The Libertine

The Libertine
  • 2004
  • UK / Australia
  • 1h 49min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Laurence Dunmore
  • Written by: Stephen Jeffreys
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Rosamund Pike
  • UK release: 18 November 2005

The English Civil War is over but Charles II (Malkovich) is barely holding his kingdom together. Everyone from Parliament to the French wants a piece of him. But the high living king is more interested in the progressions of the Restoration, and the Earl of Rochester (Depp) is something of a pet project – he wants him to be the Shakespeare to his Elizabeth but Rochester has more disgraceful plans. Adapted for screen by Stephen Jeffreys' from his own well-respected play, The Libertine is a welcome elucidation on the hedonistic life and times of the man who was possibly the first rock'n'roller.

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