King Lear

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Laurence Olivier takes the title role in this adaptation of the classic play by William Shakespeare. Set in an area resembling Stonehenge, Lear begins the film by stating he will give each of his daughters a share of his kingdom determined by how much they love him. His eldest daughters claim their share with fake words of love, but the young Cordelia refuses to speak and is disinherited. As the family of King Lear descend into feuds and betrayal Lear himself becomes more unstable as the tragic consequences of his decisions play out before him.

1984 | 2 hr 38 min | 7.6/10
Colin Blakely, Leo McKern, Robert Lindsay, Laurence Olivier
Michael Elliott
Produced By
David Plowright
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Also starring Leo McKern