R | | Biography, Drama
In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.
Every single line from the script that was cut, made it into the film, either written on de Sade's clothing, the bed sheets or in his prison cell at the end.
You can't be a proper writer without a touch of madness, can you?
When guillotining someone, a wooden piece called a lunette is placed above the neck so the condemned can't move it. No lunette was used in the opening scene.
$249,383 (USA) (26 November 2000)
$7,060,876 (USA) (29 April 2001)
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