King of Texas

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King of Texas
King of Texas.jpg
Based on King Lear
by William Shakespeare
Screenplay by 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]
Editor(s) Mark Conte[4]
Running time 95 minutes
Production company(s) Milk & Honey Pictures
Flying Freehold Productions
Hallmark Entertainment
TNT Original Productions
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] Patrick 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.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Satellite Award

Western Heritage Awards

  • Won, Best Television Feature Film[2]


  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. Archived from the original on September 8, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "King Of Texas (2002)". TNT. Archived from the original on September 8, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Satellite Awards for 2003"., Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2017. 

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