Old. Not Obsolete.

From the late director of Notting Hill, The Duke sees Jim Broadbent play a taxi driver turned painting thief as part of a charming comedy heist tale that preaches: look after your elders!

Article Published on 03.12.2021

Words Aaron Potter

Legendary British actor Jim Broadbent lends his charming tweeness to a different kind of heist adventure in The Duke. Based on a true story, Broadbent plays a humble taxi driver from Newcastle who, not content with letting his fellow olds continue to be overlooked by the government system, one-day decides to rob the prized Duke of Wellington portrait from London’s National Gallery. His plan? Hold a ransom until those in power dedicate better investment for the elderly in care.

But that’s really just the beginning of this extraordinary tale.

As the late Roger Michell’s final film, The Duke comes packed with that quintessential sense of British wryness one would expect, infusing real-life events with a heartwarming story featuring some of Britain’s best acting talent. Helen Mirren, for instance, portrays Broadbent’s onscreen wife Dorothy who’s  oblivious to what’s gone on at first, but is always there to keep her husband in check.

The cast is further rounded out by Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode, Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead, and Anna Maxwell Martin of Line Of Duty fame. After stealing attention as a critical darling on the festival circuit, The Duke arrives ahead of awards season to charm and delight us all.

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