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Dorian Gray (2009)

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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.

Director:

Oliver Parker

Writers:

Toby Finlay, Oscar Wilde (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Barnes ... Dorian Gray
John Hollingworth ... Patrol Policeman
Cato Sandford Cato Sandford ... Rent Boy
Pip Torrens ... Victor
Fiona Shaw ... Agatha
Ben Chaplin ... Basil Hallward
Caroline Goodall ... Lady Radley
Maryam d'Abo ... Gladys
Michael Culkin ... Lord Radley
Colin Firth ... Lord Henry Wotton
Emilia Fox ... Lady Victoria Wotton
Nathan Rosen Nathan Rosen ... Young Dorian
Jeff Lipman ... Lord Kelso (as Jeffrey Lipman Snr)
Louise Kempton Louise Kempton ... Prostitute
Douglas Henshall ... Alan Campbell
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Storyline

A naïve young man. A lovelorn artist. A corruptible Lord. A deal with the Devil. It all paints a dark picture of a Victorian London and how the rich and infamous party at their peril. Here, the telling of time and its consequence of experience for life's treasures' takes its toll on the body, mind and soul. The haunting and bleak tale of power, greed, vanity and inevitable self-destruction is ever present amongst the deceit, opium dens and sin. Written by Cinema_Fan

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Forever Young. Forever Cursed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content including nudity, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El retrato de Dorian Gray See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,410,097
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second film starring Rachel Hurd-Wood (Sybil Vane) that involves an eternally youthful male lead. The first was Peter Pan (2003). See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot, horse drawn carriages travel along a London street. The film is set in the 1890s but the road is smoothly tarmacked, a surface treatment invented in 1902 and only commercialised some years later. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lord Henry Wotton: Poor boy. Who can bear to look at you now?
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Crazy Credits

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

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. See more »

Connections

Version of The Picture of Dorian Grey (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

String quartet op. 76 No. 4
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
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Just no!
29 April 2012 | by kirstycaddy87See all my reviews

I decided to watch this film two days after I finished reading the book. In short, it missed out every single thing that makes Oscar Wilde's book great. As well as the subtleties, it misses out the great speeches, and even fails to enforce the real themes in the book to any depth. Henry, Dorian, and Basil's characters are poorly explored and established, which I would say is a massive part of the books appeal. This is further enforced by very poor acting! I was dubious about Colin Firth's suitability for the role, but with some more time i believe that he could have worked, but the scripts didn't allow it. Dorian's character possibly has the look, but depth of acting just wasn't there. I'm hardly a film critic, but this is my opinion. Incredibly disappointing to say the least.


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