THE DUKE is set in 1961 when Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), 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 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 – a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and in so doing saved his son and his marriage. THE DUKE features "truly joyous" performances from Broadbent and Dame Helen Mirren.
R, 96 min.
"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
"If Jim Broadbent ever felt inclined to commit a high-stakes art heist, THE DUKE is proof that he would probably get away with it. He’s that disarmingly winsome." – Independent (UK)
"The kind of heist movie that will steal your affections from under your nose. An Ealing-esque comedy with its heart exactly in the right place, it proves a fitting farewell for the multitalented director, Roger Michell." – Empire Magazine
"Funny, silly and just a damn good time at the pictures." – Little White Lies