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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elisabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by ... See full summary »

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Kevin Collins ...
Lightborn, the Jailor
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Spencer
Dudley Sutton ...
Bishop of Winchester
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Kent
Jody Graber ...
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Chorus of Nobility
Barbara New ...
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Andrea Miller ...
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Brian Mitchell ...
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David Glover ...
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John Quentin ...
Chorus of Nobility
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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elisabethan drama, in modern costumes and settings, Plantagenet king Edward II hands the power-craving nobility the perfect excuse by taking as lover besides his diplomatic wife, the French princess Isabel, not an acceptable lady at court but the ambitious Piers Gaveston, who uses his favor in bed even to wield political influence - the stage is set for a palace revolt which sends the gay pair from the throne to a terminal torture dungeon. Written by KGF Vissers

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throne | nobility | lover | gay | king | See All (154) »

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A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love.

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language | See all certifications »
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31 October 1992 (Japan)  »

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£750,000 (estimated)

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$694,438 (USA)
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Film debut of Steven Waddington. See more »

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[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Composed by James Pierpont
Performed and arranged by Simon Fisher-Turner
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Elegantly filmed minor masterwork.
4 July 1999 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

This beautifully filmed, strangely erotic minor masterwork is Derek Jarman at his best. Dark and brooding, Jarman draws the viewer into the world of medieval England while still being his unusual, original self. Homoerotic without being blatant about its pro-gay leanings, Jarman tells a story of doomed love in a time where certain loves were life threatening.


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