THE DUKE

Rating: M
Length: 95 mins
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode, Fionn Whitehead
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THE DUKE is the true story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history.

Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly – he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge – Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage – how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

“Jim Broadbent is astounding!” – The Times

“Funny and moving”- The Hollywood Reporter

“A sweet swan song for director Roger Michell, The Duke offers a well-acted and engaging dramatization of an entertainingly improbable true story.” – Rotten Tomatoes

“Funny, silly and just a damn good time at the pictures.” – Little White Lies

“Throughout everything Broadbent is astounding, both foolish and infuriating, but also deeply sympathetic.” – Times (UK)

“A perfectly nimble, kind-hearted bit of teatime entertainment – ideally tailored to Jim Broadbent in one of his most appealing big-screen roles.” – Variety

“This is the kind of British film with international appeal: the venerable cast, genial tone, inspirational story, and mischievous English eccentricity are all present and correct. Settle in, preferably with a nice cup of tea to hand, and enjoy.” – IndieWire

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