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R| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play. However the choice of King Lear only manages to plunge this disparate group of travelers into turmoil as they struggle to overcome both nature's wrath and their own morality.

Cast: Miles Anderson , Romane Bohringer , David Bradley , David Calder , Bruce Davison , Brion James , Peter Kubheka , Vusi Kunene

Director: Kristian Levring

Genres: Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

The King is Alive (2000)

Release Date: May 11th, 2000|1 hr. 48 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 25
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Chronicle

    Builds into a shapeless riff on the existentialist misery of company. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A deeper problem in The King Is Alive is an almost total absence of spontaneity. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fascinating and strangely involving piece. show more

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