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

King of Texas
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Based onKing Lear
by William Shakespeare
Screenplay byStephen Harrigan[1]
Directed byUli Edel[2]
StarringPatrick Stewart[3]
Marcia Gay Harden[3]
Lauren Holly[3]
Julie Cox[3]
Theme music composerJohn Altman[4]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Art Levinson[2]
Wendy Neuss-Stewart[2]
CinematographyPaul Elliott[4]
Editor(s)Mark Conte[4]
Running time95 minutes
Production company(s)Milk & Honey Pictures
Flying Freehold Productions
Hallmark Entertainment
TNT Original Productions
Original networkTNT[5]
Original release
  • March 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)



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 the eldest two of them once they have it.


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  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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