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Wilde (1998)




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The life of Oscar Wilde, at least that part pertaining to his sex life, Lord Alfred Douglas and his ruinous trial for indecency.more
Rating: R (For strong sexuality and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julian Mitchell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 19, 2002
Sony Pictures Classics


Stephen Fry
as Oscar Wilde
Jude Law
as Lord Alfred Douglas
Jennifer Ehle
as Constance
Tom Wilkinson
as Marquess of Queensbe...
Gemma Jones
as Lady Queensberry
Judy Parfitt
as Lady Mount-Temple
Michael Sheen
as Robert Ross
Ioan Gruffudd
as John Gray
Matthew C. Mills
as Lionel Johnson
Jason Morell
as Ernest Dowson
Peter Barkworth
as Charles Gill
Robert Lang
as C.O. Humphreys
David Westhead
as Edward Carson
Jack Knight
as Cyril Wilde
Jackson Leach
as Cyril Wilde (age 4)
Laurence Owen
as Vyvyan Wilde
Benedict Sandiford
as Alfred Wood
Mark Letheren
as Charles Parker
Michael Fitzgerald
as Alfred Taylor
Bob Sessions
as Mine Owner
Joseph May
as First Miner
Jamie Leene
as Second Friend
James D'Arcy
as First Friend
Orlando Wells
as Undergraduate
Robin Kermode
as George Alexander
Avril Elgar
as Lady Bracknell
Jean Ainslie
as Miss Prism
Andrew Havill
as Algernon
Biddy Hodson
as Gwendolen
Judi Maynard
as Mrs. Allonby
Michael Simkins
as Lord Illingworth
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Critic Reviews for Wilde

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (12)

A tony biopic that manages to combine an upfront portrayal of the scribe's gayness with an often moving examination of his broader emotions and artistic ideals.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

If anybody was born to play Oscar Wilde, it must have been Stephen Fry: not only does he look like the Green Carnation Man, but he himself is often portrayed as being too clever, too complex for his own good.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The closest thing the movie has to a point of view is a tendentious and mystifying voice-over, in which Fry reads excerpts from Wilde's fairy tale about a selfish giant who banishes his children from his garden.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Stephen Fry brings a depth and gentleness to the role that says what can be said about Oscar Wilde: that he was a funny and gifted idealist in a society that valued hypocrisy above honesty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Stephen Fry is extraordinary as Oscar Wilde, but the movie lacks balance and finesse and comes across as a TV movie of the week.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Wilde


The acting was good, but Jude Law's character is so whiny and hateful, it's almost like watching two hours of an abusive relationship.

Julie B

Super Reviewer

A melodrama with a wonderful portray of Wilde, but lacking the signature Wilde wit.

Fry is genius, Law is less than desirable

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Biopic of a genuis, starring a genius.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

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