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King Lear (2018)

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An aging King invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Richard Eyre (adapted by), William Shakespeare (based on a play by)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Broadbent ... Earl of Gloucester
Jim Carter ... Earl of Kent
Tobias Menzies ... Duke of Cornwall
Emily Watson ... Regan
John Macmillan ... Edmund
Florence Pugh ... Cordelia
Emma Thompson ... Goneril
Anthony Calf ... Duke of Albany
Anthony Hopkins ... Lear
Simon Manyonda ... Duke of Burgundy
Chukwudi Iwuji ... King of France
Karl Johnson ... Fool
Samuel Valentine Samuel Valentine ... Lear's Gentleman
Andrew Scott ... Edgar
Christopher Eccleston ... Oswald
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An aging King invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.

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insanity | monarch | civil war | See All (3) »

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Drama | History

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Executive Producer Colin Callender said, "One of the great wonders of being able to shoot this on film is the ability to bring together a cast which would never be available to you on stage." See more »

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Whoever came up with making a Shakespearean play look like that should have a standing ovation for hours :D
30 September 2018 | by Aktham_TashtushSee all my reviews

I only wish more of Shakespeare's work would be interpreted in this creative way .. the production partnership in here by BBC and Amazon and directing by the talented "king Lear" expert Richard Eyre did one spectacular job .. yet .. i still have no idea who came up by this "modernizing" of the Shakespearean work like this .. it shins with originality and thrill.

The madness, tension and stress presented by Anthony Hopkins is indescribable ,, felt like he's on the stage of a theater of his imagination he owned each and every line ... i mean even though i needed English subtitles for the movie just to keep up .. still he was amazing .. the whole cast were .. and what a cast ... The kingdom's finest ... Emma Thompson, Jim Carter, Tobias Menzies and Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock :D) ..just wow.

The movie might be a hard work ,, but it's worth it if you love classical tragedies of Shakespeare and you're prepared to see it in a new style.


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Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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