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The Duke

Elderly taxi driver steals a painting from a London gallery for a good cause


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Surprisingly entertaining movie about a taxi driver who steals a painting from the National Gallery in London. Starring Oscar winners Helen Mirren ('The Queen') and Jim Broadbent ('Game of Thrones'), 'The Duke' is charming and both actors perform their roles very well - perhaps too well. Despite the humor being particularly British, it's effective comedy with messages about social justice that are quite relevant, even though the story is set in the 1960s. The movie has a great pace, keeping the narrative moving and not worrying about unnecessary details.



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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 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.

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