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King of Texas (2002)

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In this adaptation of William Shakespeare's King Lear, self-made ranch tycoon John Lear divides his holdings amongst his daughters, but finds that once they have his property, they reject him.


Uli Edel


William Shakespeare (play), Stephen Harrigan (teleplay)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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.


Drama | Western


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Sir Patrick Stewart and Colm Meaney appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


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Version of King Lear (1999) See more »


Will You Come to the Bower?
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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Pretty darn good!
29 January 2003 | by LTrippSee all my reviews

I have down the story of 'King Lear' since I was ten years old and I think that 'King of Texas' is very much like it. Suzannah, the eldest daughter played by Marcia Gay-Harden, is very much like the character of Goneral in 'King Lear' who she is meant to be. Lauren Holly portrays the other evil daughter Rebecca somewhat differently from her original character Regan. The one good daughter Claudia (played by Julie Cox) is almost exactly like Cordelia, her original. But Instead of Kings, Earls, and Dukes, they are all landowners, who fight over land. Other than the story is very similar to the original except at the end there are a few things that happen to some of the characters (where they meet their end) that are very different. Matt Letscher, who plays Emmett one of the villains that is based on one of Shakespeare's most interesting villains named Edmund, gives an awesome performance. He also played a great villains in 'The Mask of Zorro', I don't know a whole lot about him, but I hope he becomes a big star. Patrick Stewart is so Lear, you can hardly tell the difference. This movie rates a 9/10.

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Release Date:

2 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Boss Lear See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »

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