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In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, 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.

Cast & Crew

Jim Broadbent
Kempton Bunton
Fionn Whitehead
Jackie Bunton
Craig Conway
Mr. Walker
Michael Adams
PC Inverdale
Richard Bean
Screenwriter
Clive Coleman
Screenwriter
Jenny Borgars
Executive Producer
Hugo Heppell
Executive Producer
Cameron McCracken
Executive Producer
Peter Scarf
Executive Producer
Mike Eley
Cinematographer
George Fenton
Original Music
Kristian Milsted
Production Design
Adam Tomlinson
Art Director
Libby Uppington
Set Decoration
Dinah Collin
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Critic Reviews for The Duke

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (13)

  • Britain hasn't lost the ability to make films like this after all. We've had it stashed in the back of the wardrobe all along.

    October 12, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Bring your mum and your gran (or anyone's gran if yours is not available) preferably to a matinee, and you'll have a delightful time and be home, whistling cheerfully, in time for tea.

    October 12, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Throughout everything Broadbent is astounding, both foolish and infuriating, but also deeply sympathetic.

    October 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman is full of delightfully droll dialogue, and director Roger Michell keeps things as light and sharp as lemon soufflé.

    September 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Clever from the title on down.

    September 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Broadbent's considerable charisma as a prototype social justice warrior is just about enough to pull the rag-and-bone cart home on a film which becomes more defiantly contrived as it goes on.

    September 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Britain hasn't lost the ability to make films like this after all. We've had it stashed in the back of the wardrobe all along.

    October 12, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Bring your mum and your gran (or anyone's gran if yours is not available) preferably to a matinee, and you'll have a delightful time and be home, whistling cheerfully, in time for tea.

    October 12, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Throughout everything Broadbent is astounding, both foolish and infuriating, but also deeply sympathetic.

    October 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The script by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman is full of delightfully droll dialogue, and director Roger Michell keeps things as light and sharp as lemon soufflé.

    September 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing mind-blowing in the serene storytelling, but as enjoyable as the film can be, what's not to like about observing the Buntons' dynamics?

    July 23, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This spry and sometimes sentimental caper from Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is an unabashed crowd-pleaser, with a real-life Robin Hood at its centre.

    June 24, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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