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William Shakespeare's King Lear is transposed into a modern-dress British crime drama in this tense tale of family ties and the lust for power. Sandeman (Richard Harris) is the elderly leader of a Liverpool crime syndicate who is fiercely loyal to his wife Mandy (Lynn Redgrave) and his daughters Jo (Emma Catherwood), Tracy (Lorraine Pilkington), and Kath (Louise Lombard). When Mandy is shot dead during a street robbery, Sandeman is shattered, and decides it's time to turn the business over to one of his daughters. Jo, the middle child, has long been Sandeman's favorite, and he… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Richard Harris is at his weariest, battle-scarred best..."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Gaunt, silver-haired and leonine, [Harris] brings a tragic dimension and savage full-bodied wit and cunning to the aging Sandeman."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Leading man Harris and director Boyd are still capable of invigorating British cinema with style and flair."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"We spend so much time trying desperately to get everything straight in our minds that the raw punch of the material passes us by."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Watching Harris ham it up while physically and emotionally disintegrating over the course of the movie has a certain poignancy in light of his recent death, but Boyd's film offers little else of consequence."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Neither an effective gangland thriller nor an achieved elegy for a lord undone."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"A baffling subplot involving smuggling drugs inside Danish cows falls flat, and if you're going to alter the Bard's ending, you'd better have a good alternative."
‑ Dan Fienberg, L.A. Weekly
"A fun retelling of the Lear story, taking great liberties with the play's text that makes for a certain amount of suspense even for those intimately familiar with the original."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Suffice it to say that Shakespeare's sudden and violent ending doesn't translate well into a British crime drama."
‑ Darrin Keene, Film Threat
"Without Shakespeare's eloquent language, the update is dreary and sluggish."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
"Whereas last year's exemplary Sexy Beast seemed to revitalize the British gangster movie, this equally brutal outing merely sustains it."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Harris commands the screen, using his frailty to suggest the ravages of a life of corruption and ruthlessness."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Would get no love were it not for Harris' powerful performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Harris's performance is one for the ages, but the others are also up to his mark."
‑ Tony Medley,
"The cast reigns supreme, especially Harris, whose regal presence as the aging emperor of gangland grounds the story even as it suffers from narrative overload."
‑ , E! Online
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