King of Texas
|King of Texas|
|Written by||William Shakespeare (play)
|Directed by||Uli Edel|
Marcia Gay Harden
|Theme music composer||John Altman|
|Country of origin||United States|
Guillermo Rosas
|Running time||95 minutes|
The film takes the plot of William Shakespeare's King Lear and places it in the Republic of Texas during the 19th century. 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 film appears to be inspired, in part, by the life of Texas cattle baron Captain Richard King. Captain King's "King Ranch" included 610,000 acres in the lawless, subtropical Wild Horse Desert of southern Texas. "Kingsville, and the King Ranch Museum, is a good place to begin a tour of the birthplace of American ranching," according to the website of the Texas Tropical Trail Region, part of the Texas Heritage Trails Program.
- Patrick Stewart as John Lear
- Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson
- Lauren Holly as Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith
- Roy Scheider as Henry Westover
- David Alan Grier as Rip
- Colm Meaney as Mr. Tumlinson
- Patrick Bergin as Mr. Highsmith
- Matt Letscher as Emmett Westover
- Liam Waite as Thomas Westover
- Steven Bauer as Menchaca
- Julie Cox as Claudia Lear
- Richard Lineback as Warnell
Awards and nominations
- Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Patrick Stewart
- Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Roy Scheider
- Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Marcia Gay Harden
Western Heritage Awards
- Won, Best Television Feature Film
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