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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kevin Collins ...
Lightborn, the Jailor
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Piers Gaveston
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Spencer
Dudley Sutton ...
Bishop of Winchester
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Kent
Jody Graber ...
Prince Edward
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Chorus of Nobility
Barbara New ...
Chorus of Nobility
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)  »

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Eduardo II  »

Box Office

Budget:

£750,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$694,438 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Steven Waddington. 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

Version of Edward II (1982) See more »

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Every Time We Say Goodbye
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Ariola
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Completely entrancing
25 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What an exhilarating, entrancing, searing piece of work. Oh, it did cost me a bit to go along with the dialogue so easily, but the whole thing was just fantastic. The ensemble cast seems to be having the time of their lives speaking all of these juicy dramatic lines. Tilda Swinton, especially, manages to go beyond my expectations to deliver an all-time worthy performance. This is what she's best at, this sort of icy, hypnotizing, ethereal role, and she more than delivers. In a film full of wonderful performances, she stands at the very top. The whole thing is just completely and utterly mesmerizing, impossible to look away.


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