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Wilde (1997)

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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director:

Brian Gilbert

Writers:

Julian Mitchell (original screenplay), Richard Ellmann (based on the book by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Fry ... Oscar Wilde
Jude Law ... Lord Alfred Douglas
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady 'Speranza' Wilde
Jennifer Ehle ... Constance Wilde
Gemma Jones ... Lady Queensberry
Judy Parfitt ... Lady Mount-Temple
Michael Sheen ... Robbie Ross
Zoë Wanamaker ... Ada Leverson 'Sphinx'
Tom Wilkinson ... The Marquess of Queensberry
Ioan Gruffudd ... John Gray
Matthew Mills Matthew Mills ... Lionel Johnson
Jason Morell Jason Morell ... Ernest Dowson
Peter Barkworth ... Charles Gill
Robert Lang ... C.O. Humphreys
Philip Locke ... Judge
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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society. Written by Peter Samuelson <petersa1@tribeca.ios.com>

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The story of the first modern man See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

"Wilde" official site

Country:

UK | Japan | Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oscar Wilde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,424, 3 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,157,701, 8 November 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Morell is the son of André Morell, who played Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Jude Law played Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), which also featured Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar is walking through Kensington Gardens, London, (seen as a wooded park) with his wife Constance and their baby in a pram, a part of the sculpture "Physical Energy" was in view. This sculpture of a horse and rider was erected in 1907, however Oscar died in 1900, so this was not possible. See more »

Quotes

Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: [Oscar is ill in bed] You look such an idiot lying there. Revolting. Have you forgotten how to wash?
Oscar Wilde: As a matter of fact, I'm dying for a glass of water.
Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: Well, help yourself. You know where the jug is.
Oscar Wilde: Bosie, darling...
Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: It stinks in here. You'll be wanting me to empty your chamber pot next.
Oscar Wilde: Well, I emptied your chamber pot... I looked after you...
Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: Well, I'm not looking after you. Not now. You don't interest me, not when you're ill. You're just a boring, middle-aged man with a blocked-up nose.
Oscar Wilde: ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are in the style of the black-ink drawings of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), leading artist of the Aesthetic movement and colleague of Wilde for whom he illustrated the text of "Salome" in 1894. In the opening credits the pictures reflect the character being played or suggest the role in the production team. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Stories: Sadie Frost: My Side of the Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah, Leave me not to Mine Alone
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Words and Music by W.S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
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Almost perfect
3 September 1999 | by Kim17See all my reviews

This film portrays Oscar Wilde in a totally remarkable way. It should probably have focused more on his writing than on his personal life, but beyond that choice, the film is almost perfect.

When it isn't completely perfect, it has to do with the plot, which has some rather weak points. The love between Wilde and Bosie is somewhat difficult to understand. They are completely different. Maybe opposites attract, but not when two people live in two completely different worlds, like Wilde and Bosie seem to do. Of course, one could look at it from a cynical point of view, and say that they both have what the other one want; Wilde has money and Bosie looks, but one can also look at it in a romantic way, give them the benefit of the doubt, and think that they really are in love. That makes the story nicer (for a while), and much, MUCH more interesting!

Beyond that, I have only positive things to say about "Wilde". The script is fabulous, and adding a double story by putting in one of his nursery stories, was a great move! One of the most best parts of the film, is Wilde's speech in court. Really touching! The ending could easily have become extremely sentimental, but that is cleverly avoided.

Stephen Fry shines as Oscar Wilde. He is so credible, and does his job so well that if I didn't know better, I'd actually think that it really WAS Wilde I saw on the screen. Law and Redgrave also put in top notch performances.

Everyone will probably not appreciate this film as much as I did (it is a matter of whether you can deal with gay sex or not, and like dramas of course), but give it a try! It deserves two hours of your time, and much much more!


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