Rent The Duke (2020)

3.6 of 5 from 476 ratings
1h 35min
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Synopsis:
In 1961, 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 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Nicky Bentham
Writers:
Richard Bean, Clive Coleman
Studio:
Pathé
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Collections:
Getting to Know..., Getting to Know: Helen Mirren
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/06/2022
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making of 'The Duke'
  • Nothing But the Truth - featurette about the real story that inspired the film
  • Q&A with Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren and Nicky Bentham, hosted by Anna Smith
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/06/2022
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Making of 'The Duke'
  • Nothing But the Truth - featurette about the real story that inspired the film
  • Q&A with Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren and Nicky Bentham, hosted by Anna Smith

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Reviews (8) of The Duke

Wasted Opportunity - The Duke review by Rm

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19/06/2022

Sorely disappointed with this. I didn't managed to feel any connection with the characters here, and certainly no affection . The film starts slow and doesn't really warm up until the end which, does have some moments of levity. Perhaps this is how it really was, but this is a film based on the truth, and not the real truth. A truly missed opportunity to create an entertaining cutesy that the British do so well.

4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

Delightful Comedy Drama - The Duke review by GI

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13/03/2022

A delightful true crime caper and underdog story that has that streak of British eccentricity which will appeal especially to UK audiences. This tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of the portrait of the Duke Of Wellington by Goya from the National Gallery in 1961. Jim Broadbent, a national treasure if ever there was one, plays Kempton Bunton, who lives in the north east with his wife, Dorothy (Helen Mirren), who is constantly frustrated with Kempton's inability to keep a job because he can't help standing up to the establishment, his big cause being the paying of a TV licence for OAPs, so he refuses to have one of those too. When he sees how much the government have paid for the Wellington portrait he decides to 'kidnap' it for awhile and hold it for ransom. The police are convinced its a highly professional theft until Kempton decides he has to return it and he has to face the consequences. There's an element of comedy kitchen sink drama to this lovely little film made more funny and interesting by it being based on a true story. There's also a plot twist which makes it even more poignant. Overall this is a film enhanced by Broadbent especially and Mirren as his long suffering wife. There's the usual narrative digs at the class system which was very deeply ingrained at the times and the film has the air of the old Ealing style comedies making it very amusing and very watchable.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

A missed opportunity - The Duke review by JR

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08/09/2022

This is based on an extraordinary true story, but takes a formulaic 'plucky ordinary bloke takes on the might of the law' approach. It is watchable enough, but is one of those films that uses music to tell you what to think: jaunty music tells you to laugh, 'Jerusalem' tells you to feel proud and moved. Jim Broadbent is in full 'national treasure' mode, and Helen Mirren looks very odd with a frozen, expressionless face. There are some split screen moments - it didn't work in the sixties, and it doesn't now.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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