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The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is whispered and gossiped as a romantic ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Lady Wilde
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Charles Humphries
Paul Rogers ...
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At the height of his fame (his plays being much celebrated in London in the 1890's), Oscar Wilde angers the Marquis of Queensberry by having what is whispered and gossiped as a romantic relationship with Queensberry's son, twenty years Wilde's junior. When Queensberry slanders Wilde, the arrogant artist decides to take the matter to court, and brings about his own downfall. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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May 1960 (UK)  »

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The Green Carnation  »

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Trivia

John Gielgud wrote that he was originally offered the role of Wilde, having had major successes directing Wilde's plays "Lady Windemere's Fan" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (the latter also being one of Gielgud's most famous non-Shakespearean acting roles). He turned the film down, writing "no one could look less like Wilde than I do, not even Peter Finch." See more »

Goofs

Queensberry leaves Wilde a card accusing him of "posing as a sodomite". The real Queensberry misspelled the word as "somdomite"; presumably this was changed for clarity's sake. See more »

Quotes

[the Marquis of Queensbury hands an insulting bouquet of vegetables to Oscar Wilde]
Oscar Wilde: How charming. Every time I smell them I shall think of you, Lord Queensbury.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON in the 1890's See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Die Fledermaus
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Music by Johann Strauss
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pretty good
14 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had heard of Oscar Wilde before but i didn't know who he was. I had seen the 1945 version of The picture of dorion Gray but i didn't know he wrote it. This movie has Wilde being put on trial for having homosexual relations, there's more to it but I'm too lazy to put it down. Peter Finch does a good job and James Mason is the main reason i wanted this, but i didn't know he was basically only in one long scene as the defense attorney.


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