King Lear (1983)
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Shakespeare's tragedy, made for British television, is given a full-blooded rendition here with the great Laurence Olivier in the title role and a stellar cast to support him, in the tale of a king torn apart by the ambition and treachery within his family and by his own pride. ~ Mark Hockley, Rovi
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All the actresses are brilliant and the play is well filmed but it would all be for naught if not for Olivier's astounding performance.
This was my first real exposure to both Olivier and Shakespeare. I promptly decided that I loved both. I was about 15. I didn't know much about anything, but I knew excellence when I saw it.
classic film version of Shakespeare's tragedy (one of the "Big Four": Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth; Richard III should also be included as a tragedy). Olivier was the greatest actor of his age and, in his final major role (very fitting that it should be Shakespeare), he proves once again why he is the Master Of The Bard and Kenneth Branagh has inherited the mantle.
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