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Edward II (1991)

Unrated | | Drama, History, Romance | 18 October 1991 (UK)
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 »


Derek Jarman


Christopher Marlowe (play), Derek Jarman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Waddington ... Edward II
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


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 (154) »


A classic tale of sex, revenge, and love.


Drama | History | Romance


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


[first lines]
Edward II: My father is deceased. Come Gaveston, and share the kingdom with thy dearest friend.
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Version of Edward II (1982) See more »


Jingle Bells
Composer James Pierpont
Performed and arranged by Simon Fisher-Turner (as Simon Fisher Turner)
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Thoroughly brilliant
20 March 2005 | by jeannine1980See 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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Release Date:

18 October 1991 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


Box Office


GBP750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,318, 22 March 1992

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1.66 : 1
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