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Wilde (1997)



A film by Julian Mitchell, adapted from the biography Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellmann, and released in 1997.

Running time: 1 hour and 52 minutes


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Wilde is a biographical account of one of Britain's most celebrated minds.  Oscar Wilde is a family man whose phenomenal talents bring him great success as a writer, playwright, and poet in late-Victorian society.  Privately he struggles with homosexual feelings, and once his true sexuality is revealed, his reputation lies in tatters. 

Victorian society criminalised homosexuality.  After the genius is sentenced to hard labour for his supposed 'crimes', many former friends shun the Wildes.  Upon his release, Wilde comes to rely on the more open-minded among his acquaintances.  Ada 'Sphinx' Leverson is one of the few to stand by him during this difficult period.


Stephen Fry ... Oscar Wilde

Jennifer Ehle ... Constance Lloyd Wilde

Jude Law ... Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas

Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Speranza Wilde

Judy Parfitt ... Lady Mount-Temple

Zoë Wanamaker ... Ada 'Sphinx' Leverson

Michael Sheen ... Robbie Ross

Ioan Gruffud ... John Gray

Peter Barkworth ... Charles Gill

Tom Wilkinson ... Marquess of Queensberry

Gemma Jones ... Lady Queensberry

Robert Lang ... C. O. Humphreys

Matthew Mills ... Lionel Johnson

Jason Morell ... Ernest Dowson

Orlando Bloom ... Rentboy


Director: Brian Gilbert
Producers: Marc Samuelson and Peter Samuelson
Assistant Producer: Rachel Cuperman
Executive Producers: Michiyo Yoshizaki, Michael Viner, Deborah Raffin, Alex Graham, and Alan Howden
Cinematography: Martin Fuhrer
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
Costume Designer: Nic Ede
Music: Debbie Wiseman, William S. Gilbert, and Arthur Sullivan


Wilde Region 1 DVD

Wilde Region 2 DVD

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