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Dorian Gray (2009)

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Dorian Gray is a movie starring Ben Barnes, Colin Firth, and Rebecca Hall. 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
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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

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Forever Young. Forever Cursed.


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

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9 September 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El retrato de Dorian Gray  »

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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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Colin Firth and Emilia Fox, who play a married couple in this film, also starred as family members in the 1995 BBC Production of Pride and Prejudice (1995); only in that film, they were siblings. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot, horse drawn carriages travel along a London street. The film is set in the 1890s but the road is smoothly tarmacked, a surface treatment invented in 1902 and only commercialised some years later. See more »

Quotes

Basil Hallward: You shouldn't believe every word Harry says. He doesn't.
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In the closing credits, one of the pieces of music played is listed as Haydn's "Sting Quartet" Op 76 No 4. See more »

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Version of Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (1917) See more »

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Carnival of Venice
Written by Niccolò Paganini (as Nicolo Paganini)
Solo Violin by Stephanie Gonley
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What a disappointment!
6 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

When I first heard about the Picture of Dorian Gray becoming a movie I was excited and overjoyed. I thought with this new technology the 21st century has, The Picture of Dorian Gray will receive the justice it deserves. However, I was very wrong. I just finished watching the movie and I felt compelled to write a review about it.The movie was horrible. A grand disappointment which had such potential to be great. Firstly, the movie should have claimed to be inspired by the novel not based on it. I say this because the movie was very different from the novel. All of Oscar Wilde's wit and beauty which truly made the novel classic was ruined and overshadowed by the changes the movie made. I understand that there can be biased when reading a novel before seeing the movie adaption, but this movie adaption was appalling. I wont give anything away but the movie seriously ruined Oscar Wilde's vision and above all his memorable characters. Once the movie changed aspects in the novel the whole thing became horrible. Trust me, you'll agree if you've read the novel first.

Ben Barnes is simply gorgeous but he hardly brought any character development. I never felt pity for him throughout the movie compared to the novel. The novel brought the characters to life and described the reality of London life. The movie made the classic novel very shallow. I must add that as much as I love Colin Firth he was not convincing as Lord Henry. The character was someone who was vindictive and unchanging. He drained Dorian and was never affected by the consequences of his own evil; Colin Firth failed at reincarnating the abhorred character. Whats worse is that the whole ending is changed, which ruins the whole message of the novel. In the end, Oscar Wilde's masterpiece remains legendary in its pages as opposed to its film adaption. Seriously, I think my rate of 4 is being to generous.


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