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21 December 1988 (USA) See more »
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Lust. Seduction. Revenge. The Game As You've Never Seen It Played Before.
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Rich and bored aristocrats in Rococo France play high-stakes games of passion and betrayal. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Sexual decadence before the fall of the guillotine See more (132 total) »

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Directed by
Stephen Frears 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Christopher Hampton (play)

Choderlos de Laclos (novel "Les liaisons dangereuses")

Christopher Hampton (screenplay)

Produced by
Christopher Hampton .... co-producer
Norma Heyman .... producer
Hank Moonjean .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Fenton 
 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Gavin Bocquet 
Gérard Viard 
 
Set Decoration by
Gérard James 
 
Costume Design by
James Acheson 
 
Makeup Department
Monique Huylebroeck .... makeup artist
Peter Owen .... wig designer
Dominique Plez .... makeup artist
Malou Rossignol .... hair stylist
Jean-Luc Russier .... supervising makeup artist
Pierre Vadé .... hair stylist
Bernard Floch .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Patrick Gordon .... unit production manager
Suzanne Wiesenfeld .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jérôme George .... third assistant director
Vincent Lascoumes .... second assistant director
Bernard Seitz .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Bastide .... painter
Daniel Braunschweig .... property master
Jean-François Cousson .... props (as Jean François Cousson)
Jean-Michel Ducourty .... assistant art director (as Jean Michel Ducourty)
Genevieve Fresca .... drapery
Roger Fresca .... drapery
André Loisif .... construction foreman
André Marchandet .... chief plasterer
Eve Mavrakis .... art department assistant
Félix Placenti .... prop buyer
Claude Potier .... chief carpenter
Claude Périnet .... chief painter
Patrick Torossian .... props
Catherine Werner Schmit .... prop buyer (as Catherine Werner)
Steve Clark .... trainee: art department (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... dialogue editor
Peter Baldock .... assistant sound editor
Mick Boggis .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Martin Crane .... assistant sound editor
Richard Dunford .... dialogue editor
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator
Peter Handford .... production sound mixer
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michel Mellier .... cable person
Kant Pan .... sound editor
John Stevenson .... boom operator
Elaine 'Chucks' Thomas .... assistant dialogue editor (as Elaine Thomas)
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunts
Albert Goldberg .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Agostini .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Baronsky .... gaffer (as Jean Pierre Baronsky)
Philippe Barrillet .... electrician
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... grip
Barthelemy Bogaert .... assistant camera
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Gerard Buffard .... grip (as Gerard Buffard)
Pierre Cottereau .... assistant camera
Alain Dondin .... electrician
Mike Fox .... camera operator
Etienne George .... still photographer
Jean Pierre Pujol .... electrician
Gérard Rival .... grip
Gérard Sionneau .... generator operator (as Gerard Sionneau)
Myriam Touzé .... assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Leo Davis .... casting: UK
Françoise Menidrey .... casting: France
Jacqueline Perpere .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martin Adams .... jeweller
Gerald Cheshire .... milliner
Isabelle Coignerai .... costume supervisor
Brian Collins .... costume maker
Shirley Cooper .... jeweller
Chris Criddle .... costume maker
Andree Demarez .... costumer
Nathalie Doux .... costumer
Magot Forster .... costume maker
Frank Gardiner .... assistant costume designer
Sylvia Grainger .... dress decoration
Annie Hadley .... costume maker
Janette Haslam .... costume maker
Carole Hersee .... costume maker
Alan Hopkins .... dress decoration
Vanessa Hopkins .... dress decoration
Danielle Laffargue .... costumer
Lorraine McKee .... milliner
Cecile Moreau .... dyer
Day Murch .... costume maker
Gwen Russell .... costume maker
Phyllis Thorald .... embroidery
 
Editorial Department
Simon Cowper .... assistant editor
Dan Gane .... editor trainee
Françoise Roumanet .... assistant editor (as Francoise Roumanet)
Annabel Ware .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... dailies timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Keith Grant .... music recording engineer
Jackie Krost .... music supervisor
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Alain Domínguez .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
John Beharrell .... accountant
Denise Breton .... unit publicist
Sophie Drouin .... production accountant
Cathy Dutheil .... production secretary (as Catherine Hall)
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Pierre Gralhon .... location manager
William Hobbs .... duel coordinator
Olivier Lhoste .... location manager
Richard Liebegott .... assistant: Hank Moonjean
Colette Martin .... accountant
Pat Newcomb .... financial representative (as Patrick Newcomb)
Caspian Owen .... assistant: Patrick Newcomb
Jean Michel Penkhoss .... assistant location manager
Pierre Romans .... opera stager
Julian Rothenstein .... title designer
Eliza Thompson .... assistant: George Fenton
Tor Van Moyland .... assistant: Norma Heyman
Blanche Wiesenfeld .... production coordinator
Michel Carliez .... duel double (uncredited)
Albert Goldberg .... duel double (uncredited)
 
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119 min
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Michelle Pfeiffer was offered the role of the Marquise de Mertueil in Valmont (1989) but she chose to play Mme de Tourvel in this film instead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Madame Marie de Tourvel:I'm beginning to think you may have planned the whole exercise.
Vicomte de Valmont:I had no idea you were staying here! Not that it would have disturbed me in the slightest if I had known. You see, until I met you, I had only ever experienced desire. Love, never.
Madame Marie de Tourvel:That's enough.
Vicomte de Valmont:No, no, you made an accusation and you must allow me the opportunity to defend myself! Now, I'm not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities...
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Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065See more »

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51 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Sexual decadence before the fall of the guillotine, 15 September 2001
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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This is a tale about the ancien régime in 18th century France before the revolution in which the moral decadence of the privileged classes rivaled that of Sodom and Gomorrah and the ancient Romans. The story comes from a novel by Choderlos de Laclos that was made into a stage play by Christopher Hampton. It is a cynical satire on human sexuality as well as a very subtle examination of sexual hypocrisy and desire, a kind of oh so sophisticated laugh at bourgeois morality that would have delighted Voltaire and Moliere and greatly amused Shakespeare. It is a tale of elaborate lechery and revenge that backfires because it seems that anybody, even the most jagged rake can fall in love, and thereby become the victim.

John Malkovich plays the rake, Vicomte de Valmont, whose sole purpose in life is to seduce women, rob them of their virtue and then move on. Glenn Close plays his back-stabbing confidante and one-time lover, the Marquise de Merteuil. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the coy and virtuous Madame de Tourvel, who is to be Valmont's latest conquest. Uma Thurman is cast as a teenaged ingenue who is betrothed to Merteuil's lover while Keanu Reeves plays her naive music teacher and would be lover, Chevalier Danceny. Stephen Frears, who has directed such diverse films as The Grifters (1990) and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), after a somewhat cryptic start, does an excellent job of bringing the biting cynicism of Laclos and Hampton to the screen.

I know of two other versions of this film, Milos Forman's Valmont (1989), starring Colin Firth and Annette Bening, and Roger Vadim's Dangerous Liaisons (1960). Regrettably , I haven't seen Vadim's film, but Forman's Valmont is excellent. In polite society comparisons are said to be odious. I shall proceed anyway:

John Malkovich vs. Colin Firth. Malkovich is widely recognized as a great actor, but he is clearly miscast in this role, yet he brings a predatory dimension to the part that is in keeping with the overall psychology of the movie. Firth, while not as celebrated for his acting skills as Malkovich, is nonetheless a fine actor, and his charm and playful inventiveness are more in keeping with the character of Valmont, whom women love. Call it even.

Glenn Close vs. Annette Bening. Again Close is considered the more accomplished actor, but Bening is sexier, prettier and considerably more charming. Whether that is a plus as far as the reality of the novel and play are concerned is debatable. For my part I found Bening a lot more fun to watch. Edge to Bening.

Michelle Pfeiffer vs. Meg Tilly. Pfeiffer is a much bigger star and has more experience as an actress. She is beautiful, but Tilly is more passionate. Pfeiffer was nominated for an academy award for best supporting actress for her work, but did not win. Personally I thought Tilly was more believable and was especially effective in projecting first the repressed passion and then the complete abandonment as she gives herself to Valmont. Pfeiffer's portrayal of Tourvel's coy awakening, with just a hint of duplicity, and then her utter dissolution when he leaves her, was star quality. Edge to Pfeiffer.

Uma Thurman vs. Fairuza Balk. I loved them both. Thurman, of course, is a more statuesque beauty with a polished and controlled acting style, but Balk's wide-eyed innocence was a delight. Call it even.

Keanu Reeves vs. Henry Thomas. Thomas was cute, but almost too juvenile to be believed. Reeves seemed just right for the part. Clear edge to Reeves.

Frears vs. Forman. Frears's direction was more cynical, especially in the duel between Valmont and Merteuil in which their mutual and complementary debauchery is in sharp focus. And his resolution was more clearly defined. Forman's strength was in the delight and playfulness of many of the scenes, especially those relating to the seduction of Tourvel. His direction was more comedic and he allowed a greater development of secondary characters, while Frears concentrated more on the two leads. I give a very small edge to Forman, but would not argue with those preferring Frears.

Bottom line: I liked Forman's movie better, but the voters at IMDb.com preferred Frears's Dangerous Liaisons, giving it an average of 7.7 stars out of ten to 6.7 for Valmont.

Some bon mots:

Valmont tells Madame de Tourvel as he dumps her, "My love had great difficulty outlasting your virtue. It's beyond my control."

Valmont demands that the Marquise de Merteuil reply to his proposal of a night together, will it be love of war? He says, "A single word is all that is required." Long pause, and then she gives him three, "All right. (Pause.

Cut to satisfied smile on Valmont's face.) War."

When Valmont returns from making love to Madame de Tourvel he reveals to Merteuil that for the first time he may be in love. He relates his feelings to her, "I love her. I hate her..." The camera turns to Close, who yawns.

Valmont's aunt while consoling Madame de Tourvel, who has confessed that she is in love with Valmont and can't help herself, says, reflecting the wisdom of all who have been there, "In such matters all advice is useless."

Toward the end, Valmont says, "I have no illusions. I lost them on my travels."

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