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Dramatisation of the fall from grace of author Oscar Wilde. Wilde (Stephen Fry) returns from a successful 1882 lecture tour of America to wed Constance Lloyd (Jennifer Ehle). However, he admits to himself that he is really attracted to men, and embarks on an affair with Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law), known as 'Bosie'. Although winning critical success with 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', Wilde's homosexuality looks set to land him in hot water with strict Victorian society.

Starring:
Zoe Wanamaker, Jude Law
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Zoe Wanamaker, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Fry, Judy Parfitt, Jennifer Ehle, ZoŽ Wanamaker, Ioan Gruffudd, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Lang, Gemma Jones
Director Brian Gilbert
Genres Drama, Historical
Rental release 3 August 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sometimes Things Get Whatever on 18 July 2004
Format: DVD
I will admit from the start that I am an admirer of both Stephen Fry and Oscar Wilde, so this film is a dream come true for me. However, if you're not a fan of either, this could just be the thing to convert you.
Fry gives a simply amazing performance as Wilde, at times heartbreakingly touching; he almost makes you go through the emotions with him. Jude Law as the arrogant Bosie is quite perfect, both physically and performance-wise. Jennifer Ehle and Michael Sheen are both equally excellent, as are the rest of this great cast. In fact, I can find no fault with this film whatever, and it's one of my favourites of all time. The courtroom scene always moves me to tears without fail, and there are very few films that can do that, if any! You needn't think that it's a depressing film though, as there are always the injections of Oscar's razor sharp wit to balance the mood.
The documentary on the DVD is great too; a nice addition. But just one question: Where did the Best Actor Oscar go?
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "perfecthill" on 6 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
Having an enormous amount of respect for Stephen Fry, I watched Wilde with high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. 'Wilde' was moving and Fry played the part with a huge amount of depth; which allowed the audience to become more subjective and emotionally involved during the film. I found some of the underlying themes of family and social acceptance a little washed over. However, the film has a grown up and sombre feel, juxtaposed with humour and wit. Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Virago on 10 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
This is a bipoic of the great Oscar Wilde starring the wonderful Stephen Fry as the man himself amongst a star studded cast including Vanessa Redgrave and Jude Law. A thoroughly moving film about a truly inspirational man, Stephen Fry is perfect as Oscar but I would have liked even more of Wilde's gems of wisdom to have been included. Not for anyone who is easily offended by same sex love scenes!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anorakus on 26 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Stephen Fry gives a marvellous performance as intelligent and witty Wilde. Watching him on screen, you couldn't imagine the part being played by any other actor. An engaging and well-made historical drama.

Bear in mind that in common with many first-generation DVD releases, this is non-anamorphic and won't look good on a widescreen TV. Until a blu-ray version is released, consider the R1 release which has an anamorphic transfer, and a commentary too.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2007
Format: DVD
I have somewhat conflicting opinions about this film, just as I have conflicting opinions about Oscar Wilde himself. No one can dispute the fact that Wilde was a literary genius; ample proof of this is found in the successful rehabilitation of his work in reputation long before the aspects of his infamous lifestyle became acceptable to even a minor fraction of society. If, as hardly seems possible, you aren't aware of the scandal associated with Wilde's downfall, this film spares the viewer few of the most intimate of details (in other words, there is male nudity - and plenty of it). It's a brave film, featuring a most accomplished class of actors and actresses turning in terrific performances, but it doesn't feel perfectly complete to me. Rather than delivering a flamboyant Oscar Wilde who truly reveled in his own audacity, this Oscar Wilde seemed subdued and sometimes even haunted by the lifestyle he led. While his wit is demonstrated quite often, this didn't quite seem like the young man who became the toast of London before he met with his first literary success and reveled in the danger inherent in his forays into the London underworld of homosexuality. Maybe it's just impossible to capture the true spirit of this most singular of men, but I just felt as if this film tried to cast Wilde as something of a victim led astray by all these pretty young boys and a man doomed by his own nature, and I don't completely buy into that.

I was also somewhat disappointed by the fact that Wilde's writing played only an incidental role in this story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Kazakopoulou on 8 April 2009
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The best representation of Oscar Wilde on screen is delivered by a genious of a man, Stephen Fry. Very good film, and excellent performances.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "rebecca_lilja" on 12 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I am a huge fan of Oscar Wilde, and I believe that this production portrayed him perfectly. Stephen Fry is very talented, and the two are stuningly alike. Jude Law as Bosie was also very well acted out, and I found myself immersed in tears and laughter, simultaneously.
This is a must buy for anyone who loves literature, who's been inlove and hated for it, and anyone who's basically human.
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I like both Oscar Wilde and Stephen Fry (who I know also adores Wilde), so I had high hopes for this film. I wasn't so much disappointed, as a little underwhelmed. There were parts that I really enjoyed, but overall film didn't really flow well and, if I am honest, the acting wasn't top notch. 3/5 is not really a fair reflection however, I would be more inclined to say 7/10 - but such is the limitation of the 5* scoring system! It's worth the money and worth the watch, but I don't feel strongly that I will watch it again.
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