hadfield)
Art Direction by
Héctor Romero 
Set Decoration by
Enrique Estévez 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Makeup Department
Lourdes Delgado .... key hair stylist
Martha Villanueva Garcia .... hair stylist
Martha Villanueva Garcia .... makeup artist
Rachel Kick .... assistant makeup artist
Rosalee Riggle .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Mariano Carranco .... unit production manager: Mexico
Dee D'Orazio .... post-production supervisor
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
Belinda Uriegas .... production supervisor
Berenice Manjarrez Vericat .... unit production manager: second unit (as Berenice Manjarrez)
Ernesto Garabito .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Graysmark .... second assistant director
Miguel Lima .... assistant director: Mexico
Justin Muller .... first assistant director
Batan Silva .... second unit director (as Sebastián Silva)
Berenice Manjarrez Vericat .... first assistant director: second unit (as Berenice Manjarrez)
Art Department
Vern Crofoot .... props
Kelly Farrah .... property master
Ricardo M. Kaplan .... art department coordinator
Moises Pineda .... production buyer
Igor Toshevski .... storyboard artist (stand-by art-director)
Sound Department
Suzanne Angel .... adr editor
Antonio Betancourt .... sound mixer
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Fernando Cámara .... sound mixer: second unit (as Fernando Camara)
Erik Flockoi .... sound recordist
Mark Friedgen .... sound supervisor
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Patrick Morris .... ADR Mixer: UK
Todd Orr .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Jose A. Cordero .... special effects technician
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects coordinator (as Laurencio 'Chovy' Cordero)
Visual Effects by
Robert D. Bailey .... visual effects supervisor
Hugo Aguilera .... stunt double
Omar Ayala .... stunts
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Juan Fernando Guzmán .... electrician
Wilma Gómez Luengo .... focus puller
Ignacio Sanchez Mejia .... electrician: second unit
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer
Jeff Neumann .... still photographer
Jaime Reynoso .... camera operator: additional photography
Jesus B. Rodriquez .... key grip
Erick Sanudo .... camera operator
Jaromir Sedina .... Steadicam operator
Jaromir Sedina .... camera operator: "a" camera
Carlos Silva .... video assist
Alfredo Valverde .... grip: second unit
Michael Weaver .... gaffer
Casting Department
Gerardo Rene Arellano .... extras casting
Gaby Cairo .... extras casting
Christina Sibul .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ángel Camacho .... costumer
Leslie Herman .... wardrobe supervisor
Zhanna Mihaleva .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Yelena Lanskaya .... assistant editor
Paul Westerbeck .... final colorist
Lee Wimer .... color timer
David Yoneshige .... post-production executive
Location Management
Patricia Cano .... location manager
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Nino Centurion .... music editor
Gerard McCann .... music editor: UK
Bruce White .... viola
Scott McRae .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Javier Gunther .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... catering coordinator
Michael E. Boyle .... head wrangler (as Michael Boyle)
Loreto de la Garza .... production assistant
Luis Enrique Granados .... production assistant
Elsa Hermoso .... production accountant
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
Scott A. Perez .... wrangler gang boss
Adriana Poblano .... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Carla Raygoza .... production coordinator
Arturo Saldivar .... production contact: Mexico City
Mary Anne Seward .... script supervisor
George Sweney .... production auditor
Daniela Tully .... assistant: Uli Edel (as Daniela Astroth)
James Wilberger .... production executive (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Boss Lear" - USA (alternative title)
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Brazil:95 min | USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Patrick Stewart and Colm Meany both starred in Star Trek Next Generation together before teaming up again to film this.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of King Lear (1916)See more »
Will You Come to the Bower?See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Only Shakespeare ever did it better, 6 May 2002
Author: Nozz from Israel

This short treatment does well in general by the story and by the characters. The characters have a certain frontier eloquence and it isn't till John Lear goes mad-- a bit too suddenly-- that you really miss Shakespeare's poetry. The script tries to compensate for the lack of weight in the storm scene by introducing a more pedestrian revelation: Lear comes to understand that peace is better than fighting. Well, duh.

On the positive side, we have sisters who are a little better motivated and less one-dimensionally monstrous than we're accustomed to and we have an interesting back-story (with an echo of the Biblical daughters of Zelophehad) in which Lear had intended his son to be heir but the son died in battle leaving only daughters to inherit.

Somehow we manage to meet a pretty full cast of characters, and they all seem natural occupants of free Texas, where the inhospitable desert separates warring ranches the way Shakespeare's heath separated the little fiefdoms. The story unfolds quite naturally too, with a creditable amount of the original complexity preserved.

The main weakness is the musical score, routine at best where the Texan setting provided the opportunity for something more distinctive and memorable.

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