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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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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The story read by Constance and Oscar to the children is "The Selfish Giant" by Oscar Wilde. 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 »


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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Wilde about Jude
16 December 2017 | by johngiovannicordaSee all my reviews

I've seen Oscar Wilde portrayed on film before. I remember Robert Morley and also Peter Finch. They both provided inklings into the heart and mind of of one of the literary giants of the 19th Century. But one aspect of the tragedy, because, let's face it, it is a tragedy. His relationship with Alfred Douglas that in a very direct way, will mark his destiny. It was so difficult to believe that Peter Finch's Wilde will go to war for someone like John Frazer's Bosie. Good looking yes but devoid of the most important element, if you are going to believe in the power that Bosie had over Wilde. Finch and Frazer have the sexual chemistry of two slices of white bread but here, in this 1997 Wilde with Stephen Fry in the title role the mystery is revealed, Jude Law makes the whole thing totally believable. The desire he inspires we see in Oscar Wilde's eyes. Stephen Fry is another Humbert Humbert to Jude Law's Lolita. Amazing when the most incomprehensible action becomes totally understandable in the face of an actor. That alone, makes this Wilde my favorite.


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