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King of Texas (2002)

12 | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 2 June 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.

Director:

Uli Edel

Writers:

William Shakespeare (play), Stephen Harrigan (teleplay)
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Cast

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 Fernando Banda ... Antonio
Juan Pablo Gamboa ... Weems
Roger Cudney ... Smithwick
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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.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boss Lear See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Ian McKellen credits this as one of his favorite Shakespeare based performances on film. See more »

Goofs

The army captain shows up by himself wanting to buy horses from the Westovers. If he really was expecting to buy horses, he would have some troopers to assist him in taking his purchases away. See more »

Connections

Version of King Lear (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Will You Come to the Bower?
(uncredited)
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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Where's the west?
3 June 2002 | by rickz-6See all my reviews

King Leer plays Mr. Dunson (from Red River).

Of course, as an old Patrick Stewart fan, I loved his performance as John Leer. Pretty good accent -- he only slipped once that I caught -- after a series of consistent "hoss", he said "horse." Anyway, the cast was excellent; particular kudos to Roy Scheider.

My major complaint is that it just doesn't feel much like a western. Perhaps a western stage play? Most westerns are action=centered, of course, and don't have nearly as much dialog to get in. So, I missed a lot of the western schtick that John Ford or Andrew MacLaglen might have put in. Nice try.


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