Laurence Olivier won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his forceful and compelling performance as Lear in what is arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy - a story of misplaced trust, filial ingratitude, envy and the lust for power. Olivier was 76 years old when this production was made and he still manages to tower effortlessly over a stellar cast. Nominated for three BAFTAs, Michael Elliott's production for Granada Television set the benchmark for all other adaptations of this sad tale.

The ageing King Lear abdicates his throne and surrenders his kingdom to his three daughters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. How much land they get is dependant on how much love they show for him, to be demonstrated in a speech, but Cordelia refuses to play her father's senile games and is banished. Little does Lear understand that this is the first step on a path that could result in the destruction of the kingdom..., Laurence Olivier won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his forceful and compelling performance as Lear in what is arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy - a story of misplaced trust, filial ingratitude, envy and the lust for power. Olivier was 76 years old when this production was made and he still manages to tower effortlessly over a stellar cast. Nominated for three BAFTAs, Michael Elliott's production for Granada Television set the benchmark for all other adaptations of this sad tale.

The ageing King Lear abdicates his throne and surrenders his kingdom to his three daughters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. How much land they get is dependant on how much love they show for him, to be demonstrated in a speech, but Cordelia refuses to play her father's senile games and is banished. Little does Lear understand that this is the first step on a path that could result in the destruction of the kingdom...

Special Features:

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Certificate:
15
Actor:
Colin Blakely

Anna Calder-Marshall

Brian Cox

Leo McKern

Diana Rigg

David Threlfall

Dorothy Tutin

John Hurt

Jeremy Kemp

Esmond Knight

Robert Lang

Robert Lindsay

Laurence Olivier

Edward Petherbridge
Director:
Michael Elliott
Region:
2
Aspect Ratio:
4:3
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
studio:
Network

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Laurence Olivier won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his forceful and compelling performance as Lear in what is arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy - a story of misplaced trust, filial ingratitude, envy and the lust for power. Olivier was 76 years old when this production was made and he still manages to tower effortlessly over a stellar cast. Nominated for three BAFTAs, Michael Elliott's production for Granada Television set the benchmark for all other adaptations of this sad tale.

The ageing King Lear abdicates his throne and surrenders his kingdom to his three daughters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. How much land they get is dependant on how much love they show for him, to be demonstrated in a speech, but Cordelia refuses to play her father's senile games and is banished. Little does Lear understand that this is the first step on a path that could result in the destruction of the kingdom..., Laurence Olivier won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for his forceful and compelling performance as Lear in what is arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy - a story of misplaced trust, filial ingratitude, envy and the lust for power. Olivier was 76 years old when this production was made and he still manages to tower effortlessly over a stellar cast. Nominated for three BAFTAs, Michael Elliott's production for Granada Television set the benchmark for all other adaptations of this sad tale.

The ageing King Lear abdicates his throne and surrenders his kingdom to his three daughters - Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. How much land they get is dependant on how much love they show for him, to be demonstrated in a speech, but Cordelia refuses to play her father's senile games and is banished. Little does Lear understand that this is the first step on a path that could result in the destruction of the kingdom...

Special Features:

  • None listed.
Certificate:
15
Actor:
Colin Blakely

Anna Calder-Marshall

Brian Cox

Leo McKern

Diana Rigg

David Threlfall

Dorothy Tutin

John Hurt

Jeremy Kemp

Esmond Knight

Robert Lang

Robert Lindsay

Laurence Olivier

Edward Petherbridge
Director:
Michael Elliott
Region:
2
Aspect Ratio:
4:3
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
studio:
Network
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