Dorian Gray (2009)

R   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

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  • Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray (2009)
  • Rebecca Hall and Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray (2009)
  • Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray (2009)
  • Dorian Gray (2009)
  • Ben Barnes in Dorian Gray (2009)
  • Rachel Hurd-Wood in Dorian Gray (2009)

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In Marvel's The Punisher (2017-), Billy Russo, played by Ben Barnes who also plays Dorian Gray in this film, is seen reading the book The Picture of Dorian Gray in a scene in episode 3 of the first season. This parallels with Russo's character as he... ...


Lord Henry Wotton: The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty, and to someone else if she is plain.


When Dorian is fighting Jim in the train station tunnel, the sleepers and spikes are visible. The spikes seen were not in use in 1890 when the novel was written, nor the era when the film is set.

Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, one of the pieces of music played is listed as Haydn's "Sting Quartet" Op 76 No 4.

Alternate Versions

During post-production, the film was tailored for a '15' certificate in the UK. According to the BBFC, the filmmaker cuts were as follows:

  • A scene in which a tea party is inter-cut with shots showing Dorian's sadomasochistic excesses was toned down to remove or reduce the more explicit moments (explicit sight of a fingernail being pulled off, explicit sight of a chest being cut with a razor in a sexual context, explicit sight of blood being sucked from a woman's breasts and sight of a restrained man being beaten).
  • Additionally, a murder scene was toned down to remove the sense of dwelling on the infliction of pain and injury (reduction in the number of stabbings, removal of a blood spurt from man's neck, reduction in sight of victim choking on his blood).
The subsequent version was then formally passed '15' by the BBFC without cuts, and released on DVD and Blu-ray.


Sadness Waltz
Written by
H.C. Lumbye (as Hans Christian Lumbye)
Performed by Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos Records/Marco Polo 8.225223


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