There are no bad words... only bad deeds.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Doug Wright - Screenwriter
    • Featurette:
      1. "Marquis on the Marquee: A Discussion About the Screenplay Written by Doug Wright"
      2. "Creating Charenton"
      3. "Dressing the Part"
    • Trailers:
      1. Original Theatrical Trailer
      2. Spanish Theatrical Trailer
      3. TV Spots
      4. Music Promo Spot
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Fact & Film: Historical and Production Information
    • Still Gallery

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"If I wasn't such a bad woman on the page, I couldn't be such a good woman in life."
  - Madeleine (Kate Winslet) to Abbe Coulmier (Joaquin Phoenix)

Entertainment Reviews:

Movieline's Hollywood Life - 11/01/2000
"...Funny, engrossing and unpredictable....Rush gives a towering portrayal of one of the most infamous men in history..."
New York Times - 11/22/2000
"...Geoffrey Rush [plays] Sade as a gleeful voluptuary unfettered by either morality [or] sentimentality....Mr. Kaufman revels in the chaos....Ms. Winslet's shrewdness as an actress has never been better displayed than it is here..."
Box Office - 11/01/2000
"...Rush relishes his role....Winslet captures both the beauty and the spirit of the character..."
Hollywood Reporter - 10/31/2000
"...[Rush] runs with it. It's a brave, take-no-prisoners performance....Winslet manages to instill nice complexity...as does Phoenix..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/15/2000
Premiere - 03/01/2004
"[T]he film raises strong questions about literary freedom and the suppression of ideas."
Uncut - 02/01/2004
"Kaufman rewards our seduction by sauce and wit with a final act of nightmare farce."

Plot Keywords:

Sadomasochism (S&m) | Sex | Theatrical Release | Violence | Writers

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: November 22, 2000.
  • Doug Wright's play won an Obie Award.
  • The Marquis de Sade's written works remained banned in France until the mid-1960s.
  • The real Abbe Coulmier was a four-foot-tall hunchback.
  • The Marquis de Sade was the originator of the term "sadist": one who receives sexual satisfaction from the infliction of pain on others.
  • The Marquis de Sade died in the Charenton Asylum in 1814.
  • Michael Caine told the New York Daily News in January 2001, "It looks serious onscreen, but the more serious the subject, the more funny it is on the set. When things are too bizarre to contemplate as a human being, you have to deal with it with a sense of humor."
  • The National Board of Review named QUILLS the best film of 2000.
  • The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated QUILLS for Best Picture.
  • Peter Clinton of cnn.com named QUILLS one of the 10 best films of 2000.
  • Geoffrey Rush received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Drama.
  • The Florida Film Critics Circle and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society named Geoffrey Rush Best Actor for his stellar performance in QUILLS.
  • Doug Wright was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay--Motion Picture.

    The San Diego Film Critics Society's Best Body of Work award for 2000 went to Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR, QUILLS, THE YARDS).
  • Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Supporting Actor by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for his work in GLADIATOR, QUILLS, and THE YARDS.

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