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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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Kevin Collins ...
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Spencer
Dudley Sutton ...
Bishop of Winchester
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Barbara New ...
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Brian Mitchell ...
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David Glover ...
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John Quentin ...
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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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throne | nobility | lover | gay | king | See All (154) »

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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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31 October 1992 (Japan)  »

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£750,000 (estimated)

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$694,438 (USA)
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Film debut of Steven Waddington. See more »

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Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Referenced in The Gospel According to St Derek (2014) See more »

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Divertimento in F major, K138 - Andante
Composed by 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart"
Performed by Elektra Quartet
Arranged by 'Jocelyne Pook'
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Thoroughly brilliant
20 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Edward II makes a brilliant hodge-podge of history by vaulting a sixteenth century play about a fourteenth century English king onto a dark, abstract twentieth century stage. Iconoclastic, yes; anachronistic, yes; imbecilic, no. While on the page Marlowe's poetry speaks for itself, in director Derek Jarman's hands it provides a counterpoint to the film's daring, elegant, eloquent visuals. King Edward and his lover, Piers Gaveston, are attacked by the raving heteronormative toffs for their homosexuality and Gaveston's less-than-aristocratic background. Great moments include a cameo by Annie Lennox and a bull's-eye by Tilda Swinton.


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