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Revengers Tragedy (2002)

In a post-apocalyptic Liverpool, a man returns seeking revenge for his wife's murder -- and everyone speaks perfect Jacobean English.

Director:

Alex Cox

Writers:

Frank Cottrell Boyce (adaptation), Thomas Middleton (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Eccleston ... Vindici
Kevin Knapman Kevin Knapman ... Firework
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Bomber
Kristopher Lundon Kristopher Lundon ... 2nd Thug
Joe Cottrell Boyce Joe Cottrell Boyce ... 4th Thug (as Joseph Cottrell Boyce)
Jean Butler Jean Butler ... Gloriana
Andrew Schofield ... Carlo
Paul Reynolds ... Junior
Justin Salinger ... Ambitioso
Eddie Izzard ... Lussurioso
Marc Warren ... Supervacuo
Fraser Ayres ... Spurio
James McMartin James McMartin ... Boy
Ged McCormack Ged McCormack ... Referee
Sammy Duplay Sammy Duplay ... Lad (as Sam du Play)
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Storyline

From cult Director Alex Cox (Repo Man (1984), Sid and Nancy (1986)) comes this modernized 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 (1991), Elizabeth (1998), 28 Days Later... (2002), Doctor Who (2005)) 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 (Sir Derek Jacobi - The Day of the Jackal (1973), Gosford Park (2001), I, Claudius (1976)) - has become rich.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2003 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The coat worn by Vindici (Christopher Eccleston) belonged to Director Alex Cox. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Vindici: Pistols! Treason! Guards! Help! My lord, the Duke, is murdered!
Lussurioso: [puzzled] No, I'm not.
[Vindici stabs him]
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Superb Modernization
12 August 2005 | by kleist-1See all my reviews

Clever screen modernizations of classic drama make sense to me. I loved Ethan Hawke in HAMLET, Emma Thompson in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Kevin Klein in A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM, etc.

This is a masterful adaptation/reformulation of THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY. It's intelligent, fast-paced, witty, shocking, engaging, and faithful to the spirit of the original.

I intend to use it in conjunction with teaching the original to Advanced Placement English students in a public high school.

As a certain 20th-century poet said, "Don't criticize what you can't understand." This is a nearly flawless production for anyone who loves the history of theater or who loves great cinema.


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