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

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,700,000 (USA)
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John Malkovich, who played the Vicomte de Valmont in this movie version of Christopher Hampton's play, directed a 2012 French-language production of the Hampton play for the Parisian company Théâtre de l'Atelier. When it later toured the US, it was presented in French with English supertitles (even thought Hampton wrote his play in English). 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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[Cécile is startled by a sudden noise, Valmont gets up to investigate]
Vicomte de Valmont: It's only the wind.
[Cécile is gasping]
Vicomte de Valmont: Where are you? It's nothing to be frightened about.
Cécile de Volanges: Yes there is. I'm bleeding!
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References Notorious (1946) See more »

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Organ Concerto No. 13 in F.
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Leslie Pearson
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Elegant
12 January 2005 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

This movie is elegant. The performances are magnificent. John Malkovich is totally believable as the sector that destroys the life of countless naive women. Glenn Close is amazing as one of the greatest "bitches" of the story of cinema. Michelle Pfeiffer and Keanu Reeves gave their best performances ever and Uma Thurman is amazing with a tremendous mix of innocence and sexuality. The script and the direction really made an amazing job giving an environment of sickness and degradation. The makeup and the beautiful costumes only aggregate the force that the story needed to be told. An amazing movie you really wish to enter in that snake's nest. Highly recommended.


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