In the 1890s, famed writer Oscar Wilde embarks on a relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas, despite his marriage to Constance. As their relationship creates a public scandal and feeds the outrage of Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, Wilde charges the Marquis with libel - a decision that turns against him when the Marquis' lawyer leads him to admit to his homosexuality, resulting in Wilde's own prosecution.
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"Oscar Wilde" premiered in London's West End at 20th Century Fox's Carlton Theatre, Haymarket, on May 26th 1960 and ran for four weeks. It failed to gain a circuit release in the UK. The rival "The Trials of Oscar Wilde" failed to get a West End screening but got a full ABC circuit release from May 29th 1960, just nine days after being passed by the BBFC. See more
When the Marquis of Queensberry writes his insulting note - "To Oscar Wilde, posing as a Sodomite" - the club desk clerk to whom he has given it consults a dictionary for the meaning of the word. The definition is clearly cut and pasted from another source, and in addition, it has been cut and pasted, perhaps deliberately, into the middle of the dictionary's definition for "sentimental." See more
Opening credits are shown over the background of Wilde's tomb, specifically over his name on the side of the structure. See more