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Rupert Everett wrote, directed and stars as Oscar Wilde in this intimate glimpse at the sad end of an infamous life. From his deathbed Wilde reflects on his past, from his days as the toast of London to his life as a penniless vagabond and every step in between: the artist, the outcast, the convict, the free man, the husband seeking reconciliation with his wife and the illicit lover who can’t help but fall back into his affair with a younger man. But no matter what his circumstances, Wilde’s incomparable wit never faltered as he chased love to the very end. Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas and Tom Wilkinson also star.
- Emily Watson
- Colin Firth
- Colin Morgan
- Rupert Everett
- Anna Chancellor
- Tom Wilkinson
- Béatrice Dalle
- Ronald Pickup
- Julian Wadham
- Joshua McGuire
Did You Know?
- Colin Firth and Rupert Everett appeared in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), as well as Another Country (1984), St. Trinian's (2007), St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009), and Shakespeare in Love (1998), in which Everett made an uncredited appearance as Christopher Marlowe.
- Oscar is shown at Clapham Junction in prison garb with the number 33. He is on the way to Reading Gaol where he is assigned cell C33.
- Reggie Turner: How do you like your new name?
- Oscar Wilde: Almost as much as I loathe the old one.
Atom User Reviews
I was hoping this movie would come through for me, and it did. A very solid production.
It finally matters very little that The Happy Prince is haphazardly written and awkwardly directed because Everett is an intelligent man who has a deep imaginative connection to Wilde and his wit and his cruising and his whole worldview.
Wilde’s mighty struggle with himself, with his heavenly talent and earthly lusts, and the meaning of it all resonates so strongly with the direction and performance that The Happy Prince is easily elevated past period Victoriana (and that wallpaper) to move and engage in equal parts.
Despite Everett's command in the central performance and a script liberally sprinkled with amusing bons mots, The Happy Prince generates only faltering dramatic momentum and a shortage of pathos.