King of Texas

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King of Texas
King of Texas.jpg
Directed by Uli Edel[1]
Produced by Art Levinson[1]
Wendy Neuss-Stewart[1]
Written by William Shakespeare (play)
Stephen Harrigan[2]
Starring Patrick Stewart[3]
Marcia Gay Harden[3]
Lauren Holly[3]
Julie Cox[3]
Music by John Altman[4]
Cinematography Paul Elliott[4]
Guillermo Rosas[citation needed]
Editing by Mark Conte[4]
Country United States
Language English
Original channel TNT[5]
Release date
  • March 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)
Running time 95 minutes

King of Texas is a 2002 American television film[5] based on William Shakespeare's King Lear[2] and directed by Uli Edel.[1]


The film takes the plot of William Shakespeare's King Lear and places it in the Republic of Texas during the 19th century.[3] Stewart stars as John Lear, a wealthy cattle baron and analog to King Lear. In the story, Lear divides his property among his daughters, only to be rejected by them once they have it.

(The play had previously been updated to an American ranch setting in Jane Smiley's 1991 novel A Thousand Acres, which was filmed in 1997.)


(The analogue from King Lear is in parentheses.)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Satellite Award

Western Heritage Awards

  • Won, Best Television Feature Film[1]

Western Writers of America


  1. ^ a b c d e "Western Heritage Award Winners". National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Retrieved September 8, 2013. , searching for "Full Name"="King of Texas"
  2. ^ a b c d Hill, Michael (June 1, 2002). "An Old Story in the Old West". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Macmillan, Alissa (June 1, 2002). "Every Inch A 'King' Patrick Stewart's Lear reigns in 19th-century Texas". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "King Of Texas (2002) - Cast & Crew". TNT. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "King Of Texas (2002)". TNT. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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