The Duke

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Based on a real art theft, the great Jim Broadbent stars as an older taxi driver who stole a priceless portrait from London's National Gallery. His ransom? Free television for the elderly. From the director of Notting Hill, co-starring Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey) and the almighty Helen Mirren. More

In 1961, Kempton Bunton (Broadbent) 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 agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. 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...

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2020Rating: 12A, infrequent strong language, moderate sex, discrimination96 minsUK
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The Guardian

The Guardian

Michell’s delightful true-crime caper comes bolstered by a terrific lead performance from Jim Broadbent...

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Variety

Variety

A tall true story... with enjoyable bounce and a surprising political conscience.

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Financial Times

Financial Times

A warm and witty crowd-pleaser.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A funny-moving story enjoyably retold with classic British understatement and just the right twist at the end...

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The Times

The Times

The spirit of Frank Capra bounces buoyantly back to life in this feelgood dramedy...

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Bunton’s absurd-but-true quest has the unmistakable zing of a classic Ealing caper...

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

The Duke does droll to gentle perfection.

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The Duke | Release Details

The Duke is now playing in 14 cinemas in the United Kingdom. The Duke is available to stream in the United Kingdom now on Prime Video Store.