Dorian Gray

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Oliver Parker
Production: Alliance Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Come on, sir, give us a penny!



Lucky heather, sir? Come on, sir.

Looking for someone?

Er... Yes, actually, I...

Mr. Gray. Welcome to London, sir.

Go on, lady. Off you go!


And here we are, sir. Welcome home.

I hope you'll find everything

to your liking, sir.

Nothing's changed since I was a boy.


I'm sorry for your loss, sir.

May I prepare some tea?

Thank you, Victor.

I've no doubt London will hold many

new friends and adventures for you.

- I hope so.

- So do I.

Oh! This is somebody

you simply must meet.

This is one of our finest artists,

Basil Hallward.

Agatha, please,

a humble student of beauty.

- What do you think?

- Oh.

That's quite a likeness.

- Basil.

- Hmm?

Ive been in London two weeks now.

The only people Ive met

are Agatha's charitable group.

Well, you've met me.

Of course.

I didn't mean...

These parties are terribly dull, Dorian.

- You won't be missing anything.

- Im sure you're right.

I just...

.. thought it might be fun.


Dear me, no.


Wife, drink.

There. I'll fetch us some drinks.

Find her a good husband

who knows how to behave to a woman.

The only way to behave is

to make love to her if she's pretty

and to someone else if she's plain.

Excuse me.


No, thank you.

I find a cigarette to be

the perfect pleasure.

It is exquisite

and leaves one unsatisfied.

You're Kelso's grandson.


- Did you know him?

- I met him once.

It was enough

to give a cheer last month

when he rasped his last sour breath.

One assumes you inherited

the withered old goat's estate?

Being a little orphan isn't all bad.

"An earnest young man with a beautiful

nature," according to Agatha.

I'd pictured some freckled country oaf

in ghastly dress.

I see I was only half right.

It could be worse.

Gladys Allonby's been dressed for her

If Radley spent less time in church

and more at his tailor's,

he might not so resemble

a badly-bound hymn book.

Are you sure you won't take a cigarette?

I get them directly from Cairo.

I see you've met our charming host.


Pay no attention to anything he tells you.

How rude. Henry Wotton.

Victoria, my wife.

My aunt, alas, you know.

Oh, Im so glad you've met.

You might learn some manners from this boy.

Ive found some more guests

for you to insult.

I knew I kept her for something.

I do hope our paths cross again, Mr. Gray.

Thank you for the cigarette...

.. cigarette.

An acquired taste.

- No, it's actually quite pleasant.

- No, I meant Henry.

There's some people I want you to meet.


Aren't you tired of

looking at me yet?

Certainly not.

The more I look...

.. the more I see.

It must be nearly finished, man.

It isn't the Sistine Chapel.

Do you remember when I told you

you could sit in if you were quiet?

- I want to see it.

- No, no, don't.

He won't even let me have a peek.

Agatha tells me your father

was also an artist.

- Apparently so.

- Kelso must have been delighted,

his daughter falling

for some penniless painter.

No wonder they eloped.

- I never knew my parents.

- Of course.

Typhus is so awful.

Your poor mother carried off in childbirth.

Do you take such interest

in everyone you meet?

Not everyone I meet is so interesting.

Henry, why don't you go for a stroll,

while I just work up the background?

You don't need Dorian for that.

Let's both take a break.

- Perhaps we should all get some air.

- Yes, and I know just the place.

Look. It's rancid! Its rancid!

Its only five days old. Im not paying.

Come on, Dorian.


You see why Agatha is so keen

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