Edward II (1991)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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






Release Date:

18 October 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Eduardo II  »

Box Office


£750,000 (estimated)


$694,438 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Film debut of Steven Waddington. See more »


[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Boring and Confused Gay Low-Budget Movie
29 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This gay adaptation of Christopher Marlowe play about the passion of the British King Edward II for a plebeian made by Derek Jarman, who died of AIDS in 1994, is very boring and confused. The film was shot on a stage, but the screenplay is very unpleasant and I could not wait for the end of the movie. I was attracted by the names of Tilda Swinton, John Lynch and Annie Lennox, and in the end, only the Lennox singing Cole Porter's "Every Time We Say Goodbye" was worthwhile. The DVD released in Brazil is unbelievably dubbed in Spanish, i.e., a British movie dubbed in Spanish to make it worse. In my opinion, "Edward II" might be mainly recommended for gay and very specific audiences. I had the displeasure of watching this flick on DVD on 27 August 2005. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Eduardo II" ("Edward II")

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