• The King Is Alive (2001)

The King Is Alive

Release Date: May 11th, 2001

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 2002

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

Production Co: Good Machine, Newmarket Capital Group, Nordic Film & TV Fund

Distributors: IFC Films

Keywords: Survival , Intense , Fall , Mystery , Emotional , Rivalry , 2000s , Escape , Death ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It doesn't make the slightest effort to cater to conventional appetites. But the more you appreciate what they're trying to do, the more you like it. show more

  • 75
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Fascinating and strangely involving piece.

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

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

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