Director: Brian Gilbert - Director
Theatrical Release: 1997
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 117 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Based on the best-selling biography by Richard Ellman, this unconventional biopic traces the brilliant, witty, and tragic life of Oscar Wilde from his rise to fame as a much-in-demand author and public speaker to his downfall and ultimate imprisonment for homosexuality. Irish-born and homosexual, Wilde (Stephen Fry, in a critically lauded performance) nevertheless takes a loving wife (Jennifer Ehle), with whom he has children. While married, he becomes aware of his true sexual identity after a chance encounter with an aggressive house guest. This leads to a very public affair with vain, rebellious young Lord Alfred Douglas (Jude Law), the son of the Marquess of Queensbury (Tom Wilkinson, IN THE BEDROOM). Despite an astoundingly successful writing career, Wilde's private life lands him in prison for "gross indecency," a synonym for homosexual behavior, which was illegal in England at the time.;
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Stephen Fry - British Comedian/Actor
Gemma Jones - British Actress
Jennifer Ehle - British TV/Film Actress
Brian Gilbert - Director
Jude Law - British Actor, WILDE (1997)
John Ehle - NOVELIST
"...Restrained, sober, decorous..." -- Rating: B
"...Brit comedian Stephen Fry is tall, elegant, and whimsical, and wears fin-de-siecle clothes as if born in them....His performance is a perfect center for others to whirl around..."
"...[An] effectively intimate portrait....Stephen Fry looks uncannily like Wilde and presents a mixture of superciliousness and vulnerability....[His] warmly sympathetic performance finds the gentleness beneath the wit..."
"...Director Gilbert displays all of Wilde's facets in this elegant film..."
"...Deeply moving....WILDE is a lustrous period piece with a high degree of authenticity in d?cor and costume....A work of superior craftsmanship..."