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The Happy Prince (2018)

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The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

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Rupert Everett

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Rupert Everett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rupert Everett ... Oscar Wilde
Colin Firth ... Reggie Turner
Emily Watson ... Constance Wilde
Colin Morgan ... Alfred Bosie Douglas
Edwin Thomas ... Robbie Ross
Tom Wilkinson ... Fr Dunne
Anna Chancellor ... Mrs. Arbuthnott
Julian Wadham ... Top Hat
Béatrice Dalle ... Café Manager
Antonio Spagnuolo Antonio Spagnuolo ... Felice (as Antonio Spagnulo)
André Penvern ... Mr. Dupoirier
Franca Abategiovanni Franca Abategiovanni ... Felice's Mother
Thierry de Coster Thierry de Coster ... Henri The Waiter
Joshua McGuire ... Ambrose Smithers
Kit Lloyd Kit Lloyd ... Undergraduate
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Storyline

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed. The past floods back, taking him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. Travelling through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed. It is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love. Written by Beta Film GmbH

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Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

10 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happy Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€208,502 (Italy), 15 April 2018, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,886, 14 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$432,023, 11 November 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rupert Everett has previously played Oscar Wilde on stage in a revival of David Hare's 'The Judas Kiss', a play which covers a similar time span to this movie. It ran from September 2012 to April 2013 in London and on tour in the UK and Dublin. In 2016 the production had runs in Toronto and NYC. See more »

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Cuthbert Dunne (1869.10.4-1950) is played by 70 year old Tom Wilkinson. See more »


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The Boy I Love is Up In The Gallery
Performed by Rupert Everett
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Fails o Ignite
9 October 2018 | by frank-665-161620See all my reviews

Sorry to dampen your spirits. I wanted to like this film a lot but it fails to excite. Fails to ignite and in the end feels like a muddled wet blanket excuse for a movie making experience. Hey, the scenery, the camera work and attention to detail is great. Very evocative. The actual story and editing is less so. It strikes me as the type of film a real enthusiast for Oscar Wilde would make as a homage to the man and then struggle through heaps of revisions and funding cuts and criticism from various studios to get it made and then at the end - prove that the critics were right. It's not very good because the writer's vision splendid didn't really cut through or know what it sought to portray except to say - "I love Oscar Wilde!" Because in the end, we as passive viewers don't really care about Oscar at all. Towards the end of the film, I turned to my wife and whispered to her that this film despite its best impulses, actually damns Oscar Wilde as a self indulgent narcissist. A prat by sheer accident. I don't think that was the intention of the film-makers! She agreed. No real insight to the creative spirit of the man and she lost interest and went to bed. The trailer looked terrific but the movie despite it's best endeavours to immortalise the man - actually makes you lose all sympathy for him and strangely you feel unmoved by his predicament at the end.


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