6.2/10
4,389
57 user 116 critic

The Happy Prince (2018)

Trailer
2:12 | Trailer
The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Director:

Rupert Everett

Writer:

Rupert Everett
4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Colin Firth ... Reggie Turner
Colin Morgan ... Alfred Bosie Douglas
Emily Watson ... Constance Wilde
Rupert Everett ... Oscar Wilde
Anna Chancellor ... Lydia Arbuthnott
Tom Wilkinson ... Father Cuthbert Dunne
Béatrice Dalle ... Café-Concert Manager
Ronald Pickup ... Judge
Joshua McGuire ... Ambrose Smithers
John Standing ... Dr. Tucker
Julian Wadham ... Mr. Arbuthnott
Sam Barrett ... Undergraduate
Daniel Weyman ... Beauchamp Denis Brown
Benjamin Voisin Benjamin Voisin ... Jean
Edwin Thomas ... Robert Robbie Ross
Edit

Storyline

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed. The past floods back, taking him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshipped him? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross, who tried and failed to save him from himself. Travelling through Wilde's final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love are revealed. It is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love. Written by Beta Film GmbH

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The last days of Oscar Wilde - and the ghosts that haunted them - are vividly evoked...

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Rupert Everett had written promises from his friends Colin Firth and Emily Watson that they would participate in this movie if he ever got it made. Even when Firth became famous and his busy schedule made it unsure if he would be able to keep his promise, Everett got people to participate by stating that Firth had already signed on. See more »

Goofs

Reggie Turner (1870.6.2-1938) played by 48 year old Firth. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Turner: How do you like your new name?
Oscar Wilde: Almost as much as I loathe the old one.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits Oscar Wilde is heard and seen singing a French song in a cafe. Then there are flashbacks of audiences applauding his works in a theatre. See more »


Soundtracks

La Petite Tonkinoise
Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Henri Christiné
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing
(1906)
See more »

User Reviews

 
Fails o Ignite
9 October 2018 | by frank-665-161620See all my reviews

Sorry to dampen your spirits. I wanted to like this film a lot but it fails to excite. Fails to ignite and in the end feels like a muddled wet blanket excuse for a movie making experience. Hey, the scenery, the camera work and attention to detail is great. Very evocative. The actual story and editing is less so. It strikes me as the type of film a real enthusiast for Oscar Wilde would make as a homage to the man and then struggle through heaps of revisions and funding cuts and criticism from various studios to get it made and then at the end - prove that the critics were right. It's not very good because the writer's vision splendid didn't really cut through or know what it sought to portray except to say - "I love Oscar Wilde!" Because in the end, we as passive viewers don't really care about Oscar at all. Towards the end of the film, I turned to my wife and whispered to her that this film despite its best impulses, actually damns Oscar Wilde as a self indulgent narcissist. A prat by sheer accident. I don't think that was the intention of the film-makers! She agreed. No real insight to the creative spirit of the man and she lost interest and went to bed. The trailer looked terrific but the movie despite it's best endeavours to immortalise the man - actually makes you lose all sympathy for him and strangely you feel unmoved by his predicament at the end.


32 of 50 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 57 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | Belgium | Italy | Germany

Language:

Latin | English | French | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happy Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,886, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$466,440

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,621,992
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed