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 ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lady Mount-Temple
Ada Leverson 'Sphinx'
John Gray
Matthew Mills ...
Lionel Johnson
Jason Morell ...
Ernest Dowson
Charles Gill
C.O. Humphreys
Philip Locke ...


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 <>

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

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Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,424 (USA) (1 May 1998)


$2,157,701 (USA) (6 November 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Bosie enters Oscar's room in the country house, a picture to the left of the door reflects a studio light and later, when Bosie sits down, the boom. See more »


Lady Mount-Temple: My dear Constance, the name of Wilde will be a word of execration for the next thousand years.
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Featured in Venice Report (1997) See more »


Ah, Leave me not to Mine Alone
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Words and Music by Gilbert & Sullivan
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Almost perfect
3 September 1999 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This film portrays Oscar Wilde in a totally remarkable way. It should probably have focused more on his writing than on his personal life, but beyond that choice, the film is almost perfect.

When it isn't completely perfect, it has to do with the plot, which has some rather weak points. The love between Wilde and Bosie is somewhat difficult to understand. They are completely different. Maybe opposites attract, but not when two people live in two completely different worlds, like Wilde and Bosie seem to do. Of course, one could look at it from a cynical point of view, and say that they both have what the other one want; Wilde has money and Bosie looks, but one can also look at it in a romantic way, give them the benefit of the doubt, and think that they really are in love. That makes the story nicer (for a while), and much, MUCH more interesting!

Beyond that, I have only positive things to say about "Wilde". The script is fabulous, and adding a double story by putting in one of his nursery stories, was a great move! One of the most best parts of the film, is Wilde's speech in court. Really touching! The ending could easily have become extremely sentimental, but that is cleverly avoided.

Stephen Fry shines as Oscar Wilde. He is so credible, and does his job so well that if I didn't know better, I'd actually think that it really WAS Wilde I saw on the screen. Law and Redgrave also put in top notch performances.

Everyone will probably not appreciate this film as much as I did (it is a matter of whether you can deal with gay sex or not, and like dramas of course), but give it a try! It deserves two hours of your time, and much much more!

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