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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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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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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. See more »


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

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1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,424, 3 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,157,701, 8 November 1998
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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 »

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Oscar Wilde: Robbie is Canadian. You can tell by his youth.
Ada: Have you been brought to England to mature, Mr. Ross?
Robbie Ross: That was the idea. But it doesn't seem to be working. I've lived here since I was three and you see the pitiful result.
Oscar Wilde: Robbie comes from a long line of imperial governors. His grandfather was Prime Minister of Upper Canada. Or was it Lower Canada? The British take their class system wherever they go. They apply it even to continents.
Ada: Are you planning to govern a continent?
Robbie Ross: Oh, no. I don't even ...
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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 Star Stories: Sadie Frost: My Side of the Story (2006) 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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Touching and engaging story
8 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is about the famous writer Oscar Wilde, and his forbidden love in the intolerant society.

I watched this film two times already, and I really like it. Stephen Fry and Jude Law both give incredible performances. The script is able to portray their untainted and pure love. Their yearning for each other grips me very much. Jude Law portrays Brosie's spoiled personality well. The scene where Brosie intentionally sits in the middle of the restaurant with Wilde is particularly memorable.

The story is touching and engaging, making me wanting more. Stephen Fry must be commended for selecting Jude Law, who was not as much of a superstar at that time, as his on screen partner. Orlando Bloom's brief appearance as one of the boys certainly comes as a surprise. Stephen Fry's eye for hot male stars is certainly to be admired!


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