King of Texas

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King of Texas
King of Texas.jpg
Written by William Shakespeare (play)
Stephen Harrigan[1]
Directed by Uli Edel[2]
Starring Patrick Stewart[3]
Marcia Gay Harden[3]
Lauren Holly[3]
Julie Cox[3]
Theme music composer John Altman[4]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Art Levinson[2]
Wendy Neuss-Stewart[2]
Cinematography Paul Elliott[4]
Guillermo Rosas[citation needed]
Editor(s) Mark Conte[4]
Running time 95 minutes
Original network TNT[5]
Original release
  • March 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)

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


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 film appears to be inspired, in part, by the life of Texas cattle baron Captain Richard King.[citation needed] 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.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Satellite Award

Western Heritage Awards

  • Won, Best Television Feature Film[2]

Western Writers of America


  1. ^ a b Hill, Michael (June 1, 2002). "An Old Story in the Old West". Eugene Register-Guard. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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"
  3. ^ a b c d e 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 "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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