Plot – Napoleon wants to get rid of the cumbersome Marquis de Sade and have him locked up in a mad house. In 1807 Paris, the Marquis's only visitor is his mistress Madeleine, who smuggles his later writings out of his prison. A priest who gets in touch with her will discover how dangerous the Marquis's ideas are.
All actors – Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Malahide, Amelia Warner, Jane Menelaus, Stephen Moyer, Tony Pritchard, Michael Jenn, Danny Babington, George Antoni, Stephen Marcus, Elizabeth Berrington, Edward Tudor-Pole, Harry Jones, Bridget McConnell, Pauline McLynn, Rebecca Palmer, Toby Sawyer, Daniel Ainsleigh, Alex Avery, Terry O'Neill, Diana Morrison, Carol MacReady, Tom Ward, Richard Mulholland, Ron Cook, Julian Tait, Deborah Vale, Tessa Vale, Howard Lew Lewis, Andrew Dunford, Lisa Hammond, Mathew Fraser, Jamie Beddard, Ivana Basic, Royston Muntshow all
“Quills” Quotes 25 quotes
“- Coulmier: It's nothing but an encyclopedia of perversions. One man killed his wife after reading them.
- The Marquis de Sade: It's a fiction, not a moral treatise.”
“What you need, darling, is a long, slow screw.”
“You've already stolen my heart... as well as another more prominent organ, south of the Equator.”
“Why should I love God? He strung up his only son like a side of veal. I shudder to think what he'd do to me.”
“Your terrible secret revealed, you're a man after all.”
“Some men are beyond redemption.”
“I so admire men with an appetite for... books.”
“We produce books for the discriminating collector. The compulsive inmates set the type, the listless ones do the binding and prepare the ink.”
“- Madeleine: How can we know who is good - and who is evil?
- Coulmier: All we can do is guard against our own corruption.”
“You're not the anti-Christ. You're only a malcontent who knows how to spell.”
“- Coulmier: But why must you indulge in his pornography?
- Madeleine: It's a hard days' wages slaving away for madmen, what I've seen in life - it takes a lot to hold my interest.”
“It's an entire religion based on an oxymoron.”
“You can't be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you?”
“If I wasn't such a bad woman on the page, I couldn't be such a good woman in life.”
“Some things belong on paper, others in life. It's a blessed fool who can't tell the difference.”
“- Coulmier: There are certain things... feelings... we must not voice.
- Madeleine: Why?
- Coulmier: They incite us to act on what we should not... cannot.”
“Prepare yourself for the most impure tale ever to spring from the mind of man.”
“These chastity vows of yours. How strict are they? Suppose you only put it in her mouth?”