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The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983)

In this version of Oscar Wilde's tale, Dorian Gray is an actress who, desperate to become a worldwide star, makes a deal that switches her soul to her image on film, then proceeds to sleep ... See full summary »


Tony Maylam


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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 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


In this version of Oscar Wilde's tale, Dorian Gray is an actress who, desperate to become a worldwide star, makes a deal that switches her soul to her image on film, then proceeds to sleep her way to the top, knowing that she will never age. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

27 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Morde der Dorian Gray See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Picture of Dorian Gray explores the fantasy of invincible vice only to discover that, while justice can be dodged, there is no escape from conscience. Written in 1890, the homosexual undertones of the novel were used as evidence in the criminal-libel suit of Wilde vs the Marquess of Queensberry in 1895, who accused the writer of homosexual promiscuity with his son, Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde was found guilty of gross indecency, and sentenced to two years hard labor - from which he never recovered. He died in poverty and disgrace in 1900. Like his tragic hero, Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde tried to conceal something about himself in art, and in the end was betrayed by art. See more »


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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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