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Running time
117 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Julian Mitchell (Novel: Richard Ellmann)
Debbie Wiseman
Martin Fuhrer
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Capitol Films
Drama | Biography. Literature
Synopsis / Plot
In 1883, Irish born Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) returns to London from a year long lecture tour of the US and Canada. He meets and marries Constance Lloyd. A few years later, his wit, flamboyance and creative genius are widely renowned and his literary career has achieved notoriety with the publication of The Picture of Dorian Gray. He and Constance now have two sons whom they both love very much. Then one evening, Robert Ross, a young Canadian house guest, seduces Wilde, forcing him to confront the homosexual feelings that have gripped him since childhood. In 1892, on the opening night of his acclaimed play, Lady Windermere’s Fan, he meets Lord Alfred Douglas, a cocky, dashing and smart young aristocrat nicknamed Bosie, and begins the passionate, stormy relationship that consumes him, and finally destroys him. Bosie’s father, the cantankerous and violent Marquess of Queensberry, libels Wilde, who on Bosie’s urging, takes him to court. But the times are against him, and he is in turn accused of homosexual conduct, sentenced to two years hard labour.
1998: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Stephen Fry)
1997: 2 Nominat¡ons for BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actresses (Ehle & Wanamaker)
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