The Duke is the delightful ‘true-crime’ caper of how a 60-year
old taxi driver, Kempton Bunton (‘a glorious performance’ by Jim Broadbent) stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961.
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.
Helen Mirren plays Dorothy, his wife, and beautifully conveys both the exasperation and love she feels for her husband.
This is a moving and witty account of an art heist that gripped the nation.
Running time approx. 1 hour and 37 minutes.
IMDB rating : 6.9 / Rotten Tomatoes : 85%