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King Lear (1998)

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Adaptation of Shakespeare's play.

Director: Richard Eyre

Release Date: 1998-03-21
Status: Released
Run time: 150 min / 2:30
Release Date: 1998-03-21
Status: Released
Run time: 150 min / 2:30

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Ian Holm
as King Lear
Amanda Redman
as Regan
Barbara Flynn
as Goneril
Victoria Hamilton
as Cordelia
Timothy West
as Gloucester
Paul Rhys
as Edgar
Finbar Lynch
as Edmund
David Burke
as Kent
Michael Bryant
as Fool


Directing Richard Eyre Director
Writing William Shakespeare Writer

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  • Culture › TV & Radio › Reviews King Lear review: Anthony Hopkins stars in a murky adaptation . Richard Eyre's two-hour filming of Shakespeare tragedy boasts an astonishing cast – but the storytelling can feel choppy

  • In a notable instance of one behemoth assessing another, the director Peter Brook once called King Lear “a mountain whose summit has never been reached, the way up strewn with the shattered bodies of earlier visitors.” Shakespeare’s tragedy — with its vertiginous star turn for an older actor ...

  • Talk about Shakespeare’s great King Lear tends to focus on the action of the play and its meaning.. A self-satisfied monarch, blind to the consequences of his actions, splits his realm in two, giving half to one daughter and half to the other.

  • King Lear has 157,224 ratings and 3,516 reviews. Bill said: I've read Lear many times, and, although I didn't learn much about the play this reading, I ...

  • Glenda Jackson is tremendous as King Lear. No ifs, no buts. In returning to the stage at the age of 80, 25 years after her last performance (as the Clytemnestra-like Christine in Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra at the Glasgow Citizens), she has pulled off one of those 11th-hour feats ...

  • However, irrespective of directorial assistance, the scenes on the heath (the so-called "unactable" portion of King Lear), ... Was this review helpful?