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The Duke

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6.91 h 35 min202212
In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year-old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. What happened next is the stuff of legend…
Directors
Roger Michell
Starring
Jim BroadbentHelen MirrenFionn Whitehead
Genres
ComedyDrama
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None Available
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Matthew Goode
Producers
Nicky Bentham
Studio
Pathé
Content advisory
Alcohol usesmokingsexual content
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4.3 out of 5 stars

1079 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Ian PolkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 June 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Moderately entertaining for an hour and a half
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I decided to buy this - there were no rental options available - on the expectation that, with Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren in it, and the quirky nature of the true life character on which the film is centred, it might be a classic; but it isn't.
Aside from the actual key storyline, which is related professionally enough, it has none of the charm that I thought it might, either related to the characters or to the period and setting. It looked like it might in the first ten minutes or so but then neither of these eleemnts were developed further. Maybe the central true life character was monoplanar but I have never found anyone in real life to be so, and consequently here there was a failure in the writing.
There was also little scope in the writing either for Broadbent or Mirren to have any fun or to do anything more interesting, which is a pity, as, juding from the story alone, I would think they could have done a lot with it as actors, had they been in receipt of a different script.
A huge missed opportunity, I think.
6 people found this helpful
William HallReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Broadbent and Mirren as never before.
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First of all, despite one reviewer’s complaint, there are subtitles. Secondly, the plot, according to the main character’s living grandson, is authentic. Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent are far too accomplished to allow boredom to creep in. Mirren especially has to embrace a wide range of feeling, from irritation with the family who are not obeying her house rules to profound grief from the death of her daughter, made much worse when she realises what the others have done. The tenor of Broadbent’s role barely changes. At the end of the film he is still the jolly, kindly, well-read man he was at the beginning. If (like me) you know nothing of the real life story before you see the film you are in for a pleasant surprise and the court scene is terrific. The streets , with the kids playing outside and old-fashioned dustbins being emptied, remind me of my early days, as does the interior of the house…..furniture, kitchen, lighting being spot on. I loved it.
3 people found this helpful
bayman15Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 July 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Coming soon to a charity shop near me
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At the centre of this film is an absolutely lovely performance by Jim Broadbent. Given that the character he plays could be difficult to warm to, despite his noble ideals, he manages to evoke a lot of sympathy. Helen Mirren is also good, as ever.

But overall I’m struggling to understand that praise that’s been lavished on this film. OK, it’s a genuine British production and the visual period detail, so often an Achilles heel, is done very well. The sequence in London with Jim Broadbent being digitally inserted into footage of the time worked particularly well. However the script didn’t reflect 1961 and that spoiled the film for me!

So it’s a curate’s egg, Jim Broadbent makes it worth a watch but my copy will be making its way to the charity shop in the very near future.
One person found this helpful
JV-999Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliantly evocative - A must-see movie
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Brilliant, I laughed and cried i equal measure. Brilliant acting - great use of news and film clips from the time, great music too. Probably one of the best films I've ever seen. I watched it twice.
4 people found this helpful
HonestFeedbackReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgia, humour and the feel-good factor
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Although this is a nostalgic reminder of the grey, Spartan lives of ordinary folk in inner-city Britain in the 1960s, there's a real warmth in the sentiment of this movie. A story of one man's campaign to challenge societal inequality, there's an unexpected twist in the tale!

Helen Mirren is fantastic as the dour, bereaved mum struggling to keep her family afloat! Jim Broadbent makes this film though, despite his slightly muddled quasi-Geordie accent!

A lovely story, made all the better by its foundation in fact. Highly recommended!
One person found this helpful
firkinbooReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic
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What a great feel-good film. Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren can obviously do no wrong, so both excellent, but beyond that, this is just a quirky story about a real life Robin Hood that it is impossible not to warm to. Bit of sex but nothing violent so good for teenagers (mind you, these days what would have been an 18 in my days is now a 12 so who knows!)
2 people found this helpful
Terry LeneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 June 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dissappointing - lack lustre story
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Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren were both good but the story was weak and characters were there for 'padding'. Could have been a really good story with Broadbent and Mirren but fell short. Some good bits but overall mediocre because you never felt anything much for the characters. I bought this film on the spur of the moment at full price of £13.99 largely because of Broadbent and Mirren. Wasn't worth the money and I should have waited until it was £2.99. Would I watch it again? - Probably not
One person found this helpful
Dr MReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Proper comedy
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So, no sex or violence or OTT CG. No wham bam Hollywood, in your face action. This is a gentle film of a man of principle, played with subtlety by the man characters and avoiding making this more of a drama. Well done! The courtroom scenes are gems of UK humour. And, of course, the story is true. It is said that the only difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to make sense. If this were fiction, it would be absurd!!!
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