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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

Credited cast:
Colin Firth ... Reggie Turner
Emily Watson ... Constance Wilde
Colin Morgan ... Alfred Bosie Douglas
Rupert Everett ... Oscar Wilde
Tom Wilkinson ... Father Dunne
Anna Chancellor ... Mrs. Arbuthnott
Béatrice Dalle ... Café Manager
Ronald Pickup ... Judge
Julian Wadham ... Top Hat
John Standing ... Dr. Tucker
Joshua McGuire ... Ambrose Smithers
Edwin Thomas ... Robbie Ross
Daniel Weyman ... Beauchamp Denis Brown
André Penvern ... Mr. Dupoirier
Tom Colley ... Maurice Gilbert
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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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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

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English | Italian | French | Latin

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:

$466,440, 20 December 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 »

Quotes

Oscar Wilde: I met Christ in prison.
Reggie Turner: And what was she in for?
Oscar Wilde: Don't joke, Reggie. In the cell, there is only God and man. After three days in hell, Jesus rose from the dead, broke open his tomb, discarded his cerements and took his place forever in the heart of man. After 700 days of hard labour, my tomb is opened. I have tiptoed to the boat train and am born again through him, with him and in France.
Robbie Ross: Very good, Oscar. We'll make a Catholic of you yet.
Reggie Turner: Only unlike dear Jesus, you have luggage. And £800 to ...
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Vive Le Trottoir
Written by Rupert Everett
Composed by Hugh Burns
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Unbelievably fantastically made movie!!!
18 June 2018 | by AngelynBlancheSee all my reviews

I hope Rupert Everett will get all possible awards (Like I hoped for 3 Billboards last year :) He played, directed and wrote the skript. Took 10 years. But the way its all done! I am in love. His first movie - like first love - raw and real and true and deeply personal. And no fashionable, self-loving "make up" "adv commercial" reality. Watch on big screen. And last words on black screen will put everything in even bigger prospective.

P.S. You will not recognize him, though he is playing with no prosthetics.


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