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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

About 90 members of OutRage, a British gay political action group, took part in the riot scene. 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

Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed and arranged by Dean Broderick
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14th Century Gay-Bashing á la Derek Jarmam
8 February 2003 | by tim.halkinSee all my reviews

Definitely Derek Jarman's most refined film. That said, refined for Jarman is bizarre for most.

Based VERY loosely on Christopher Marlowe's play from 1592, however, should be view in its own light / right. Whereas it does tend to capture the wonderful Marlow language, this is no "Shakespeare" here! It's a brilliantly acted ensemble piece, set in Jarman's abstract vision of the world, with a core message that is as valid today as it must have been shocking then.

Jarman "paints" his film - as he always did - not in any logical manner or order, but like a mosaic of images, creating a whole and a statement - a strong statement about intolerance in this case.

This one might even be palatable for non-Jarman fans.


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