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Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  21 December 1988 (USA)
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Rich and bored aristocrats in Rococo France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal.

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In 18th century France, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont play a dangerous game of seduction. Valmont is someone who measures success by the number of his conquests and Merteuil challenges him to seduce the soon to be married Cecile de Volanges and provide proof in writing of his success. His reward for doing so will be to spend the night with Merteuil. He has little difficulty seducing Cecile but what he really wants is to seduce Madame de Tourvel. When Merteuil learns that he has actually fallen in love with her, she refuses to let him claim his reward for seducing Cecile. Death soon follows. Written by garykmcd

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france | love | aristocrat | passion | betrayal | See more »

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Lust. Seduction. Revenge. The Game As You've Never Seen It Played Before.

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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Relaciones peligrosas  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,700,000 (USA)
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Madonna wore one of Michelle Pfeiffer's costume from the film at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards during her 18th-century themed performance of 'Vogue'. See more »

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In Madame de Rosemonde's garden, Valmont sits behind Madame de Tourvel and asks "Why are you so angry with me?" The camera then cuts to a close-up of Tourvel's face, and Valmont is sitting much closer behind her. See more »

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Vicomte de Valmont: Be careful of the Marquise de Merteuil.
Chevalier Danceny: You must permit me to treat with skepticism anything you have to say about her.
Vicomte de Valmont: Nevertheless, I must tell you in this affair, we are both her creatures, as I believe her letters to me will prove. When you have read them, you may decide to circulate them.
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Version of Une femme fidèle (1976) See more »

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You can see why France had its revolution.
24 December 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Stephen Frears directs a top-notch movie adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' novel about several manipulative Rococo-era French aristocrats. Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil (Glenn Close) is a seductively evil character who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Vicomte Sebastien de Valmont (John Malkovich) knows how to trick the peasants into thinking that he's a good guy, despite his vampiric intentions. Madame Marie de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny (Keanu Reeves) may be only products of this vile society, but they are practically helpless to do anything about it. Maybe it's a little strange to see Keanu Reeves in a movie like this, but he makes the best of his role. All in all, "Dangerous Liaisons" is a movie that you can't afford to miss. Perfect.


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