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King Lear (1983)

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

Director:

Michael Elliott

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Blakely ... Kent
Leo McKern ... Gloucester
Robert Lindsay ... Edmund
Laurence Olivier ... King Lear
Dorothy Tutin ... Goneril
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Cordelia
Diana Rigg ... Regan
Robert Lang ... Albany
Jeremy Kemp ... Cornwall
Brian Cox ... Burgundy
Edward Petherbridge ... France
David Threlfall ... Edgar
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Oswald
John Cording ... Lear's Knight
John Hurt ... The Fool
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Storyline

Lear is an aging King who wants to retire by abdicating to his three daughters. However, in an act of petty ego stroking, he asks them who among them loves him most. While two daughters eagerly toady to him, his one loving daughter, Cordelia, refuses play along with this foolish charade. In a rage, Lear exiles her along with his one loyal aide who dares to stick up for her. This foolish move works to Lear's sorrow as his two remaining daughters cruelly and gradually strip him of his status and possessions until he is rendered an insane hermit attended only by his fool. All the while, the illegitimate son of another lord is plotting his own ambitions while contributing to this tragic tale of ego and familial cruelty. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Lear See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Esmond Knight (Old Man) appeared in all three Shakespearean movies directed by Sir Laurence Olivier: Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955). See more »

Quotes

Edmund: Now gods, stand up for bastards.
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Connections

Version of The Tragedy of King Lear Part 2/I (1948) See more »

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Shakespeare's most mature tragedy. Olivier was brilliant.
17 April 1999 | by mnfriedSee all my reviews

I had seen King Lear on the stage with Louis Calhern when I was too young to fully appreciate it. The Olivier version was deeper with fine nuances in his performance evidencing his full insight of the meaning of this tragedy. A must for every parent. It teaches one more than all the popular books on parenting.


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