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Wilde (1997)

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The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Director:

Brian Gilbert

Writers:

Julian Mitchell (original screenplay), Richard Ellmann (based on the book by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Fry ... Oscar Wilde
Jude Law ... Lord Alfred Douglas
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady 'Speranza' Wilde
Jennifer Ehle ... Constance Wilde
Gemma Jones ... Lady Queensberry
Judy Parfitt ... Lady Mount-Temple
Michael Sheen ... Robbie Ross
Zoë Wanamaker ... Ada Leverson 'Sphinx'
Tom Wilkinson ... The Marquess of Queensberry
Ioan Gruffudd ... John Gray
Matthew Mills Matthew Mills ... Lionel Johnson
Jason Morell Jason Morell ... Ernest Dowson
Peter Barkworth ... Charles Gill
Robert Lang ... C.O. Humphreys
Philip Locke ... Judge
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Storyline

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and responsibility with his obsessive love for Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed Bosie. After legal action instigated by Bosie's father, the enraged Marquise of Queensberry, Wilde refused to flee the country and was sentenced to two years at hard labor by the courts of an intolerant Victorian society. Written by Peter Samuelson <petersa1@tribeca.ios.com>

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The story of the first modern man See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

"Wilde" official site

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Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oscar Wilde See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,424, 3 May 1998

Gross USA:

$2,158,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,158,775
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Morell is the son of André Morell, who played Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Jude Law played Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), which also featured Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes. See more »

Goofs

When Oscar Wilde visits his wife's grave near Genoa, the headstone states "Wife of Oscar Wilde". It originally stated only "Constance Mary, daughter of Horace Lloyd, Q.C." and "Wife of Oscar Wilde" was not added until later. See more »

Quotes

John Gray: I'm not good enough for him anymore. I'm just the son of a carpenter, while Bosie...
Robbie Ross: Oscar's only ever been smitten before. He was smitten with me. He was smitten with you...
John Gray: I wasn't smitten.
[long pause]
John Gray: I loved him.
Robbie Ross: Well, now he's fallen in love.
John Gray: I'm halfway to hellfire and I'm not joking.
Robbie Ross: Someone else was a carpenter's son.
[John looks at Robbie, confused]
Robbie Ross: I've given in and become a Catholic. I find Confession wonderfully consoling.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are in the style of the black-ink drawings of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), leading artist of the Aesthetic movement and colleague of Wilde for whom he illustrated the text of "Salome" in 1894. In the opening credits the pictures reflect the character being played or suggest the role in the production team. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Panorama: Gay Times (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah, Leave me not to Mine Alone
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Words and Music by W.S. Gilbert (as Gilbert) & Arthur Sullivan (as Sullivan)
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Sometimes the tragedy of life is life itself.
28 June 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Stephen Fry is well cast as the 19th-century Irish author/playwright Oscar Wilde. This biopic deals frankly with his homosexuality and torment of being attracted to young men. Married with children, Wilde entered a passionate love affair with Lord 'Bosie' Douglas(Jude Law)the son of the Marquess of Queensberry(Tom Wilkinson). The affair led to a celebrated trial and two year prison sentence for outraging the decency of a stoic Victorian society. At times this film seems to drag, but is punctuated with the vivid homosexual love scenes. Supporting cast includes:Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Sheen and Jennifer Ehle.


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