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Edward II (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, History  |  18 October 1991 (UK)
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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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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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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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Eduardo II  »

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£750,000 (estimated)

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$694,438 (USA)
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The poem which Allan Corduner reads from in front of the King is Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. 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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Every Time We Say Goodbye
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Annie Lennox
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Why Edward II was not so good.
22 August 2002 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

Tilda Swinton is great, and the Act Up/Gay is good message is great, but what's not so good is the portrayal of Piers and the King. They're obnoxious, rude, and hurtful. It's sad because it seems there are perfectly valid reasons to hate and overthrow them that have nothing to do with heterosexism. Oh, and Annie Lennox is great too, but interrupting the movie for a fawning music video was a strange move.


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