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(2018 TV Movie)

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Sex & Nudity

  • There are subtle references to fornication and adultery, but none of this is condoned. No actual sex or nudity in this film at all.

Violence & Gore

  • Infrequent but very strong and bloody violence, most of which occurs near the end of the film (most of which is described in the "spoilers" section below)
  • Slaughtered animal carcasses are visible
  • A man cuts his own arm with a knife in order to falsely accuse another man of attacking him. Very bloody, though brief.
  • King Lear on multiple occasions goes into violent rages and wishes death upon his children. At one moment, he viciously throws a horseshoe at his daughter, just barely missing her.
  • A man is seen coming out of a tent soaked in blood
  • A man and woman get into a violent brawl and hit each other.
  • The ending is a dark and disturbing scene with a great deal of grisly violence
  • There is a brutal scene of interrogation, torture, and mutilation (described below). This is by far the most violent and gory scene in the film.


  • There is no actual profanity at all.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • None, other than mild alcohol consumption by adults

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The entire film is extremely disturbing and intense. Lear's angry and violent outbursts are very realistic and frightening.
  • The end is very violent and bloody in its depiction.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Cornwall gouges Gloucester's eyes out. This is a shockingly bloody and disturbing scene. This is an extremely graphic scene, and it goes on for several minutes.
  • During the same scene, a servant tries to stop Cornwall from blinding Gloucester. They begin violently punching one another, and the servant stabs Cornwall with a knife, mortally wounding him. Regan then shoots the servant in the back with a gun, causing blood to spray everywhere.
  • The ending scene is very graphic. After a very violent battle is depicted with the use of modern artillery, a series of brawls results in the death of nearly every character in the film.
  • Edgar kills Edmund in a bloody fistfight. The scene is very violent, grisly, and intense, and it goes on for over a minute.
  • Goneril murders her sister by poisoning her. She then commits suicide offscreen.
  • At the very end, Cordelia is executed and is brought in in a body bag. Lear dies of grief and anguish as a result. Very violent and disturbing, though more or less consistent with the play.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The scene where Cornwall rips out Gloucester's eyes extremely graphic and intense. Gloucester screams in pain and begs for mercy while he is tortured and mutilated.
  • The ending is very violent and sad, resulting the death of almost all of the characters. Very dark, bloody, and disturbing.

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