The Duke

The Duke is set in 1961 when 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 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.


Running Time 96

Genre Comedy, Drama

MPAA Rating R

Helen Mirren
Jim Broadbent
Craig Conway
Fionn Whitehead
Simon Hubbard
Jack Bandeira

Directed by
Roger Michell

Written by
Richard Bean
Clive Coleman