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King Lear 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 11 October 1998
King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Richard Eyre (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rhys ... Edgar
Finbar Lynch ... Edmund
Timothy West ... Gloucester
David Burke ... Kent
Barbara Flynn ... Goneril
Amanda Redman ... Regan
Victoria Hamilton ... Cordelia
David Lyon David Lyon ... Albany
Michael Simkins ... Cornwall
Ian Holm ... Lear
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Lear's Knight
Adrian Irvine Adrian Irvine ... France
Nicholas R. Bailey ... Burgundy
William Osborne William Osborne ... Oswald
Michael Bryant ... Fool
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Storyline

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The script indicates that the Fool is a very young man, who is perversely wiser than the very old King Lear. While this version leaves in many of the script cues suggesting this, the Fool is played by Michael Bryant who was older than Ian Holm (Lear). See more »

Connections

Version of King Lear (1976) See more »

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User Reviews

 
An edge-of-your seat, totally riveting, emotional knockout.
18 October 1998 | by HellerSee all my reviews

I've read the play & seen other versions; this is by far the most riveting version I've ever seen, maybe the most riveting film I've ever seen. The stark sets strip your defenses away, and the performances claw you to the heart. I could not drag my eyes away from the action, especially the stunning Lear. Even if you are usually turned off by Shakespeare, don't fail to see Ian Holm in this surprisingly modern action drama!


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