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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
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

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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UK | Belgium | Italy | Germany

Language:

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:

$44,225, 14 October 2018
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

-The film gained several 5-star reviews in England, with plaudits such as "A masterpiece", "A magnificent achievement", and "A powerful parable of passion and redemption"; but the film was ignored by some major distributors, being shown instead in smaller art-house venues. See more »

Goofs

Oscar was well known to have bad teeth and discoloration from the application of mercury. Rupert Everett's set of choppers do not reflect this. See more »

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

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The Boy I Love is Up In The Gallery
Performed by Rupert Everett
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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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