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Edward II (1991)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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Brian Mitchell ...
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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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Trivia

The poem which Allan Corduner reads from in front of the King is Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. 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

Featured in Derek Jarman: Life as Art (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed and arranged by Dean Broderick
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Avoid This
25 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My advice is to avoid this film and try and see a stage version instead.

It is highly unfair, I think, to criticise Marlowe's writing capabilities based on this rather terrible rendition of his play Edward II, as another user has commented on. In this film lines are swapped between characters, scenes are drastically changed, new scenes are added in and key scenes and characters are omitted. The whole film stands as a rather disfigured version of the original play.

Of course perhaps it could be said also to be unfair to criticise it's lack of loyalty to Marlowe's script, after all it is an adaptation. Looking at it simply as a movie it still creates rather laughable viewing. The actors talents are wasted on the directors odd obsession with the surreal and abstract, which is just simply random and out of place. And an odd musical cameo from Annie Lennox just adds to the madness.

To look at the positives yes there are some imaginative shots and several scenes are performed and presented well but as a whole it appears as a rather flimsy and hastily put together film that would be more suited as a three part drama on ITV.


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