MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 449 this week

Quills (2000)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  15 December 2000 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 41,571 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 309 user | 130 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 22 Feb 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 15 Jul 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Quills" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Quills (2000)

Quills (2000) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Quills.

User Polls

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Holy Smoke (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton
Hideous Kinky (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and ... See full summary »

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Kate Winslet, Bella Riza, Saïd Taghmaoui
Shine (1996)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine
Jude (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A stonemason steadfastly pursues a cousin he loves. However their love is troubled as he is married to a woman who tricked him into marriage and she is married to a man she does not love.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham
Iris I (2001)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Connecticut.

Director: Todd Field
Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson
Goldstein (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A modern-day interpretation of the story of Elijah, a prophet who supposedly heralded the end of time.

Directors: Philip Kaufman, Benjamin Manaster
Stars: Lou Gilbert, Ellen Madison, Tom Erhart
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Based on the true story of the notorious Marquis de Sade. In 18th century Paris, an innocent beauty's search for her missing sister leads her into the deadly sensuous realm of the infamous ... See full summary »

Director: Gwyneth Gibby
Stars: Nick Mancuso, Janet Gunn, John Rhys-Davies
Drama | Thriller | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

It's All About Love is the story of two lovers and their attempts to save their relationship in a near-future world on the brink of cosmic collapse. John, and world-famous ice skating star,... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, Sean Penn
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Director: Gregor Jordan
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Anna Paquin, Ed Harris
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

Director: John Turturro
Stars: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

All Jake has to do is believe to have a better future. At least, according to Chas, his old friend. Oh, and learn to surf before the Chinese satellite comes down.

Director: Max Newsom
Stars: Dugald Bruce Lockhart, Charles Haydn, Alan McKenna
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Dr. Royer-Collard
...
Madame LeClerc
...
Delbené
...
Simone
Jane Menelaus ...
Renee Pelagie
...
Prouix, the Architect
Tony Pritchard ...
Valcour
...
Cleante
Danny Babington ...
Pitou
George Antoni ...
Dauphin (as George Yiasoumi)
...
Bouchon
...
Charlotte
Edit

Storyline

The infamous writer, The Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned for unmentionable activities at Charanton Insane Asylum. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who runs the asylum, along with a beautiful laundress named Madeline. Things go terribly wrong when the Abbe finds out that the Marquis' books are being secretly published. Emperor Napoleon contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charanton and possibly the Marquis himself. Written by Emily H and Janette W

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet the Marquis de Sade. The pleasure is all his. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Letras prohibidas, la leyenda del Marqués de Sade  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£81,130 (UK) (19 January 2001)

Gross:

ESP 65,173,251 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Verhoeven was considered to direct this movie. That makes this the second movie to be passed on by Verhoeven and subsequently directed by Philip Kaufman; the first was The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Madeleine is putting on her dress after getting her wounds clean, she slips her arm into the sleeve twice. See more »

Quotes

Madeleine: [reading from a page] His greast conquest was a woman six decades his senior, and a dozen years deceased. He made love with such vigor that it dislodged her bones, and yet he afforded her the highest compliment he afforded any woman.
[long, suspenseful pause]
Madame LeClerc: Well, go on!
Madeleine: "Well worth the dig!"
See more »

Connections

References Restoration (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Au clair de la lune
Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

provocative, daring study of sexuality
4 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's post-revolutionary France. Napoleon is in power. The Age of Enlightenment is in full swing, yet the remnants of the Dark Ages still linger to restrain the thinking of many a powerful monarch, religious leader and rank-and-file common citizen. In all areas of life, the barriers to freedom and self-expression are rapidly giving way, leaving traditional institutions and values fighting for their very survival. And this includes that most sensitive of all areas, the one that has, perhaps, caused more consternation for the race than any other in our history – determining the role that sexuality plays in defining who we are physically, emotionally and spiritually. Long thought of as little more than a necessary evil, sexuality is suddenly starting to be reexamined in the light of other scientific and academic reassessments. Small wonder that at such a crucial moment in mankind's sexual awakening, a figure like the Marquis De Sade would emerge, a man whose name has since become synonymous with perversion, deviancy and licentiousness. It is this epic struggle between religion and nature for the soul of humanity that Philip Kaufman captures so brilliantly in his wickedly perverse, mordantly witty and brilliantly acted film, `Quills.'

Director Kaufman, working from a screenplay by Doug Wright (based on his play of the same name), chooses to start his tale almost at its end – at the period when De Sade was already wasting away in an insane asylum, considered too perverted and dangerous in his ideas to be allowed to run loose among the general populace. Yet, it's hard to keep a creative genius down – and De Sade has, unbeknownst to the priest who runs the facility, been regularly smuggling out manuscripts to publishers on the outside, much to the chagrin and delight of many elements of the French public. One of those least amused is Napoleon himself, who decides that he must take action in silencing this reprobate once and for all. He decides to send a `specialist' in mental health – one Dr. Royer-Collard, a man more in tune with the techniques of the Spanish Inquisition than of modern medicine – to take charge and bring De Sade to his senses. Wright's and Kaufman's other two main characters include the priest, The Abbe du Coulmier, who is keeper of the institution, and Madeleine LeClerc, a beautiful young devotee of De Sade's work who serves both as laundress and chief smuggler for the author and his works.

In many ways, the most interesting conflict turns out to be the one between De Sade and the Abbe, two men seemingly antipodes apart yet somehow able to find a common ground of mutual respect and understanding. On the one hand, we have a man who has completely thrown away all sexual inhibitions and indeed lives to not only experience every possible sexual pleasure but to encourage others to do so as well. On the other hand, we have a man who has chosen a life of chastity and celibacy, opting to completely shut down the sexual aspect of his life as a pious sublimation to God – and yet neither extreme seems normal, healthy or practicable. In fact, near the end, De Sade suffers the torment of realizing that someone he cares for very deeply has become a tragic victim of one of his `ideas' run amuck, just as the Abbe, after years of repression, finds himself inching ever closer to the insanity that he is supposed to be curing in others.

Interestingly, the Abbe, the representative of the church that held the world in the grip of the Dark Ages for so long, is actually a beacon of enlightened reason compared to Dr. Royer-Collard, the self-ascribed `Man of Science.' Here is an individual actually aligned with the Church's Medieval methods, inflicting any form of excruciating physical and psychological torture on his patients to achieve their ultimate `cure' – though we can see by the way he subtly abuses his own sixteen year old wife that `power' is, as always, the world's strongest aphrodisiac.

Special not must be taken of the superb performances by Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine and Kate Winslet. Each does a superb job in bringing these diverse and complex characters to vivid life.

In terms of art direction, costume design and cinematography, the filmmakers do a fantastic job in recreating this strange world of the past - capturing that startling admixture of piety and licentiousness that bespeaks the `dual nature in Man,' which has forever served as the basis for the epic struggle between religion and nature. In a world like the one we live in now - in which explicit pornography has found a comfortable and, indeed, quite lucrative niche - De Sade seems ever more a man ahead of his time. It was his misfortune to be born into a world not quite ready to accept the ideas he had to offer. Yet, had he been living in this century, perhaps we would never even have heard of the name De Sade at all. Perhaps he would be just another anonymous pornographer, using the camera rather than the written word to graphically illustrate his darkest sexual longings. Then again, who knows? Perhaps it would be he who founded a world famous magazine and set up a mansion dedicated solely to the propagation of male sexual pleasure. It is, in the face of `Quills,' a thought worth pondering.




75 of 89 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How Old.. AmadeusGirl
Alan Rickman joyvaleria
what books have you read? UnderTHeDoome
Is it just me... ingots56
when he takes his clothes off for abbe cot-1
Differences in DVD releases? Mstreselena
Discuss Quills (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?