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Quills (2000)

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

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Doug Wright (play), Doug Wright (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... The Marquis de Sade
Kate Winslet ... Madeleine
Joaquin Phoenix ... Coulmier
Michael Caine ... Royer-Collard
Billie Whitelaw ... Madame LeClerc
Patrick Malahide ... Delbené
Amelia Warner ... Simone
Jane Menelaus Jane Menelaus ... Renee Pelagie
Stephen Moyer ... Prouix
Tony Pritchard Tony Pritchard ... Valcour
Michael Jenn ... Cleante
Danny Babington ... Pitou
George Antoni George Antoni ... Dauphin (as George Yiasoumi)
Stephen Marcus ... Bouchon
Elizabeth Berrington ... Charlotte
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Storyline

The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of eighteenth century France, is imprisoned at Charenton Insane Asylum for unmentionable activities. He manages to befriend the young Abbé 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 Charenton and possibly the Marquis. Written by Emily H and Janette W

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There are no bad words... only bad deeds. See more »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$249,383, 26 November 2000

Gross USA:

$7,065,332

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,989,227
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Geoffrey Rush's real-life wife, Jane Menelaus, played de Sade's wife. 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

Coulmier: There are certain things... feelings... we must not voice.
Madeleine: Why?
Coulmier: They incite us to act on what we should not... cannot.
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Connections

Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) See more »

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A case of the quill being mightier than the sword.
30 June 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

The movie features a great and original story of a writer, who happens to be an insane asylum inmate, during the Napoleonic era who through his writing knows to manipulate and control everyone around him, of all levels of society. His stories are daringly sexual orientated (for its time of course) and is attracting all kinds of people. Amazingly enough the story is even supposedly based on a true story, although of course the movie story-wise took some liberties, with its characters as well.

The movie doesn't only focus on its main manipulative character but also those around him, who basically each have an own motive and story-line in the movie but are of course all connected with each through the stories and the Marquis de Sade personally. It of course helps in this that all of the characters are being portrayed by some excellent actors.

It's not your typical costumes drama and it also isn't a typical Philip Kaufman movie. Kaufman doesn't direct often or many movies but when he does it normally is always something good and also special, that is just a bit different from the usual genre movie the movie gets made in. Of course this movie features a lot of sexual undertone, which gives the movie a special and also yet somehow unpleasant kind of atmosphere, which I mean in a positive way.

As could be expected, the dialog for this film is amazing. It's deliciously old fashioned and often poetic. Really some Shakespearian like written here. And again, it really helps that the movie has some great actors delivering the lines.

Geoffrey Rush is a real scene stealer and no wonder he received an Oscar nomination for his role in this movie. It further more features the other multiple nominee- and Oscar winners such as Michael Caine, Kate Winslet and Joaquin Phoenix. The four principal actors, as of yet, share a total of 13 Oscar nominations and 3 wins. It says something about their qualities and the acting performances in this movie.

Of course the movie is also great looking with its sets and costumes as well as with its cinematography and directing style.

On a downside note, the movie tends to be a bit overlong. Even though the movie is just over 2 hours long, it still feels much longer and it gives you the feeling the movie should had reached its conclusion earlier on. It's not that the movie ever bores, it just starts to drag a bit as it heads toward its ending.

A special kind of movie that is worth watching.

8/10

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