At The Cinema  •  Coming Soon  •  March 31, 2022 The Duke

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THE DUKE is the true story of Kempton Bunton, a 60-year old taxi driver, who 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.

Director
Roger Michell
Writers
Richard Bean
Clive Coleman
Cast
Jim Broadbent
Helen Mirren
Matthew Goode
Fionn Whitehead
Official Selection
Venice Film Festival 2020
Run time
96min
Genre
Biopic
Comedy
Drama