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The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983)

A young woman sells her soul for eternal youth and beauty, while her screen test grows elderly and depraved to behold.

Director:

Tony Maylam

Writers:

Kenneth August (as Ken August), Peter Lawrence | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Henry Lord
Belinda Bauer ... Dorian Gray
Joseph Bottoms ... Stuart Vane
Olga Karlatos Olga Karlatos ... Sofia Lord
Michael Ironside ... Alan Campbell
Caroline Yeager Caroline Yeager ... Angela Vane
Patsy Rahn ... Tracy
Roxanne Moffitt Roxanne Moffitt ... Marie-Rose
Jeff Braunstein Jeff Braunstein ... Parker
Roy Wordsworth Roy Wordsworth ... Vicotr
Peter Hanlon ... Christian
Carol Robinson Carol Robinson ... Secretary
Mark Dufty Mark Dufty ... Elevator Man
Trudy Weiss ... TV Studio Person
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hrant Alianak ... Nightclub Manager
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Storyline

Dorian Gray is beautiful, wealthy and famous. However, she repels and destroys all those around her. Strangely, after 20 years as a leading fashion model, she remains completely unmarked and apparently unaffected by age. Why do people hate Dorian so intensely? Why are there attempts on her life? And what is the secret of her ever-lasting youth?

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Suspense...Intrigue...Murder... Discover the terrifying secrets of a beautiful woman.

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Drama | Horror

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Based on the novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde (1890). See more »

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Version of The Portrait of Dorian Gay (1974) See more »

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The Sins of Dorian Gray
Written by Bernard Hoffer and Jules Bass
Performed by Lisa Dalbello (as Lisa Dal Bello)
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THE SINS OF DORIAN GRAY {TV} (Tony Maylam, 1983) **1/2
2 November 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Just as R.L. Stevenson's quintessential dual-personality tale was revamped by Hammer as DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971), it was not inconceivable that Oscar Wilde's similar narrative would be rethought on distaff lines. The result is quite tolerable under the circumstances but, emanating from the Rankin/Bass stable (renowned for animated kiddie fare!), it was deemed to have merely scraped the surface of what was basically a critique of the moral decay overtaking Victorian society (epitomized by the notorious Jack The Ripper killings). Not unexpectedly, then, the theme of the novel was updated to contemporary times and transposed to the glitzy fashion world of L.A. (making the whole feel rather like a typical "Emmanuelle" entry but without the copious nudity!): here, the protagonist becomes a modeling celebrity but, unwisely, the all-important "picture" is made out to be screen-test footage, cue unconvincing make-up effects to illustrate its increasing degeneration and, played over and over during the course of the movie, it proves quite enervating! Therein, however, lays its major problem: since the plot is supposed to unfold in the space of 30 years, the look (sets, costumes, hairstyles) throughout never changes to reflect this passage of time, which history books attest to having been pretty considerable! Anyway, the film essentially rests on the shoulders of its variable cast – led by Anthony Perkins in the Lord Henry Wotton persona (creatively redubbed Henry Lord!) and Belinda Bauer (not too bad considering, but perhaps managing best the bitchy aspects of the title role, and which would subsequently typecast her!). Olga Karlatos appears as Perkins' wife and rival(!) for Dorian's services (and affections?), Joseph Bottoms the pseudo-singer/pianist who captures her heart if only for a little while (precipitating his suicide) and Michael Ironside is the photographer eventually reduced to 'cleaning up' after her. For what it is worth, we are even treated to a cheesy title song which, again, is picked up ad nauseam along the way!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los pecados de Dorian Gray See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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