The Libertine

The Libertine

Director: Laurence Dunmore Cast: Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton
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The Libertine

A man who lives for pleasure finds his hedonism betrays him in time in this film adaptation of the play by Stephen Jeffreys. The second Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), was a notorious figure in 17th century Europe; well-respected as a poet and author, Wilmot also earned no small degree of gossip for his freewheeling sex life and appetite for decadence. Wilmot was close friends with Charles II (John Malkovich), the powerful and Machiavellian ruler of England, and enjoyed a passionate romance with Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton), an actress of note. But Wilmot's seemingly charmed life took a turn for the worse when he wrote a satirical play lampooning his friend Charles II; the monarch failed to see the humor, and exiled the author from Britain. Wilmot found little solace in his relationship with Barry, especially after he contracted syphilis and began drinking heavily as the disease tore away at his body and his mind. The Libertine was produced in part by John Malkovich, who played the role of John Wilmot in a production of Stephen Jeffreys' original play.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2006
UPC: 0796019794060
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Weinstein Company
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:54:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Making of documentary; Director commentary; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester
John Malkovich King Charles II
Samantha Morton Elizabeth Berry
Rosamund Pike Elizabeth Malet
Tom Hollander Sir George Etherege
Johnny Vegas Charles Sackville
Kelly Reilly Jane
Jack Davenport Harris
Richard Coyle Alcock
Francesca Annis Countess
Rupert Friend Downs
Clare Higgins Molly Luscombe
Tom Burke Vaughan

Technical Credits
Laurence Dunmore Director
Chase Bailey Executive Producer
Lucy Bevan Casting
Jill Bilcock Editor
Steve Christian Executive Producer
Louise Goodsill Executive Producer
Lianne Halfon Producer
John Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Jeffreys Screenwriter
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Max Keene Art Director
John Malkovich Producer
Alexander Melman Cinematographer
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Peter Owen Makeup
Patrick Rolfe Art Director
Peter Samuelson Executive Producer
Marc Samuelson Executive Producer
Roger Savage Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Russ Smith Producer
Russell Smith Producer
Ben Van Os Production Designer
Dien van Straalen Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Libertine
1. You Will Not Like Me [3:49]
2. The Earl of Rochester Returns to London [3:29]
3. The Earl and His Subjects [4:27]
4. A Thief and a Rogue [3:50]
5. The Royal Figure Beckons [5:17]
6. In Which Rochester Meets Elizabeth Barry [4:54]
7. Elizabeth Had her Shakespeare, You Can Be Mine [10:35]
8. They Say Men Fall Three Times [4:47]
9. Still Life With Rochester [4:48]
10. The Different States of Orphelia [5:52]
11. Rochester Returns Home [4:05]
12. Elizabeth Calls on Rochester [4:38]
13. The King's Plan [2:20]
14. The King Conspires With Elizabeth [2:31]
15. The Play [12:13]
16. Rochester As Dr. Bendo [:01]
17. The King Finds the Earl [2:57]
18. Coming Home to Die [4:13]
19. A Death Bed Convert [4:47]
20. Saving the Monarchy [2:01]
21. A Child Out of Passion [6:06]
22. Tried to Speak the Truth [5:29]
23. Rochester's Epilogue [2:59]
24. End Credits [1:28]

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The Libertine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that this movie is fantastic. Johnny Deep is amazing he draw's you in right from the begining and holds you there. John(Malkovich) and Samantha(Morton) are great.The movie didn't get much press but really should have...
Guest More than 1 year ago
When this movie opens, Johnny Depp tells us we will not like him. What he should have said was that we would not like his film. The title character proclaims his debauchery and hedonism from the start. While he does appear an immoral character, he spends the better part of this film doing noble things or helping the less fortunate. The story never truly evolves. Due to poor editing there is also a lack of continuity. As always Johnny is enjoyable to watch (even when he is rife with syphallis) but he cannot carry this film.
MortJO More than 1 year ago
The Libertine was truly underrated. Johnny Depp was excellent as John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. John Wilmot was such a complicated man and shocked his contemporaries with his doubts about religion and blunt verse that dealt with sex and assults on the royal court. Johnny Depp caught all of this and more. I believe this was ONE of Johnny Depp's best performances and he should be recognized for it. I loved the movie, it's one to see over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Johnny Depp played an excellent role in "The Libertine". However, the content of the movie left a lot to be desired. I love Johnny Depp in everything else he done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truley enjoyed this film. Johnny Depp did a wonderful job. It should have exceeded more then how it did. Johnny Depp is such a cameleon, that he can range from a character like this to a teen heart throb. I love this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just disgusting all around. Brilliant performance from Depp. Does anyone expect less?
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw the libertine when it got limited release on the big screen and i just bought the dvd and now i like it more than ever...this movie from the opening prologue alone will get your attention.if you like Johnny Depp,period time peices(this was based on 17th Century England)John Malkovich(he was EXCELLENT) and Samantha Morton,i STRONGLY recommend buying this for your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp's acting was good as always. I just found the movie disgusting and stopped watching after about 30 minutes.
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