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Dorian Gray (2009)

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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dorian Gray
... Patrol Policeman
Cato Sandford ... Rent Boy
... Victor
... Agatha
... Basil Hallward
... Lady Radley
... Gladys
... Lord Radley
... Lord Henry Wotton
... Lady Victoria Wotton
Nathan Rosen ... Young Dorian
... Lord Kelso (as Jeffrey Lipman Snr)
Louise Kempton ... Prostitute
... Alan Campbell


A naïve young man. A lovelorn artist. A corruptible Lord. A deal with the Devil. It all paints a dark picture of a Victorian London and how the rich and infamous party at their peril. Here, the telling of time and its consequence of experience for life's treasures' takes its toll on the body, mind and soul. The haunting and bleak tale of power, greed, vanity and inevitable self-destruction is ever present amongst the deceit, opium dens and sin. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Forever Young. Forever Cursed.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including nudity, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El retrato de Dorian Gray  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£883,148 (United Kingdom), 13 September 2009, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,563,362, 22 August 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Oliver Parker has previously directed two other films based on works by Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband (1999) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2002). The latter of these also stars Colin Firth as one of the leads. See more »


When Dorian stops in front of the theater playing "Hamlet," the barker tells him that he has only missed a little of the play, but when he goes to take his seat, it is already in Act III. See more »


Emily Wotton: Oblige me, Mr. Gray...
Dorian Gray: Have you been pursuing this delightful hobby for long?
Emily Wotton: No, it's a gift from my father. In return he made me promise that I wouldn't chain myself to any more railings.
Emily Wotton: For suffrage, Mr, Gray. Well, don't you think that woman should be given the vote?
Dorian Gray: I don't believe a woman should be given anything she can't wear in the evening.
Emily Wotton: Ha, what a loss to the front you are. Think of all those Germans that you could bayonet with your epigrams.
Dorian Gray: I do apologize if I offend.
Emily Wotton: Oh ...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, one of the pieces of music played is listed as Haydn's "Sting Quartet" Op 76 No 4. See more »


Version of The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony (2001) See more »


String quartet op. 76 No. 4
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
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User Reviews

A half-hearted affair
15 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Dorian Gray is the sort of film that receives a lot of hype at its release, including the promising new acting talent, and then quickly vanishes into obscurity, in this case taking the 'promising new acting talent' with it, never to be seen again.

Both, the film and Ben Barnes, clearly failed to live up to people's expectations. Nothing against Ben Barnes personally, he may be a good actor but talented is something else. Good looks just aren't enough. I don't want to go into too much detail here about how it's not the most faithful adaptation of the novel, etc., but watching Dorian Gray you get the impression they were trying to come up with a fresh interpretation of Oscar Wilde's famous novel, but didn't quite know how to go about it.

The one thing keeping this film from being a total let-down is Colin Firth (no surprises there), although it has to be said that his performance is a bit more lacklustre than we're used to. Still, he hopelessly out-acts everybody, most of all Ben Barnes. The kid just doesn't stand a chance. Colin Firth has the only script worth mentioning, although his character's pretentious one-liners do start to grate half-way though the film. Other than Firth there is nothing in or about this film that stands out, or makes it a worthwhile exercise.

In a nutshell: it's bland, it's boring and it does test your patience on a few occasions. Dorian Gray is not the kind of film you should have seen at some point in your life. If you have, chances are you'll have liked it, but are in no rush to see it again any time in the foreseeable future ... or, indeed, ever. It's the kind of film you want to watch relaxing on an evening, without having to think too much, and then feeling afterwards that you should've watched something else instead. It leaves you strangely dissatisfied.

Worth a look but ultimately leaves you wondering, 'why did they bother?'

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