King Lear - Great Performances
PBS (4/9/2009)
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IMDB   7.5
153 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Ian McKellen King Lear
William Gaunt Earl of Gloucester
Philip Winchester Edmund
Ben Meyjes Edgar
Frances Barber Goneril
Monica Dolan Regan
Romola Garai Cordelia
Sylvester McCoy Lear's Fool
Jonathan Hyde Earl of Kent
Guy Williams Duke of Cornwall
Julian Harries Duke of Albany
John Heffernan Oswald
Russell Byrne First Gloucester Servant / Doctor
David Weston Gentleman
Peter Hinton Duke of Burgundy / Captain
Ben Addis King of France
Seymour Matthews Curan
Zoe Boyle Lady in Waiting
Richard Goulding Messenger
Melanie Jessop Second Gloucester Servant
Trevor Nunn
Producer Chris Hunt
Andy Picheta
Richard Price
Writer William Shakespeare
Cinematography Paul Wheeler

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.
Edition Details
Distributor PBS
Release Date 4/21/2009
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Stereo [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1