Release dates: September 2, 2000
Official site: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/quills
Director: Philip Kaufman
Writer: Doug Wright – play and screenplay
Genre: Drama/History/Romance
Film Locations:
  • London, England, UK
  • Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, England,UK (Charenton Asylum exteriors)
  • Oriel Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England,UK
  • Oxford, Oxfordshire, England,UK
  • Oxfordshire, England,UK
  • Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England,UK
Plot Summary: The infamous writer, The Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned for unmentionable activities at Charanton Insane Asylum. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who run’s 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 Napolean contemplates sending Dr. Royer-Collard to oversee the asylum, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charanton and possibly the Marquis himself. Stephen Moyer plays Prouix, the Architect who has an affair with the doctor’s young wife.
  • Geoffrey Rush … The Marquis de Sade
  • Kate Winslet … Madeleine ‘Maddy’ LeClerc
  • Joaquin Phoenix … The Abbe du Coulmier
  • Michael Caine … Dr. Royer-Collard
  • Billie Whitelaw … Madame LeClerc
  • Patrick Malahide … Delbené
  • Amelia Warner … Simone
  • Jane Menelaus … Renee Pelagie
  • Stephen Moyer … Prouix, the Architect
  • Tony Pritchard … Valcour
  • Michael Jenn … Cleante
  • Danny Babington … Pitou
  • George Yiasoumi … Dauphin
  • Stephen Marcus … Bouchon
  • Elizabeth Berrington … Charlotte
  • Edward Tudor-Pole … Franval
  • Harry Jones … Orvolle
  • Bridget McConnel¹ … Madame Bougival
  • Pauline Mclynn¹ … Mademoiselle Clairwill
  • Rebecca Palmer¹ … Michette
  • Toby Sawyer … Louison
  • Daniel Ainsleigh … Guerin
  • Alex Avery … Abbe du Maupas
  • Terry O’Neill … Gaillon
  • Diana Morrison … Mademoiselle Renard
  • Carol Macready¹ … Sister Noirceuil
  • Tom Ward … The Horseman
  • Richard Mulholland … Fop
  • Ron Cook … Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Julian Tait … Pawnbroker
  • Deborah Vale … Sister Rose Fatima
  • Tessa Vale … Sister Flavie
  • Howard Lew Lewis … First Vendor
  • Andrew Dunford … Second Vendor
  • Lisa Hammond … Prostitute
  • Mathew Fraser … Lunatic Band Member
  • Jamie Beddard … Lunatic at Play
  • Julia Chasman …producer
  • Mark Huffam …co-producer
  • Peter Kaufman … producer
  • Des McAnuff … executive producer
  • Sandra Schulberg … executive producer
  • Nick Wechsler … producer
  • Rudolf Wiesmeier … executive producer
Original Music: Stephen Warbeck
Cinematography: Rogier Stoffers
Editor: Peter Boyle
  • Donna Isaacson,
  • Priscilla John
Production Design: Martin Childs
Art Direction:
  • Steven Lawrence
  • Mark Raggett (supervising art director)
Set Decoration: Jill Quertier
Visual Effects: Tim Field

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