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Quills

"There are no bad words... only bad deeds."

A nobleman with a literary flair, the Marquis de Sade lives in a madhouse where a beautiful laundry maid smuggles his erotic stories to a printer, defying orders from the asylum's resident priest. The titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, until a fiercely conservative doctor tries to put an end to the fun.

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Released: Sep 2nd, 2000
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

Quills Main Cast

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Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
plays The Marquis de Sade
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
plays Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
plays The Abbe du Coulmier
Michael Caine
Michael Caine
plays Dr. Royer-Collard
Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw
plays Madame LeClerc
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (factual errors): Having been whipped on the back, Madeleine proceeds to lie on her back in bed with her mother.
  • 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.
  • The real Abbe de Coulmier was a four-foot-tall hunchback.
  • SPOILER: 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.
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