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973 Ratings


Directed by Philip Kaufman
Germany, United Kingdom, 2000
Drama, Romance


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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Quills Directed by Philip Kaufman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2001 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

This simplistic view would make me livid if I cared more about the integrity of Quills and its fidelity to history, including intellectual history — as much as I care, say, about the integrity of the Coen brothers' forthcoming O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its fidelity to Mississippi, the Depression, the popular front, the Ku Klux Klan... Instead of being livid, I quickly decided I preferred to be entertained by Kaufman's sexiness and silliness — Quills is a guilty pleasure I chose to indulge.
December 15, 2000
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