King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

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Douglass Watson ... Kent
... Gloucester
... Edmund (as Raúl Juliá)
... King Lear
... Goneril
... Cordelia
Ellen Holly ... Regan
Robert Stattel ... Albany
Robert Lanchester ... Cornwall
Lou Quinones ... Burgundy (as Louis Quinones)
Jean-Pierre Stewart ... France
... Edgar
... Oswald
... Fool
... Gentleman
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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20 February 1974 (USA)  »

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The longest television production of "King Lear" telecast on American TV up to that time. See more »

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Beware of old age?
14 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I can never understand Shakespeare. What's he trying to say, if anything? That old age is a misfortune that ruins everyone's life? I can discern no other message in this pretentious jumble. They say the Bard is often quoted. The only thing in this play I've heard quoted is "more sinned against than sinning". Brilliant! Let's quote it again: "more sinned against than sinning"! Once more: "more sinned against than sinning". So good! Bob Hope has more quotable one-liners than the Bard, and I think Henny Youngman is wittier than Bob Hope. I will keep trying to give the Bard a chance to impress me, but this is reputed to be his greatest play.


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