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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.
  • Recommended Rating: Strong PG-13/light R for strong grisly violence

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. Every line is taken directly from Shakespeare's play.

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 one of the most disturbing and bloody scenes in all of Shakespeare, and this film's depiction of it 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 fist fight. 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 off-screen.
  • 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. Not suitable for young audiences.
  • The ending is very violent and sad, resulting the death of almost all of the characters. Very dark, bloody, and disturbing, though not inconsistent with the play.

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