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The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »
Producer Marc Samuelson, despite acknowledging that Stephen Fry was the perfect choice to play Oscar Wilde, found it difficult to obtain financing due to Fry's lack of star power.
Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas:
You look such an idiot lying there. Revolting. Have you forgotten how to wash?
Oscar Wilde: As a matter of fact, I'm dying for a glass of water.
Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: Well, help yourself. You know where the jug is.
Oscar Wilde: Bosie, darling...
Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas: It stinks in here. You'll be wanting me to empty ...
When Oscar Wilde visits his wife's grave near Genoa, the headstone states "Wife of Oscar Wilde". It originally stated only "Constance Mary, daughter of Horace Lloyd, Q.C." and "Wife of Oscar Wilde" was not added until later.
The credits are in the style of the black-ink drawings of Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), leading artist of the Aesthetic movement and colleague of Wilde for whom he illustrated the text of "Salome" in 1894. In the opening credits the pictures reflect the character being played or suggest the role in the production team.
$69,424 (USA) (3 May 1998)
$2,157,701 (USA) (8 November 1998)