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Based on the true story of the notorious Marquis de Sade. In eighteenth century Paris, an innocent beauty's search for her missing sister leads her into the deadly sensuous realm of the infamous Marquis de Sade. Imprisoned for his sordid crimes, the Marquis likewise has the beauty morally trapped. For she must help him complete his banned book of lust, or never learn the fate of her sister. It becomes a test of wills and wit, as the Marquis attempts to convert her to his deviously sexual philosophy. When the Marquis escapes his prison, she must follow him to his remote chateau of sin, to finally discover her sister's fate, and to face her own.

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    • Author: lifestyle
    This role may be one of Nick Mancuso's best. He finally seems as though the character fits into his skin, and his lines are not forced or hazy in any way. The script leaves little to be desired in the way of a plot and dialogue, truly. It isn't historically accurate, but that isn't the point. For a movie with an X-rating, it struck me as suprisingly witty and deep at some times. If you can find it, it's a good way to spend an evening.
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    • Author: Moralsa
    This movie presented De Sade as a heck of a good guy. Hell, I feel like giving him a ring and asking him over for beer and chips. He had a great sense of humor, was a committed artist, hated censorship, and even saved a woman's life while risking his own, by blowing away a few guys with a gun! Although this runs counter to everything I've ever read or heard about him, you'll have a great time watching the Marquis torture and humiliate a few great looking women (who eventually fall in love with him, of course,)crack a bunch of great jokes, and be just an all-around great guy as he makes his mark in history in the France of that time period.
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    • Author: Castiel
    I was pleasantly surprised by this film. . . it's actually an insightful film about the influences and the character of the Marquis De Sade. Dark Prince examines both the Marquis himself, and the social milieu in which he lived (France during the French Revolution). What Dark Prince reveals is that the real monster during this dark period of French history was not the Marquis himself, but the forces which fought to silence him, i.e. the aristocracy and its supporting forces (the courts and other institutions of the law). I hope I don't make this film sound too dry and analytical, cause it's quite an entertaining, albeit dark and sometimes disturbing, look at the life of the Marquis De Sade. After watching this film, you won't look at the Marquis De Sade in the same light again.
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    • Author: Malahelm
    This is 1 of the funniest movies i have ever seen! Ilike period movies particularly erotic periods pieces set in old world France.So i was thrilled to get a chance to see marquise de sade on cable late 1 night. I thought it might be a serious very dark look into the marquise world.Instead i was treated to a funny almost "feel good" movie.It was was playful filled with lots of eye candy, and perfectly cast.Janet gun has that unique combination of sex appeal and warmth, which is probably why she's 1 of my favorite actresses.What is wrong with Hollywood?This woman should be a big star but instead she relegated to roles in b movies.Nick Mancuso is pretty much in the same boat,he always delivers.Man did he deliver on this...his portrayal of the the marquise was so outrageous it was almost over the top...i laughed until i was sick..every other line in this one was a howler! This movie actually made the depraved aristocrat a likable guy! Yes it was low budget(real low) but it was worth every one of it's 90 minutes.Great movie...really fun!
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    • Author: Still In Mind
    quoted as an erotic drama, i found this actually a funny film. i don't doubt it has some sort of unraveling about this famous character in history, but Nick Mancuso acts in such a way that you just can't stop to gniffle and smile. sorry to say to the people who think this is acted seriously, but he reminded me of a 18th century Al Bundy!!!

    but therefore this film is guaranteed to have you hooked for it's time.
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    • Author: Snowseeker
    This film presents a wildly inaccurate portrayal of the historical De Sade ( - even getting his name wrong ...Donatien Aldonse, not Donatien Alphonse, is the man's correct name.) And it is a shame as De Sade is a richly complex character who, when honestly examined, illuminates a time of great change in france's opinions of madness, justice, priviledge and morality. This film-maker's treatment of history resemble's that of Winston's in the correction room at the ministry of truth in Orwell's 1984. This film approches the nadir of the continuing misunderstanding of genius right along side Mickey Rourkes portrayal of Charles Bukowski as Snagglepuss the Effeminant Beatnik Lion in the otherwise enjoyable movie, Barfly. All that aside, the film does serve as an occasion for some arousing nude photography and the depiction of erotic scenes of humiliation and torture. The women used for the elegant opening credit sequence are voluptous and beautifully depicted and certainly worth the price of a rental.
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    • Author: BlackHaze
    First this movie claims "Based on the true story of the notorious Marquis de Sade." but in fact is pure fiction. Do not expect any historical accuracies. While Nick Mancuso looks like he had a fun time playing the role of the Marquis, much of the cast could have used acting lessons before filming began. Still, there was not much of a role for Mr. Mancuso to play anyway. The story attempts to build but never gets off the ground. The final scene that it does build to is a complete let down. After 92 minutes I felt cheated. The only thing left for some people to watch is for a few glimpses of bare breasts, usually very brief and in dark rooms. I am just glad this movie is over and I can watch something interesting like paint drying on the wall.
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    • Author: Rleillin
    This movie is not very bad tjough. But one cannot find anything new about the personality of Marquis de Sade from this movie. The movie tries to stay on the borderline between erotic and insightful and it cannot succeed at either. The cinematography is really bad (straigh-to video quality)
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    • Author: Dorintrius
    The revisionist history -- making the evil Marquis de Sade a semi-heroic romantic -- is mind-boggling enough. But the atrocious acting, amateurish cinematography and terrible dubbing make this film achingly bad. The only reason to keep watching is that almost all the women in the film are gorgeous. And, amazingly, being tortured for days, with hands bound overhead, apparently doesn't detract from a woman's beauty, hairstyle and makeup. My guess is that the producers filmed mostly in Russia, choosing women for their looks -- and willingness to work cheap -- rather than acting ability. If you decide to watch this because you have nothing better to do, or are a film student looking for bad examples, fast-forward through every scene not involving nudity.
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    • Author: Lamranilv
    I really don't know much about the Marquis de Sade, not having read any of his book, but I never imagined him as a flaming queen. Carson Kressley of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, or Jack from Will and Grace would have fit easily into the role that Nick Mancuso gave us.

    The movie itself was rather thin and seemed more of a parody - or an excuse to show the Paris whorehouse several times with men and women having a good time on the couches in the parlor. What? They can't afford a room? I did find it cute that the Madame (Irina Malysheva) felt she was doing her patriotic duty taking care of the soldier's needs.

    The movie was just an excuse to show a lot of breasts - and I mean a lot! Fans of Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) might be interested in seeing him in a different role as Inspector Marais.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Nick Mancuso Nick Mancuso - Marquis de Sade
    Janet Gunn Janet Gunn - Justine
    John Rhys-Davies John Rhys-Davies - Inspector Marais
    Charlotte Nielsen Charlotte Nielsen - Juliette
    Irina Malysheva Irina Malysheva - Madame de Montreuil
    Aleksandr Belyavskiy Aleksandr Belyavskiy - Judge de Bory (as Alexander Beliavskiy)
    Igor Yasulovich Igor Yasulovich - Father Paul
    Irina Nizina Irina Nizina - Renée
    Tatyana Mitrushina Tatyana Mitrushina - Madame de Florville (as Tatiana Mitrushina)
    Aleksandr Rezalin Aleksandr Rezalin - Latour (as Alexander Rezalin)
    Mikhail Shevchuk Mikhail Shevchuk - Gaufridy (as Mikhail Shevechuk)
    Natasia Vilenskaya Natasia Vilenskaya - Colette (as Natalia Vilenskaya)
    Tatyana Novik Tatyana Novik - Rose (as Tatiana Novik)
    Aleksandr Yatsko Aleksandr Yatsko - Guard #1 (as Alexander Yatsko)
    Yuri Oleynikov Yuri Oleynikov - Guard #2 (as Yuri Olennikov)
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