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Wilde (1997) More at IMDbPro »

Wilde -- This lush, historical drama is based on the late Richard Ellmann's definitive biography of creativegenius and author Oscar Wilde.


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1 May 1998 (USA) See more »
The story of the first modern man See more »
The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Fry ... Oscar Wilde

Jude Law ... Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas

Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Speranza Wilde

Jennifer Ehle ... Constance Lloyd Wilde

Gemma Jones ... Lady Queensberry

Judy Parfitt ... Lady Mount-Temple

Michael Sheen ... Robbie Ross

Zoë Wanamaker ... Ada Leverson

Tom Wilkinson ... Marquess of Queensberry

Ioan Gruffudd ... John Gray
Matthew Mills ... Lionel Johnson
Jason Morell ... Ernest Dowson

Peter Barkworth ... Charles Gill
Robert Lang ... C.O. Humphreys
Philip Locke ... Judge

David Westhead ... Edward Carson
Jack Knight ... Cyril Wilde
Jackson Leach ... Cyril Wilde, aged 4
Laurence Owen ... Vyvyan Wilde
Benedict Sandiford ... Alfred Wood
Mark Letheren ... Charles Parker
Michael Fitzgerald ... Alfred Taylor

Orlando Bloom ... Rent Boy
Bob Sessions ... Mine Owner

Adam Garcia ... Jones

Joseph May ... 1st Miner
Jamie Lee ... Friend (as Jamie Leene)

James D'Arcy ... Friend
Orlando Wells ... Undergraduate
Robin Kermode ... George Alexander
Avril Elgar ... Lady Bracknell (in stage production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest')
Jean Ainslie ... Miss Prism (in stage production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest')

Andrew Havill ... Algernon (in stage production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest')

Biddy Hodson ... Gwendolen (in stage production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest')
Judi Maynard ... Mrs. Allonby
Hugh Munro ... Rev. Chasuble (in stage production of 'The Importance of Being Earnest')
Michael Simkins ... Lord Illingworth
James Vaughan ... Hotel Manager

Richard Cubison ... Head Waiter

Christine Moore ... Nanny
John Bleasdale ... Warder
Peter Forbes ... Detective
Peter Harding ... Doorman at Cadogan
Edward Laurie ... Cabman

Geoffrey Leesley ... Policeman
Colin MacLachlan ... Prison Officer
Simon Molloy ... Prison Officer
Hywel Simons ... Reporter

Albert Welling ... Arthur
Arthur Whybrow ... Doorkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sacha Bennett ... Rent Boy (uncredited)

Kenneth W Caravan ... Court Room Heckler (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Man in Courtroom (uncredited)

Anthony Maddalena ... Rent Boy (uncredited)
Royston Munt ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian Gilbert 
Writing credits
Richard Ellmann (book)

Julian Mitchell 

Oscar Wilde  short story "The Selfish Giant" (uncredited)

Produced by
Rachel Cuperman .... assistant producer
Alex Graham .... executive producer
Alan Howden .... executive producer
Nick O'Hagan .... line producer
Deborah Raffin .... executive producer
Marc Samuelson .... producer
Peter Samuelson .... producer
Michael Viner .... executive producer
Michiyo Yoshizaki .... executive producer
Original Music by
Debbie Wiseman 
Cinematography by
Martin Fuhrer 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Casting by
Sarah Bird 
Production Design by
Maria Djurkovic 
Art Direction by
Sarah Hauldren 
Martyn John 
Costume Design by
Nic Ede 
Makeup Department
Eugenio Bagaglia .... additional makeup artist: Spain
Arrate Garmendia .... additional hair stylist: Spain
Pat Hay .... makeup artist
Helen Johnson .... makeup artist
Geraldine Jones .... hair stylist (as Gerry Jones)
Satur Merino .... additional hair stylist: Spain (as Saturnino Merino)
Liz Michie .... hair stylist
Sandra Mundi .... additional makeup artist: Spain
Stephen Rose .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mark Albela .... production manager
Gilly Case .... unit production manager
Marilla Elliott .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director
Alex Hester .... additional assistant director
Rodrigo Ruiz .... third assistant director
Manolo Santa Cruz .... second assistant director
Toby Sherborne .... second assistant director
Andrew Woodhead .... third assistant director
Art Department
Mick Boleyn .... construction manager (as Michael Boleyn)
Tanya Bowd .... assistant production buyer
David Chettleborough .... construction team
Dave Coley .... standby
David Coley .... stand-by carpenter
Noel Cowell .... stand-by props
Brian Dowling .... construction team
Judy Ducker .... production buyer
Jim Dyson .... construction team
John Gooch .... storeman
Clare Holland .... construction team
Steve Lazarides .... construction team
Ray McNeill .... construction team
Annette Powell .... construction buyer
Keith Slote .... assistant art director
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Peter Wilkinson .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
James Boyle .... assistant sound editor
Martin Cantwell .... foley artist
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Firsht .... boom operator
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Stefan Henrix .... dialogue editor
Steve Mayer .... boom operator
Becki Ponting .... assistant dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Bob Hollow .... special effects
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (as Terry Palmer)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Beneria .... focus puller: Spain
Joan Benet .... camera operator: Spain
Raimon Bufí .... grip: Spain (as Raimon Buficidit)
Martin Cox .... electrician
Liam Daniel .... still photographer
Tony K. Devlin .... best boy (as Tony Devlin)
Tony K. Devlin .... best boy
Terry Eden .... electrician
Sam Garwood .... focus puller
Steven Hall .... first assistant camera
Angus Hudson .... focus puller: dallies
Paul Kelly .... electrician
Josep Llopart .... electrician (as José Llopart)
Toni Llopart .... grip (as Antonio Llopart)
Mike Miller .... camera operator
Richard Philpott .... camera operator: second unit
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Darren Quinn .... key grip
Victor Santos .... electrician: Spain
Casting Department
Julia Gale .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lee Clayton .... costume cutter
Lee Clayton .... tailor
Ali Goss .... costume supervisor
Melissa Layton .... additional costume designer
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... set costumer
Angela Dodson Oxley .... costume assistant: Spain
Pilar Sainz de Vicuña .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Daryl Jordan .... first assistant editor
John Nuth .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Debbie Wiseman .... conductor
Transportation Department
Melvin Kiernan .... unit driver
Micky Webb .... transportation captain
Other crew
Maya Amsellem .... International Sales (WestEnd Films )
Linzi Baltrunas .... production runner
Beatriz Calvo .... production accountant: Spain
Anna Cassina .... production secretary: Spain
Julio Fernández .... location manager: Spain
Virginia Gilbert .... production trainee
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Fernando Matas .... first assistant location manager
Rachel Neale .... location manager
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Leon Samuelson .... production assistant
Eve Schoukroun .... International Sales (WestEnd Films )
Graham Smith .... unit publicist
Rachel Quigley Smith .... assistant production accountant
Amanda Stevens .... assistant location manager
Elizabeth West .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Oscar Wilde" - Germany, Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong sexuality and language
118 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Sting was considered for a cameo role and Theresa Russell was considered for the part of Wilde's wife.See more »
Anachronisms: When Oscar Wilde visits his wife's grave near Genoa, the headstone states "Wife of Oscar Wilde". It originally stated only "Constance Mary, daughter of Horace Lloyd, Q.C." and "Wife of Oscar Wilde" was not added until later.See more »
Marquess of Queensberry:[very drunk] Where d'you stand on cremation?
Oscar Wilde:I'm not sure I have a position.
Marquess of Queensberry:I'm for it. I wrote a poem about it. 'When I am dead, cremate me.' That's how it starts. 'When... I am dead... cremate me'. Whaddya think of that for an opening line?
Oscar Wilde:It's... challenging.
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37 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Mild Wilde, 17 October 2004
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

Playwright, celebrated wit and persecuted homosexual Oscar Wilde is excellently portrayed by Stephen Fry in this biopic but without a hint of the expected waspishness. Instead, we see Wilde as a kindly, sensitive, almost avuncular man. What's more surprising is the parallel absence of manifest sordidness, self-loathing, or desperation, which one might have assumed would have been par for the course in an age where homosexuality was stigmatised and criminal. But as 'Wilde' tells it, Oscar, on discovering his true nature in early middle age, then enjoyed a number of halcyon years in a gay literary milieu, tensioned only by the childish behaviour of his lover, Bosie, and was taken quite by surprise when he suddenly became a figure of public scandal. Which may have been the case, but it makes for a less pressing and gripping drama than one might have hoped for. What's interesting is Wilde's defence in court, which has very little to do with "normal" homosexual behaviour or ordinary human relationships, but which rather comprised a divine idealisation of the bond between a wise older person and a beautiful younger one: hardly the sort of argument that gay rights campaigners would make today. A special credit should go to the team responsible for allowing Fry to appear so convincingly both a dashing young twenty year old and a ruined man, on the verge of death. But this is a mild and indulgent film.

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