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The Duke (2021)

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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.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (13)

It's very entertaining, droll, and sudsy. There will always be an England.

December 23, 2021 | Full Review…

A lively and engaging account of the unusual 1961 theft of Francisco Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London's National Gallery and the eccentric do-gooder at the center of it all.

December 9, 2021 | Full Review…

The Duke does droll to gentle perfection.

September 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The film misses an opportunity to delve particularly deeply into the keenly relevant issues of inequality and social disconnection that so animate its protagonist.

September 9, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This stranger-than-fiction heist yarn has now been made into a loveable comedy drama directed by Roger Michell...

August 30, 2021 | 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…

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