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Doug Wright (play)
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Release Date:
15 December 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
There are no bad words... only bad deeds. See more »
Plot:
In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 38 nominations See more »
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Quills inspires a seemingly improper sense of affinity and a terrifying new definition of sin. See more (308 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Geoffrey Rush ... The Marquis de Sade

Kate Winslet ... Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc

Joaquin Phoenix ... The Abbe du Coulmier

Michael Caine ... Dr. Royer-Collard

Billie Whitelaw ... Madame LeClerc

Patrick Malahide ... Delbené

Amelia Warner ... Simone
Jane Menelaus ... Renee Pelagie

Stephen Moyer ... Prouix, the Architect
Tony Pritchard ... Valcour

Michael Jenn ... Cleante

Danny Babington ... Pitou
George Antoni ... Dauphin (as George Yiasoumi)

Stephen Marcus ... Bouchon

Elizabeth Berrington ... Charlotte

Edward Tudor-Pole ... Franval
Harry Jones ... Orvolle
Bridget McConnell ... Madame Bougival (as Bridget McConnel)

Pauline McLynn ... Mademoiselle Clairwill (as Pauline Mclynn)
Rebecca Palmer ... Michette
Toby Sawyer ... Louison
Daniel Ainsleigh ... Guerin
Alex Avery ... Abbe du Maupas
Terry O'Neill ... Gaillon
Diana Morrison ... Mademoiselle Renard
Carol MacReady ... Sister Noirceuil (as Carol Macready)
Tom Ward ... The Horseman

Richard Mulholland ... Fop

Ron Cook ... Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
Julian Tait ... Pawnbroker
Deborah Vale ... Sister Rose Fatima

Tessa Vale ... Sister Flavie
Howard Lew Lewis ... First Vendor
Andrew Dunford ... Second Vendor
Lisa Hammond ... Prostitute
Mathew Fraser ... Lunatic Band Member
Jamie Beddard ... Lunatic at Play
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ivana Basic ... Lunatic (uncredited)
Royston Munt ... Footman (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Kaufman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Doug Wright (play)

Doug Wright (screenplay)

Produced by
Julia Chasman .... producer
Mark Huffam .... co-producer
Peter Kaufman .... producer
Des McAnuff .... executive producer
Sandra Schulberg .... executive producer
Nick Wechsler .... producer
Rudolf G. Wiesmeier .... executive producer (as Rudolf Wiesmeier)
 
Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck 
 
Cinematography by
Rogier Stoffers (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boyle 
 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
Priscilla John 
 
Production Design by
Martin Childs 
 
Art Direction by
Steven Lawrence 
Mark Raggett (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Jill Quertier 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline West 
 
Makeup Department
Jo Allen .... prosthetic technician
Nuala Conway .... chief hair stylist
Nuala Conway .... chief makeup artist
Martha Fein .... prosthetic technician
Andy Hunt .... prosthetic technician
Peter King .... hair designer
Peter King .... makeup designer
Kate Lee .... hair stylist
Kate Lee .... makeup artist
Conor O'Sullivan .... prosthetic supervisor
Robin Schoonraad .... prosthetic technician
Tristan Schoonraad .... prosthetic technician (as Tristam Schoonraad)
Stuart Sewell .... prosthetic technician
Jeremy Woodhead .... hair stylist
Jeremy Woodhead .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... makeup hair artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Armstrong .... third assistant director: second unit
Vic Armstrong .... second unit director
Toby Hefferman .... second second assistant director
Olivia Lloyd .... second assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... third assistant director
Mari Roberts .... third assistant director
Deborah Saban .... first assistant director
Richard Styles .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... supervising carpenter
Steve Alder .... carpenter
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Mark Bailey .... stagehand
Geoff Ball .... carpenter
Vince Bartlett .... props runaround
Gerry Batson .... props runaround
Ashley Bell .... plasterer's laborer
Ernie Bell .... painter
Otis A. Bell .... chargehand plasterer's laborer (as Otis Bell)
Frances Bennett .... graphics
Frances Bennett .... stand-by art director
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Doug Bishop .... scenic artist
John Blakeley .... sculptor
Celia Bobak .... production buyer
Tony Boxall .... supervising plasterer
Dean Budd .... painter's laborer
Paul Budd .... chargehand painter's laborer
Alastair Bullock .... draughtsperson
Alan Burrows .... construction stand-by
John Butler .... plasterer
Ray Campbell .... stand-by painter
Malcolm Carlo .... stagehand
Neil Clark .... plasterer
Stan Cook .... dressing propman
Chris Corke .... carpenter
Steven Corke .... carpenter
George Coussins .... head carpenter
Richard Denyer .... carpenter
Andrew Dixon .... carpenter (as Andy Dixon)
Keith Dyett .... supervising carpenter
Bob Eames .... carpenter
Stephen Eels .... stand-by carpenter (as Steve Eels)
Gavin Fitch .... assistant art director
Matthew Gray .... draughtsperson (as Matt Gray)
Kavin Hall .... head painter
Richard Hall .... painter
Ralph Harrison .... carpenter
Katy Harvey .... art department assistant (as Katy Pain)
Paul J. Hayes .... carpenter (as Paul Hayes)
Les Hazell .... carpenter
Martin Hedinger .... painter
Jessie Hepple .... art department assistant
John Hicks .... plasterer
Robert Hill .... chargehand painter (as Bob Hill)
Bill Howarth .... painter
Gary Ixer .... stand-by propman
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsperson
Arthur Jones .... supervising carpenter
Leslie Jones .... carpenter (as Les Jones)
Paul Jones .... plasterer
Jennie Lambert .... construction nurse
Robert Langridge .... stand-by stagehand
Richard Lyon .... construction buyer
Kevin McCarthy .... painter
Fred Myatt .... carpenter
Terry Newvell .... chargehand stagehand
Ronald Nicholls .... wood machinist (as Ron Nicholls)
Gary Norris .... plasterer
Ray Norris .... carpenter
Chris O'Neill .... plasterer's laborer (as Chris O'Neil)
Ian Pape .... chargehand rigger
Brian Pegg .... plasterer
Michael Redding .... construction coordinator
Mark Riding .... plasterer
Ian Rolfe .... stand-by rigger
Fred Round .... carpenter
Richard Rowlands .... chargehand wood machinist
Nick Russo .... carpenter (as Nicola Russo)
Andy Sandbach .... stand-by plasterer
Roy Seers .... supervising plasterer
David Skinner .... painter (as Dave Skinner)
Warren Stickley .... dressing propman
Gary Stokes .... plasterer
Don Taylor .... head plasterer
Alistair Thompson .... construction accountant
Alan Tilley .... carpenter
David Trice .... carpenter (as Dave Trice)
Anthony Turner .... plasterer (as Tony Turner)
Bill Turner .... construction runaround
Jeannie Udall .... construction nurse (as Jeanie Udall)
Tim Wake .... carpenter
Peter Wallace .... supervising rigger
Peter Wallis .... dressing propman
Peter Wallis .... propmaker
Peter Western .... supervising painter
Clive Wheeler .... stagehand
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Jamie Wilkinson .... chargehand dressing propman
Simon Wilkinson .... chargehand stand-by props
David Williamson .... carpenter (as Dave Williamson)
Ken Wilson .... supervising stagehand
Douglas Woods .... plasterer
 
Sound Department
Michael Axinn .... assistant adr editor (as Mike Axinn)
Michael Axinn .... assistant dialogue editor (as Mike Axinn)
Lisa Chino .... assistant supervising sound editor
Frank E. Eulner .... supervising sound editor (as Frank Eulner)
Sue Fox .... adr editor (as Suzanne Fox)
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Lacey .... dialogue editor
Steve Mayer .... sound maintenance
John Midgley .... sound mixer
June Prinz .... boom operator
Bob Risk .... adr editor: UK
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
John Verbeck .... foley editor
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Brian Chumney .... digital sound technician (uncredited)
Gabriel Guy .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Brian Magerkurth .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Richard Quinn .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects coordinator
Mark Haddenham .... senior special effects technician
John Van Der Pool .... senior special effects technician (as John Vanderpool)
Ian Lowe .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Mark Roberts .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Field .... visual effects supervisor
Steven Begg .... visual effects director (uncredited)
Angus Cameron .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Max Dennison .... matte painter (uncredited)
Daniel Pettipher .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Magic Camera Co (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator
Richard Bradshaw .... stunts
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunt coordinator
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Neil Finnighan .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunt coordinator
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts (as Jazza Jeyes)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Sam Barnes .... clapper loader
Robert Brock .... electrician
Tony Burns .... electrician (as Tony Burnes)
Tony Cardenas .... rigger
Kevin Edland .... rigging gaffer
Jasper Fforde .... focus puller
Peter Field .... camera operator: second unit
Mark Fox-Potten .... rigger (as Mark Fox-Potton)
Stuart Graham .... film loader: second unit
Stuart Graham .... focus puller: second unit
Alan Grosch .... generator operator
John Higgins .... gaffer
Angus Hudson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gary Hutchings .... camera grip
Martin Lewis .... camera car
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator
Ronnie Phillips .... electrician
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Jose Romero .... rigger
Joe Russo .... rigger
Colin Seers .... rigger
Kenneth Serth .... rigger (as Ken Serth)
John Turner .... electrician
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Dean Wilkinson .... electrician
Sophie Wilson .... camera trainee
Angus Hudson .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Dylan Jones .... video assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Ilenka Jelowicki .... crowd casting assistant
Orla Maxwell .... casting assistant (as Orla Pulton)
Hannah Stokely .... crowd casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Brookman .... wardrobe master
Jane Clive .... costume painter
Ian Maskell .... wardrobe bus
Helen Mattocks .... wardrobe assistant
Michael O'Connor .... assistant costume designer
James Smith .... costumer: Mr. Caine
Suzi Turnbull .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Alec Gibson .... color timer
Robert Marty .... post-production coordinator: USA (as Bob Marty)
Julian May .... second assistant editor
Liz Roe .... first assistant editor
Tim Fox .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
David Suther .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Matt Barr .... music editor
Chris Dibble .... music mixer
Chris Dibble .... music recordist
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Andrew Green .... additional orchestrator
Andrew Green .... assistant to composer
Andrew Green .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Robert Hollingworth .... choral coordinator
Robin Lee .... music editor
Tony Lewis .... music editor
Graham Read .... music preparation
Stephen Warbeck .... orchestrator
Rolf Wilson .... orchestra leader
Lewis Jones .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gary Birmingham .... transportation captain
John Butters .... driver: cast
Andrew Clark .... driver: unit minibus
John Hollywood .... driver: cast
Roy Hopkins .... driver: crowd wardrobe bus
Mike Moran .... driver: construction minibus
Colin Morris .... driver: cast
Neil Pearson .... stand-by driver: props
Jim Pinhorn .... dining bus driver
Gerry Turner .... driver: makeup bus
 
Other crew
Jane Berry .... trainee script supervisor
Elaine Burt .... production coordinator
Sandra Butterworth .... voice
Paul Clarvis .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Nick Cooper .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Joe Dapello .... production counsel: Hollywood Partners (as Joseph Dapello)
Sophie Dasic .... post-production accountant
Nicholas Du Boulay .... floor runner (as Nick Du Boulay)
Martin Flower .... assistant: Geoffrey Rush
David Guymer .... work experience
Christoph Haesner .... production counsel: Hollywood Partners
Carolyn Hall .... financial controller
Tim Harries .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Jono Hart .... assistant: Julia Chasman and Nick Wechsler, USA
Richard Henry .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Sarah Homer .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Paul Jackson .... health and safety officer
Carrie Johnson .... unit nurse
Dave Jones .... facilities generator
Dylan Jones .... trainee script supervisor
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Debbie Kaye .... horses and carriages
Leslie Kaye .... assistant: Philip Kaufman and Peter Kaufman, USA
Gary Kettel .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Emily Lascelles .... assistant production coordinator
Dominic Latham .... work experience
Elizabeth Lee .... assistant: Philip Kaufman and Peter Kaufman, USA
Sara Longmuir .... accounting assistant (as Sarah Longmuir)
Hilary Marx .... assistant: Julia Chasman and Nick Wechsler, USA
Shaun McKeever .... health and safety officer
Hugh Montgomery .... work experience
Cho Moon .... production coordinator: Hollywood Partners (as Moon Cho)
Sarah Moore .... production runner
Janice Mordue .... title designer
Lara Murray .... location finder
Rachel Neale .... location manager
Clarissa Newman .... assistant: Philip Kaufman and Peter Kaufman
Clive Noakes .... laboratory liaison
Sean O'Connor .... unit car
John Parricelli .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Claire Robertson .... assistant production accountant
Martin Robertson .... band member: The Quills Specialist Band
Katherine Rodden .... work experience
Samantha Rosich .... assistant: Julia Chasman and Nick Wechsler
Amanda Scott .... assistant: Kate Winslet
Vicki Sherwin .... work experience
Jeff Sommerville .... assistant: Julia Chasman and Nick Wechsler: USA
Piers Tempest .... assistant: Philip Kaufman and Peter Kaufman
Samantha Thomas .... location manager: Oxford
Charles Vaughan .... floor runner
Britta Ziegert .... financial controller: Hollywood Partners
Steve Morphew .... stand-in: Geoffrey Rush (uncredited)
Erin Waters .... office production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David McDowell .... thanks (as David McDowell M.D.)
Jody Podolsky .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, violence and language
Runtime:
124 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Geoffrey Rush directed the play that the asylum residents put on.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Simone is buying her copy of "Justine", the date visible on the cover is MDCCCCVII: 1907. There is one C too many.See more »
Quotes:
Royer-Collard:If you're going to martyr yourself Abbe, do it for God, not the chambermaid.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Assembling the League (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Au clair de la luneSee more »

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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Quills inspires a seemingly improper sense of affinity and a terrifying new definition of sin., 28 May 2005
Author: jltredinnick from United States

Quills is a delightfully unsettling account of the demise of the Marquis de Sade and those he brings down with him. The film presents viewers with all the evidence they need to identify the fallacies of society's separation of "good" from "evil" and "moralists" from "sinners." It subtly asserts that the values traditionally used to pass judgment are compromised by convention and religion, and that there is moral danger in accepting these values without question.

During the film, one form of sin is only replaced by another, which defeats its resistors and beguiles the rest by hiding behind a pretentious shroud of religion and convention.

Viewers are horrified to discover that they can actually identify with the marquis, whose name inspired the word "sadist" to describe those who derive sexual pleasure from violence. Most viewers' senses of morality are sullied by the realization that they are hanging on every twist of the plot, desperate to know what will next beset these wretched characters.

Based on historical fact, Quills catches up with the Marquis (Geoffrey Rush) during the twilight of his life, when he has already been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Charenton Asylum. No longer able to pursue the perverse sexual escapades that had landed him in the madhouse after decades of unspeakable offenses, he now purges his demons by writing. At the urging of the saintly, ever-tolerant and even-tempered Abbe Coulmier (Joaquin Phoenix), the marquis describes his imagination's disturbing scenes on paper.

Trouble arises when one of his books, smuggled to a publisher by a sympathetic admirer - innocent laundry maid Madeleine (Kate Winslet) - catch the disapproving eye of Emperor Napoleon.

There is no escape from sin when the man sent to purify the Charenton, Dr. Royer-Collard (Michael Caine), only seeks to replace it with intolerance and unimaginable cruelty.

True to the spirit of the film, the sets are imbued befittingly with gloom and grime, and the inhabitants of the Charenton are realistically ragged.

Rush and Winslet's performances as the marquis and Madeleine are stunning. The film's delicious impropriety is heightened by their chemistry, which is so potent as to be communicable to viewers.

The super-intelligent plot is unexpectedly circular, leaving viewers feeling as though they may well be next in line for the madness bred at the Charenton. Their fears are seemingly verified by he change they know the film has already inspired in them.

Far from resolutive, the only solace the ending holds for viewers is a sense of, "Aha, now I know," and a new way to evaluate the good in evil in themselves and others.

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