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Blackmail and political corruption are the juicy, central themes of this lavish take on Oscar Wilde's much-filmed 1895 stage play. Beautifully acted and full of Wilde's customary waspish wit, the Technicolor social satire sees a prominent Victorian politician's flawless reputation jeopardised by his youthful indiscretions. Cornered by the unscrupulous Mrs Cheveley, Sir Robert Chiltern is warned that unless he supports a shady venture she's involved in, she'll blab secrets about his past that could destroy his career and marriage. Too scared to say no, Chiltern runs to his best friend to help sort out the mess. But Mrs Cheveley is not going away quietly.
The life of gay, brilliantly witty writer Oscar Wilde is the basis for this film, in particular his disastrous relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas.
14+ years 111 mins
Reese Witherspoon made her name in this razor-sharp satire that uses a school election to send up both moral and political corruption.
14+ years 98 mins
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