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My Kingdom (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Crime | 11 October 2002 (UK)
Modern story inspired by King Lear set in contemporary Liverpool.

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Cast

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Sandeman
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The Boy
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Mandy
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Quick
Emma Catherwood ...
Jo
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Puttnam
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Kath
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Dean
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Jug
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Tracy
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The Chair
James Foy ...
Animal
James McMartin ...
Mineral
Danny Lawrence ...
Tigger
Gerard Starkey ...
Minder
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Storyline

A powerful dynasty, headed by a charismatic, manipulative father, falls when he decides to hand over his criminal empire to his three corrupt and power-hungry daughters. Kath runs a brothel down by the docks, Tracy owns a soccer team and Jo, a former junkie--and prostitute--rejects her inheritance, pitting sisters Kath and Tracy against each other. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crime Kingdom  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,607 (USA) (6 December 2002)

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$2,607 (USA) (6 December 2002)
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1.78 : 1
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The film was never released in North America, except for a one-week "memorial" showing in Los Angeles in December 2002, after Richard Harris's death. See more »

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Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
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Mr Sandeman
12 November 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It's a fallacy, of course, that you can't go wrong with great source material, judging by the unholy slew of variable Shakespeare knock-offs perennially cluttering cinemas. This is one of the better ones.

Legendary British director-producer Don Boyd (the man behind Scum and The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle), uses 'King Lear' as the premise for an uncompromising tale of family (dis)loyalties, played out against the violent backdrop of gangland Liverpool.

Following his wife's murder in a street mugging, weary crime boss Sandeman (Harris) entrusts his sizeable criminal dynasty to his three daughters - one of whom, Jo (Catherwood), flatly refuses to play ball, as the other power-crazed pair, Tracey (Pilkington) and Kath (Lombard), plot his downfall. Meanwhile, a veteran customs agent, Quick (Bell), is also doggedly on his tail, determined to send him down before they both retire.

Though not the first attempt to ground Shakespeare in such territory (1955's Joe MacBeth was a misguided attempt to transpose the Scottish Play to New York's criminal underworld), My Kingdom delivers with considerable panache. While most of the basic story elements are in place, writers Boyd and 'Guardian' journalist Davies carefully avoid a straight re-telling (many lines here being playful nods to other Shakespeare works, in any case). Instead, they employ smart, darkly funny spins - witness the siblings' competing eulogies by Karaoke to their dead mother.

The performances here, from a top-flight British and Irish cast, are exemplary. Harris, as the shattered Sandeman, proves one needn't have lived the life of a cloistered monk to produce great performances in your seventies.


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