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Edward II (1991)

In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan 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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Derek Jarman

Writers:

Christopher Marlowe (play), Derek Jarman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Waddington ... Edward II
Kevin Collins Kevin Collins ... Lightborn, the Jailor
Andrew Tiernan ... Piers Gaveston
John Lynch ... Spencer
Dudley Sutton ... Bishop of Winchester
Tilda Swinton ... Isabella
Jerome Flynn ... Kent
Jody Graber Jody Graber ... Prince Edward
Nigel Terry ... Mortimer
Jill Balcon ... Chorus of Nobility
Barbara New Barbara New ... Chorus of Nobility
Andrea Miller Andrea Miller ... Chorus of Nobility
Brian Mitchell Brian Mitchell ... Chorus of Nobility
David Glover David Glover ... Chorus of Nobility
John Quentin John Quentin ... Chorus of Nobility
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Storyline

In this Derek Jarman version of Christopher Marlowe's Elizabethan 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 | gay | king | sex scene | See All (151) »

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A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love.

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eduardo II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,701, 6 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$694,438
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

With a budget of £750,000, this was the most expensive of Derek Jarman's movies. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Connections

Referenced in Designing 'The Long Day Closes' (2014) See more »

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Every Time We Say Goodbye
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Annie Lennox
Courtesy of BMG Ariola
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Pretentious
23 March 2002 | by joanribaSee all my reviews

I think a couple of cinema school students have met to create this film, trying to make something "different". It makes a strange mixture of present and past, not 100% convincing. They seems to me more concentrated in the costumes, than in the film itself, it was like a mode parade. Symbology too pretentious.


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