My Kingdom (film)

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My Kingdom is a 2001 British crime film directed by Don Boyd and starring Richard Harris, Lynn Redgrave and Jimi Mistry.

It premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival but failed to make an impression[1]

A break, dinner and then one last film: Don Boyd’s My Kingdom, a modern reworking of King Lear with Richard Harris as an ageing mobster who carves out his ‘kingdom’ to his two vile daughters. A lethargic and slow moving piece, Harris is dull in this one, and the movie rambles on with its forgettable characters that remain poorly defined. It was easy to sleep after viewing this disappointing bore of a film.

The following year My Kingdom grossed $2,607 on its opening weekend in Los Angeles for an eventual domestic gross of $4,296 in its US release.[2]

The film, co-scripted by Boyd with Nick Davies and drawing on both their researches into the London and Liverpool criminal underworld (which in Boyd's case included the Kray bothers), brought Boyd into conflict with its principal lead Richard Harris, who wanted to rewrite the script.[3][4] The film subsequently received mixed reviews while generally acknowledging a fine performance from Harris who was nominated for a British Independent Film Award.[5][6]



  1. ^ Paul Fischer: Toronto Film Festival – 2001
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo: My Kingdom
  3. ^ Shooting? That was too good for Billy...
  4. ^ The directors: Don Boyd on directing Richard Harris
  5. ^ My Kingdom (2001) at Rotten Tomatoes
  6. ^ British Independent Film Awards 2002

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