Two well dressed people stand on either side of Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington
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The Duke

May 29, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Oscar winners Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren star in this priceless story of how one man stole a national treasure—then stole the nation's hearts.

21/22 Hop Film

THE DUKE | Official Trailer (2021)


This ridiculously charming (and true) British tale begins in 1961 when 60-year-old cabbie Kempton Bunton (Broadbent) steals 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. D: Roger Michell, UK, 2020

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