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Wilde (1997)

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The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

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 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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Storyline

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

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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 Bosie enters Oscar's room in the country house, a picture to the left of the door reflects a studio light and later, when Bosie sits down, the boom. See more »

Quotes

Edward Carson: In this poem by Lord Alfred Douglas, 'Two Loves', there is one love, true love, which, and I quote 'fills the hearts of boy and girl with mutual flame.' And there is another: 'I am the love that dare not speak its name.' Was that poem explained to you?
Oscar Wilde: I think it's clear.
Edward Carson: There's no question as to what it means?
Oscar Wilde: Most certainly not.
Edward Carson: So, is it not clear that the love describe relates to natural and unnatural love?
Oscar Wilde: No.
Edward Carson: Oh. Then what is 'the love that dare not speak its name?'
Oscar Wilde: [after a long pause] 'The ...
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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 Panorama: Gay Times (1997) 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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Great film
18 June 2000 | by Matt-131See all my reviews

Not really knowing alot about the life of Oscar Wilde, I looked forward to viewing this film, hoping that it would fill in one of the many gaps in my education. I was not disappointed.

This is a film of exceptional human warmth and I can highly recommend it. It deals matter-of-factly with the "issue" of homosexuality, it doesn't condemn or condone what happened in Wilde's private life, the viewer just gets a look at the man underneath the legend.

Stephen Fry does a great job as the title role, making Wilde a sympathetic character with whom the audience empathises. How he contrasts with the Marquess of Queensbury! I will long remember the confrontation between the two men, with Wilde giving as good as he gets against the Marquess' pathological hatred.

Jude Law gives an expert performance as Bosie (or Lord Alfred Douglas), with his deeply contrasting nature shown to full effect, sometimes being tender and loving, at other times changing into a screaming "madman".

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this film and can heartily recommend it to anyone who likes good films.


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Official Sites:

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English | Italian

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,424, 3 May 1998

Gross USA:

$2,158,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,158,775
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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