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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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... 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 »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Lord Henry Wotton: Poor boy. Who can bear to look at you now?
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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 Dorian Grays Portræt (1910) See more »

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String quartet op. 76 No. 4
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
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Really troubling version of the story
5 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

When a young aristocrat arrives in London and begins to indulge in a life of hedonism and excess, he finds he doesn't age physically despite trying to harbor a deadly secret that will shatter his image forever.

This was a dull, utterly horror-less Horror/Drama that, once again, falls victim to that one singular, nearly inescapable aspect of recent British horror films, a dreary pace that drags stuff out far longer than it should by showcasing scenes that have no horror in them yet are supposed to be presented as such. Watching a person drink, smoke, do drugs and engage in orgies with highly unattractive women while everyone around him wonders why he still looks the same isn't horrific, yet that seems to be the entire crux of what passes as horror in the film. That the mystical painting isn't shown at all until the end might have something to do with that, and the total lack of explanation for such an event is also glossed over, and it's not until the final ten minutes that something starts happening, and while it's good stuff with the reincarnated spirit and the grand old-school Gothic burning-down-the-house scenario, it's too little too late.

Rated R: Violence, Nudity, sex scenes and drug use.


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