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R| 1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
John Wilmot (Johnny Depp), the egotistical second Earl of Rochester, leads an entirely debauched life. When not writing bawdy verse, Wilmot spends his time imbibing massive amounts of alcohol and bedding myriad women, including Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton). When King Charles II (John Malkovich) commissions him to write a play, he happily agrees. But after Wilmot foolishly uses his big break to skewer the crown, he must face a furious Charles -- and the real possibility of exile.

Cast: Johnny Depp , Samantha Morton , John Malkovich , Paul Ritter , Stanley Townsend , Rosamund Pike , Tom Hollander , Johnny Vegas

Director: Laurence Dunmore

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Weinstein Co.

The Libertine (2005)

Release Date: November 25th, 2005|1 hr. 54 min.

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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This one-of-a-kind spellbinder from first-time director Laurence Dunmore is not afraid to shock. Depp is a raunchy wonder, especially in a time-capsule-worthy opening monologue. show more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    There is little debauchery to be had in Laurence Dunmore's adaptation of The Libertine. In fact, hedonism has never looked so bleak. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If your idea of a good time is watching a disjointed period piece featuring a scrawny dog defecating, dozens of dissipated people fornicating and a syphilitic Johnny Depp with oozing pustules on his face, The Libertine may be just the movie for you. show more

  • March 14, 2009 LLC727
    Report This User

    Unique opening and end - Depp's character seems to speak to you directly - he challenges you from the opening moments of the film and warns that you will not like him - until the end when he asks, in essence, if you are able to forgive all his actions. This was a great role for Depp - don't know who could have mastered this film better!

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