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Richard Matheson (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
27 August 1969 (USA) See more »
A strange man, an unusual story See more »
Hounded by the police on charges of inflammatory writing, the once handsome Marquis De Sade seeks refuge in an abandoned family mansion... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Keir Dullea ... Marquis de Sade

Senta Berger ... Anne de Montreuil

Lilli Palmer ... Mme de Montreuil

Anna Massey ... Renée de Montreuil

Sonja Ziemann ... La Beauvoisin

Christiane Krüger ... Laura, Marquis' Mistress

Uta Levka ... Rose Keller
Barbara Stanek ... Colette
Susanne von Almassy ... Marquis' Mother
Friedrich Schoenfelder ... Marquis' Father
Herbert Weissbach ... M. de Montreuil
Heinz Spitzner ... Inspector Marais
Tilly Lauenstein ... Madame Grandcon
Ortrud Gross

John Huston ... The Abbe
Max Kiebach ... Marquis de Sade, as a boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Caleita ... Marie (uncredited)
Rolf Eden ... (uncredited)
Eva Maria Gebel ... (uncredited)
Susanne Hsiao ... (uncredited)
Anke Syring ... Prostitute in Orgy (uncredited)
Evelyne Traeger ... Prostitute in Orgy (uncredited)

Directed by
Cy Endfield 
Roger Corman (uncredited)
Gordon Hessler (uncredited)
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay) &
Peter Berg (screenplay)

Gilbert Lély  biography (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Artur Brauner .... executive producer
Pat Green .... associate producer
Louis M. Heyward .... executive producer
James H. Nicholson .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Strange 
Cinematography by
Richard Angst 
Film Editing by
Hermann Haller (German version)
Art Direction by
Hans Jürgen Kiebach  (as Jürgen Kiebach)
Costume Design by
Evangeline Harrison  (as Vangie Harrison)
Makeup Department
Fredy Arnold .... makeup artist
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor
Peter Hahne .... production supervisor
Wolfram Kohtz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexander von Richthofen .... assistant director
Art Department
Klaus Hasse .... property master
Sound Department
Anthony Sloman .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Lothar Winkler .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Max Benedict .... editor: US version
Buzz Feitshans .... editorial coordinator
Herb Steinore .... assistant film editor (as Herb Steiner)
Music Department
Al Simms .... music supervisor
Billy Strange .... conductor
Other crew
Sandy Dvore .... title designer

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Also Known As:
"Das ausschweifende Leben des Marquis de Sade" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"Die Liebesabenteuer des Marquis S" -
"Μαρκήσιου Ντε Σαντ Ζυστίν" - Greece
"Οι έρωτες... του μαρκήσιου Ντε-Σαντ" - Greece
"дьо Сад" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"De Sade" - Spain
"De Sade - den sexglade og sadistiske De Sade" - Denmark
"Kärlekens hus" - Sweden
"Le divin Marquis de Sade" - France (complete title)
"Marqués de Sade" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"O Insaciável Marquês de Sade" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"O Marquês de Sade" - Portugal (imdb display title)
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113 min | Germany:100 min | USA:120 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (cut) | USA:R | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (f)

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Alex Von Richtofen, a direct descendant of the WW1 flying ace, was first assistant director on this.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Disappointment; particularly from Keir Dullea, 14 April 2008
Author: artisticengineer from United States

Though I did not see this movie until recently I remember it's theatrical release in 1969. This was the film that Keir Dullea made immediately after his performance in "2001: A Space Odyssey", and by sheer irony the two films seem to be connected. As David Bowman his last scenes in "2001" took place in a French room that was decorated in French style. He left that room, in a very mysterious way, in that movie and seems, in "De Sade", to have continued with the French decor. However, his performance in this movie is very disappointing- particularly compared to his performance in "2001". In fact, the entire movie is a big disappointment.

I am of the opinion that if you have naked women and sex in a movie then it cannot be a total flop. And, in fact, the naked women in this film were the only thing that made this movie bearable to watch. As this movie was made in 1969 there were some aspects of female nudity they still could not show on the screen- they had to concentrate on breasts and butts back then. Nothing wrong with womens breasts and butts, but the total nudity that could be shown in movies by the late 1970s was still off limits in 1969. If you examine this film you will see that though there is a lot of female nudity in it; there is still a lot of "suggestion"-they could not show everything back then. And, that includes the sadistic scenes. Some sadism is shown but not enough to show how De Sade earned his reputation.

One very good thing about the DVD release of this movie is the recent (in the year 2001) interview with the writer Richard Mathison concerning the historical Marquis De Sade. He gives a bit of history about De Sade, and how he was actually something of a nice guy in real life. The movie could have taken an interesting turn (it almost did but not quite) on examining whether or not we are all sadists at heart. Sometimes the best thriller or mystery story is the one that ends with the perpetrator being discovered and finding that the bad guy is the one whose face is seen in the mirror (i.e. the observer). But, as disorganized as this movie is that aspect was not shown.

I remember this movie been considered disappointing in 1969. Thirty Eight years later it still is.

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