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The Libertine

Year:
Duration:
114 min
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
6.4
Director:
Laurence Dunmore
Awards:
2 wins & 8 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2006-03-10
Filming Locations: Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset, England, UK
Earnings
Opening Weekend: $2,202,799 (USA) (12 March 2006)
Gross: $4,835,065 (USA) (20 April 2006)
Cast
Actor
Character
Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike
The Libertine
Johnny Depp
Rochester
Paul Ritter
Chiffinch
John Malkovich
Charles II
Stanley Townsend
Keown
Francesca Annis
Countess
Tom Hollander
Etherege
Johnny Vegas
Sackville
Richard Coyle
Alcock
Tom Burke
Vaughan
Hugh Sachs
Ratcliffe
Rupert Friend
Downs
Jack Davenport
Harris
Trudi Jackson
Rose
Samantha Morton
Elizabeth Barry
Clare Higgins
Molly Luscombe (as Claire Higgins)
Freddie Jones
Betterton
Robert Wilfort
Huysmans
Jake Curran
Sackville's Servant
Paul Chahidi
Barrillon
Kevin Doyle
Constable
Morgan Walters
Trooper
Niall Buggy
Chaplain
Peter Howell
Bishop
T.P. McKenna
Black Rod (as TP McKenna)
Maimie McCoy
Acting Troop
Richard Wills-Cotton
Acting Troop
Penny Layden
Acting Troop
Olivia Higginbottom
Acting Troop (as Kate Olivia Higginbottom)
Amy Darcy
Acting Troop
Cara Horgan
Acting Troop
Graham Hughes
Acting Troop
Liam McKenna
Acting Troop
Habib Nasib Nader
Acting Troop
Laurence Spellman
Acting Troop
Robert Sterne
Acting Troop
Katie Beale
Dancer
Anna Serena Bindra
Dancer
Fleur Davidson
Dancer
Natascha Falter
Dancer
Hannah Gould
Dancer
Alice Hutcheson
Dancer
Harriette Quarrie
Dancer
Susie Valerio
Dancer (as Susanna Valerio)
Louisa Bawden
Orange Seller (uncredited)
Sacha Bennett
King Charles II's Servant (uncredited)
Amanda Girvan
Prostitute (uncredited)
Shane MacGowan
17th Century Bard (uncredited)
Davo McConville
Rochester's Valet (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Most of the film was lit using candles rather than conventional movie lights. In order to keep the effect of candles but still get enough light, cinematographer Alexander Melman designed a special piece of equipment, a stand than held a bank of candles and a reflective backing. These were known on the set as Birthday Cakes.
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Laurence Dunmore operated the camera for almost every shot in the film.
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Unlike most period films, this one was shot almost entirely with a hand-held camera. The two most notable shots with a fixed camera (not a hand held one) are the two panoramas of the interior of the theater, which was intentional.
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Goofs
Looks closely at the back of the person being prodded and whipped around 1:17:10 (in Dr. Bendo's room shortly after Alcock pees into a vial), you can faintly see quite a large tattoo in the small of the lady's back that hasn't completely been covered by the make-up.
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The Earl of Rochester reads an insulting poem he wrote about Charles II which implies that the King is impotent, and insists this "is true." In fact, Charles II was a noted womanizer who fathered at least a dozen illegitimate children by seven mistresses.
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In the playhouse, after Harris announces the kings arrival, Lord Rochester starts to remove his hat with his right hand on the crown of the hat. In the next shot, he is removing it with his left hand on the brim of the hat.
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Quotes
Rochester: Oh, written a new play has he? All those afternoons pretending to slope of and roger his mistress, like a decent chap, he was lurking in his rooms poking away at a play. That is disgusting, George.
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King Charles II: I can't get money out of Louis unless I dissolve Parliament, and I can't get money out of Parliament unless I fight Louis.
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Elizabeth Malet: Is the fault mine? If I were a better wife would you not need the whorehouse and the inn?
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Photos from cast
Rosamund Pike Kelly Reilly