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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Johnny Depp
Rosamund Pike
Kelly Reilly
Tom Hollander
Johnny Vegas
John Malkovich
Jack Davenport
Samantha Morton
Directors
Laurence Dunmore
Screenwriters
Stephen Jeffreys
Running Time
114 minutes

The Libertine
Johnny Depp is John Wilmot, one of the rudest men of the 17th century.


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The Libertine

Plot
King Charles II (Malkovich) calls upon banished poet laureate, the second Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot (Depp), to create an overwhelmingly impressive play to improve Anglo–French relations. As he writes, a young actress (Morton) catches the Earl's eye — which is not difficult (he'll knob anything with legs), but this girl is different.


Verdict
In his opening address, the Earl tells us, "You will not like me," but it’s worse than that — by the end, we just don’t care.


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