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 »

Director:

Edwin Sherin

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douglass Watson Douglass Watson ... Kent
Paul Sorvino ... Gloucester
Raul Julia ... Edmund (as Raúl Juliá)
James Earl Jones ... King Lear
Rosalind Cash ... Goneril
Lee Chamberlin ... Cordelia
Ellen Holly Ellen Holly ... Regan
Robert Stattel Robert Stattel ... Albany
Robert Lanchester Robert Lanchester ... Cornwall
Lou Quinones Lou Quinones ... Burgundy (as Louis Quinones)
Jean-Pierre Stewart Jean-Pierre Stewart ... France
Rene Auberjonois ... Edgar
Frederick Coffin ... Oswald
Tom Aldredge ... Fool
George Dzundza ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Originally broadcast on Great Performances (1971). See more »

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Version of Whatever Next?: Episode #2.1 (1970) See more »

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The greatest voice in the world
13 March 2001 | by Mr_MirageSee all my reviews

Read the cast listing again... think about it... Rosalind Cash, Raul Julia, Rene Auberjenois, Paul Sorvino... James Earl Jones as Lear... the best voice in the biz, period...

I am a die hard Sir Laurence fan, and this is the version of Lear I prefer. It is alive, and angry, and funny, and violent, and dirty, and everything we are told Shakespeare CAN be and very rarely is: entertainment on a grand scale.


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