Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren star as Kempton and Dorothy Bunton, an ageing husband and wife in early 60s Newcastle, who are solidly socialist and working class. Except Kempton is also a bit of a crook.....
‘Michell’s delightful true-crime caper comes bolstered by a terrific lead performance from Jim Broadbent, rattling about the red-brick terraces of early 1960s Newcastle… What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is. “The Duke” is unashamedly sentimental and resolutely old-fashioned in the best sense of the term: a design classic built along the same lines as “That Sinking Feeling”, “A Private Function” or 50s Ealing comedies.’—Xan Brooks, The Guardian
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