In 1961, a 60-year old taxi driver namd Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent) stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first and only theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly, Bunton having long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television.
Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage to Dorothy (Helen Mirren). How and why he used the Duke to achieve that unfolds with considerable charm in this wonderfully uplifting tale, directed by the late Roger Michell.
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