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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.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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... The Marquis de Sade
... Madeleine
... Coulmier
... Royer-Collard
... Madame LeClerc
... Delbené
... Simone
Jane Menelaus ... Renee Pelagie
... Prouix
Tony Pritchard ... Valcour
... Cleante
Danny Babington ... Pitou
George Antoni ... Dauphin (as George Yiasoumi)
... Bouchon
... Charlotte
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The infamous writer, the Marquis de Sade of 18th 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. The 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 himself. Written by Emily H and Janette W

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

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Biography | Drama

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

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25 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Letras prohibidas, la leyenda del Marqués de Sade  »

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Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$249,383, 26 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,060,876, 29 April 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,989,227, 31 December 2000
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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. See more »

Goofs

When guillotining someone, a wooden piece called a lunette is placed above the neck so the condemned can't move it. No lunette was used in the opening scene. See more »

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Dr. Royer-Collard: You know how I define idealism, Monsieur Delbenet? Youth's final luxury.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sean Hayes/Shaggy (2001) See more »

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Au clair de la lune
Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully
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Philip Kaufmann has produced yet another amazing piece of work
14 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Quills is one of the best films of 2000, in my reckoning, second best only to You Can Count on Me. It is one of the most brilliantly directed, acted, produced, and written films I've seen in a very long time. There is not a (major) character in this film that is not very complex, and the issues at stake are utterly important.

Perhaps the greatest success of the film is how well it works on commenting both on its own time and situations and our own world today. The issues of free speech, creativity, dementia, corporal punishment, religion, sexuality and especially politics are woven into the film in amazing ways. Yes, politics, for it works as an allegory to the recent presidential scandals.

There are two flaws, one major, one semi-major. The semi-major one involves the epilogue. It is not bad, but it is unnecessary. Perhaps the best way to describe it is superfluous and predictable. The major flaw would destroy any lesser film. Here, it is hardly noticable. Still, if one contemplates it, there is no getting around it. There is never a believable reason why Madeleine should be so helpful to the Marquis de Sade. They present a tiny one, but it is not good enough.

Still, with its successes elsewhere, these flaws do not weaken this film. Without them, it would have been perfect. With them, well, just because it is flawed, doesn't mean it isn't a masterpiece. 10/10


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