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The Picture of Dorian Gray

1973 1h 51m Horror List
Reviews 44% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Not long after having his portrait painted by the artist Basil Hallward (Charles Aidman), handsome Dorian Gray (Shane Briant) meets Lord Harry Wotton (Nigel Davenport) and falls under his influence. A radical libertine, Wotton encourages the boy to indulge every hedonistic impulse, and soon Dorian becomes notorious for his debauchery. Looking at his own portrait one day, he fancifully wishes that it might age rather than he -- and, miraculously, gets his wish. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member This is an okay film, but it's more important to read the book. The book is very short, but it is Biblical. Central to Dorian Gray's downfall is a very George Carlin-esque know-it-all, who lifts the curtain on all the social realities surrounding Dorian, while reminding him of the short shelf life of his beauty. In this revealing, Dorian becomes a monster, although a physically perfect and always young and attractive man. I have read this book a few times and the ending is never resolved for me. It's a flood of philosophical poetry with the dull thud of an Arthur Miller finale. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Watching this movie is like watching a British soap opera on PBS. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A made for TV movie of one of the most controversial romantic stories...made by who else..Dan Curtis of Dark Shadows. Obviously it was watered down for TV audiences in the 70's with only subtext, but at the same time it went somewhere even the newer versions didn't dare go. Shane Briant takes on the lead role well. His Dorian is sweeter-looking, more aloof but much more evil. For example, Briant's character indulges in every hedonistic aspect including sex with a minor; and it's not ambiguous Very disturbing for a made for TV film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't like this version at all and it had none of the power of the book I'm afraid Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A decent version of the Oscar Wilde masterpiece. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member wtf, don't even bother. it was like watching an after school special, in victorian england. at least after school specials had some useful knowledge ... this was atrociously cheap. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Not long after having his portrait painted by the artist Basil Hallward (Charles Aidman), handsome Dorian Gray (Shane Briant) meets Lord Harry Wotton (Nigel Davenport) and falls under his influence. A radical libertine, Wotton encourages the boy to indulge every hedonistic impulse, and soon Dorian becomes notorious for his debauchery. Looking at his own portrait one day, he fancifully wishes that it might age rather than he -- and, miraculously, gets his wish.
Director
Glenn Jordan
Producer
Dan Curtis
Screenwriter
John Tomerlin
Production Co
Dan Curtis Productions
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 14, 2019
Runtime
1h 51m
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