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Revengers Tragedy (2002)

 |  Drama  |  14 February 2003 (UK)
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From cult director Alex Cox (Repo Man; Sid and Nancy) comes this modernised adaptation of Thomas Middleton's celebrated play from 1607. It tells the story of a man whose wife is murdered on... See full summary »

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From cult director Alex Cox (Repo Man; Sid and Nancy) comes this modernised adaptation of Thomas Middleton's celebrated play from 1607. It tells the story of a man whose wife is murdered on their wedding day and his desire to exact revenge on the murderer. Set in a post-apocalyptic Liverpool of the future, Vindici (Christopher Eccleston - Let Him have It; Elizabeth; 28 Days Later; Tv's Dr Who) returns from a self-imposed exile to bring down those responsible for his wife's murder. While his family have fallen on hard times, the murderer - known as The Duke (Derek Jacobi - Day of the Jackal; Gosford Park; Tv's- I Claudius) - has become rich, p Written by Anonymous

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Last cinema film of Anthony Booth - He made one more film that was only shown at film festivals. See more »

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The Duke blinks right before Vindici tells him he has taken a pill to prevent blinking. See more »

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[after her son orders her arrested]
The Duchess: Are you so barbarous to set iron nipples upon these breasts that gave you suck?
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Excellent movie - but read/watch the play first
7 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent adaptation of the play, which penguin classics claims Tourneur wrote, not Middleton, by the way.

Christopher Eccleston is superb in acting Vindice as a fanatically hilarious psychopath, and the modern twists to give it present day significance also work well.

However the language is quite difficult to understand, indeed I would say reading the play is important to gain some perspective into what is actually occurring, and to keep in mind as you watch it, especially th subtle changes, and a more satisfying ending than that given in the play. However it is quite advisable to never question the plausibility of the events in the play actually occurring, in essence it would make little sense, however I recommend you suspend your disbelief and be carried along on this imaginary journey into the surreal and meaningful.


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