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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.



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Patrol Policeman
Cato Sandford ...
Rent Boy
Lady Radley
Nathan Rosen ...
Lord Kelso (as Jeffrey Lipman Snr)
Louise Kempton ...


A naïve young man. A lovelorn artist. A corruptible Lord. A deal with the Devil. It all paints a dark picture of a Victorian London and how the rich and infamous party at their peril. Here, the telling of time and its consequence of experience for life's treasures' takes its toll on the body, mind and soul. The haunting and bleak tale of power, greed, vanity and inevitable self-destruction is ever present amongst the deceit, opium dens and sin. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Forever Young. Forever Cursed.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including nudity, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El retrato de Dorian Gray  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£883,148 (UK) (11 September 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Colin Firth and Emilia Fox, who play a married couple in this film, also starred as family members in the 1995 BBC Production of Pride and Prejudice (1995); only in that film, they were siblings. See more »


In where Dorian is fighting Jim in the train station tunnel, you can see the sleepers and spikes. The spikes seen were not in use in 1890 when the novel was written, nor the era when the film is set. See more »


Basil Hallward: You shouldn't believe every word Harry says. He doesn't.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, one of the pieces of music played is listed as Haydn's "Sting Quartet" Op 76 No 4. See more »


Version of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) See more »


Sadness Waltz
Written by H.C. Lumbye (as Hans Christian Lumbye)
Performed by Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos Records/Marco Polo 8.225223
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User Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable
15 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been puzzled by the negative reviews i've seen for this as i really enjoyed it. It looks superb, with some excellent atmospheric Victorian locations. Ben Barnes is perfect as Dorian, good looking but not bland & still sympathetic throughout the film. The character of Emily which has been invented for the film works very well, and Colin Firth is magnificent in his pivotal role. Dorians gradual deprivation is well shown without heading off into exploitation and he is given real depth. His tragedy is very obvious.I must admit to not having read the original book as yet, but I do intend to now. I really enjoyed it but for its full benefit I recommend seeing it at the cinema.

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