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Quills (2000)

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Coming Out at 22 November 2000 in theaters

Biography, Drama

Quills is period film directed by Philip Kaufman and adapted from the Obie award-winning play by Doug Wright, who also wrote the original screenplay. Inspired by the life and work of the Marquis de Sade, Quills re-imagines the last years of the Marquis’s incarceration in the insane asylum at Charenton. It stars Geoffrey Rush as de Sade, Joaquin Phoenix as the Abbé du Coulmier, Michael Caine as Dr. Royer-Collard, and Kate Winslet as laundress Madeleine “Maddie” LeClerc.

Well-received by critics, Quills garnered numerous accolades for Rush, including nominations for an Oscar, BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film was a modest art house success, averaging $27,709 per screen its debut weekend, and eventually grossing $17,989,277 internationally. Cited by historians as factually inaccurate, Quills filmmakers and writers said they were not making a biography of de Sade, but exploring issues such as censorship, pornography, sex, art, mental illness, and religion. It was released with an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and an 18 rating from the British Board of Film Classification due to “strong horror, violence, sex, sexual violence, and nudity”.

Director: Philip Kaufman

Writers: Doug Wright (play), Doug Wright

Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Malahide, Amelia Warner

Cast:

Geoffrey RushThe Marquis de Sade
Kate WinsletMadeleine
Joaquin PhoenixCoulmier
Michael CaineRoyer-Collard
Billie WhitelawMadame LeClerc
Patrick MalahideDelbené
Amelia WarnerSimone
Jane MenelausRenee Pelagie
Stephen MoyerProuix
Tony PritchardValcour
Michael JennCleante
Danny BabingtonPitou
George AntoniDauphin
Stephen MarcusBouchon
Elizabeth BerringtonCharlotte
Edward Tudor-PoleFranval
Harry JonesOrvolle
Bridget McConnellMadame Bougival
Pauline McLynnMademoiselle Clairwill
Rebecca PalmerMichette
Toby SawyerLouison
Daniel AinsleighGuerin
Alex AveryAbbe du Maupas
Terry O’NeillGaillon
Diana MorrisonMademoiselle Renard
Carol MacReadySister Noirceuil
Tom WardThe Horseman
Richard MulhollandFop
Ron CookNapoleon
Jules TaitPawnbroker
Deborah ValeSister Rose Fatima
Tessa ValeSister Flavie
Howard Lew LewisFirst Vendor
Andrew DunfordSecond Vendor
Lisa HammondProstitute
Mathew FraserLunatic Band Member
Jamie BeddardLunatic at Play
Ivana BasicLunatic
Royston MuntFootman

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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