D: Philip Kaufman
20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight/Industry (Julia Chasman, Nick Wechsler & Peter Kaufman)
W: Doug Wright [based on his play]
DP: Roger Stoffers
Ed: Peter Boyle
Mus: Stephen Warbeck
PD: Martin Childs
Cos: Jacqueline West
Geoffrey Rush (Marquis de Sade), Kate Winslet (Madeleine LeClerc), Joaquin Phoenix (Abbé de Coulmier), Michael Caine (Dr. Royer-Collard), Billie Whitelaw (Madame LeClerc)
Geoffrey Rush delivers a fantastic performance as the Marquis de Sade during his imprisonment in Charenton asylum, where he overcomes all attempts to prevent him writing.
This film's strengths not only lie in the fantastic performances on display, but also the meticulous attention to period detail, which make it thoroughly convincing that this is a work of fantasy rather than fact.