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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

Writer:

Rupert Everett
4 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Emily Watson ... Constance Wilde
Colin Morgan ... Alfred Bosie Douglas
Colin Firth ... Reggie Turner
Rupert Everett ... Oscar Wilde
Anna Chancellor ... Lydia Arbuthnott
Tom Wilkinson ... Father Cuthbert Dunne
Béatrice Dalle ... Café-Concert Manager
Julian Wadham ... Mr. Arbuthnott
Ronald Pickup ... Judge
Joshua McGuire ... Ambrose Smithers
John Standing ... Dr. Tucker
Daniel Weyman ... Beauchamp Denis Brown
Ciro Petrone ... Fisherman at Christmas Party
Edwin Thomas ... Robert Robbie Ross
Benjamin Voisin Benjamin Voisin ... Jean
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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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The last days of Oscar Wilde - and the ghosts that haunted them - are vividly evoked...

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Colin Firth and Rupert Everett appeared in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), as well as Another Country (1984), St. Trinian's (2007), St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), and Shakespeare in Love (1998), in which Everett made an uncredited appearance as Christopher Marlowe. See more »

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Naples, 1897: in an argument, Bosie states that Oscar uses "pancake" makeup. Pancake wasn't invented until the 1930s, by Max Factor. See more »

Quotes

Oscar Wilde: Intimacy in the sewers, followed by fantasy in the Gods. The rest is silence.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits Oscar Wilde is heard and seen singing a French song in a cafe. Then there are flashbacks of audiences applauding his works in a theatre. See more »

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Featured in Projector: The Happy Prince (2018) See more »

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Café Waltz
Arranged by Hugh Burns
Performed by Charlie Brown
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Rupert's Oscar is Oscar gold!
18 February 2018 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

A solid biopic about Oscar Wilde with a terrific Rupert Everett in the leading role. A great transformation not only physically but also his whole mechanisms as an actor are totally redefined. I would not be surprised if his performance as legendary poet and playwright Oscar Wilde will actually get him Oscar attention next year. Its definitely a performance they soak up and adore. The film itself was fine, but nothing to write home about. I had some troubles with Rupert Everett's direction actually. It could have been better set up and the narrative was a bit weird at times. Performance wise it was not only because of Everett's undoubtedly great performance good. Emily Watson shines as his estranged wife but I had hoped she would have more screen time as she really lived that character and although the screen time was limited she really shined in all of her scenes. Colin Firth was good as well and took care about some comedic relief in a at times too dry biopic. The score was good and the cinematography fine - offering a lot of beautiful sceneries. Definitely worth to check out for the performance and if you are a fan of Wilde himself as they depict him and his work and language just well.


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Latin | English | French | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,886, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$466,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,621,992
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2.35 : 1
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