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(2000)

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Geoffrey Rush's real-life wife, Jane Menelaus, plays de Sade's wife.
Every single line from the script that was cut made it into the film either written on de Sade's clothing, the bed sheets or in his prison cell at the end.
Geoffrey Rush directed the play that the asylum residents put on.
Hugh Jackman was considered for the role of Abbe de Coulmier, which went to Kate Winslet's choice of Joaquin Phoenix.
The actors playing the inmates all had their characters diagnosed with genuine mental illnesses by a psychiatrist.
The prop department asked for details of de Sade's diet so that they could get the consistency of mixture of the "ink" in the final scene.
The real Abbe de Coulmier was a four-foot-tall hunchback.
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Special plastic/pleather shoes had to be made for Joaquin Phoenix. As a strict vegan, he refused to wear leather.
The genuine model head cast from the real Marie Antoinette (and on loan from Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London) is in the basket of aristocratic victims.
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The works of de Sade read out in the film were actually written by Doug Wright.
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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).
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The tune that the Marquis de Sade keeps humming throughout the film is the French children's song "Au Clair de la Lune" by Jean-Baptiste Lully, the second line of which becomes increasingly relevant - roughly translated, it is "lend me your quill so I can write a word".
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet and Michael Caine; and one Oscar nominee: Joaquin Phoenix.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Though the events in the film are based on reality, they have definitely been 'tarted up' as the opening disclaimer says. In real life, the 'Marquis de Sade''s second wife, Marie-Constance Quesnet, was living with him at Charenton, along with their daughter. He was sleeping with Madeleine Leclerc (Kate Winslet's character) who was only 13. And contrary to Geoffrey Rush's physical appearance, the real Marquis was, by this point in his life, extremely obese. He never had his tongue cut out, and died in bed.
The rosary that appears in the film, which de Sade uses to commit suicide, is made out of light and dark chocolate.
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