- Category: Coming Soon
- Published: Sunday, 27 June 2021 14:44
Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent star in an endearing true story of a man who stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from a London museum, and got away with it for 50 years. The Brits have done it again with another uplifting story featuring older adults. Watch the new trailer for THE DUKE.
THE DUKE opens in theaters this Fall. The movie also stars Matthew Goode, Fionne Whitehead, and directed by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL, CHANGING LANES)
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.