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First Look: The Libertine

The Libertine

Release Date: September 16, 2005
Distributor: Miramax Films
Director: Lawrence Dunmore
Producers: John Malkovich and Russell Smith
Screenwriter: Stephen Jeffreys, based on his play
Cast: Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Rupert Friend, Tom Hollander, Samantha Morton, Rosamund Pike
Adapted by Stephen Jeffreys from his own play, this is based on the true story of John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, who was a poet, courtier and notorious rake. Johnny Depp stars in "The Libertine" as the scandalously decadent John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester. The film follows the Earl's adventures in London, from his passionate romance with a young actress, Elizabeth Barry (Samantha Morton), to the writing of a scurrilous play which blisteringly and bawdily lampoons the very monarch who commissioned it, Charles II (John Malkovich), leading to the Earl's banishment and eventual downfall.

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