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- Director: Philip Kaufman
- Release Date: 22 March 2001 (Hong Kong)
- Run Time: 124 min
- Country: USA , Germany , UK
- Genre: Biography , Drama , History , Romance
- MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, violence and language.
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Tagline: There are no bad words... only bad deeds.
Trivia: The real Abbe de Coulmier was a four-foot-tall hunchback.
Goofs: Continuity: When Madeleine is putting on her dress after getting her wounds clean, she slips her arm into the sleeve twice.
"The infamous writer, The Marquis de Sade of 18th Century France, is imprisoned for unmentionable activities at Charanton Insane Asylumn. He manages to befriend the young Abbe de Coulmier, who run's the asylumn, 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 asylumn, a man famed for his torturous punishments. It could mean the end of Charanton and possibly the Marquis himself"