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Cast

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Kevin Collins ...
Lightborn, the Jailor
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Piers Gaveston
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Spencer
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Bishop of Winchester
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Kent
Jody Graber ...
Prince Edward
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Chorus of Nobility
Barbara New ...
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Andrea Miller ...
Chorus of Nobility
Brian Mitchell ...
Chorus of Nobility
David Glover ...
Chorus of Nobility
John Quentin ...
Chorus of Nobility
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In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan 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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A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for some language | See all certifications »

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18 October 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Eduardo II  »

Box Office

Budget:

£750,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$694,438 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

About 90 members of OutRage, a British gay political action group, took part in the riot scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Connections

Referenced in Designing 'The Long Day Closes' (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Time We Say Goodbye
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Ariola
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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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