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Dangerous Liaisons ()


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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.

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Marquise de Merteuil
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Vicomte de Valmont
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Madame de Tourvel
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Madame de Volanges
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Chevalier Danceny
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Madame de Rosemonde
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Cécile de Volanges
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Georges
Valerie Gogan ...
Julie
Laura Benson ...
Emilie
Joanna Pavlis ...
Adèle
Nicholas Hawtrey ...
Major-domo
Paulo Abel Do Nascimento ...
Castrato
François Lalande ...
Curé
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Belleroche
Harry Jones ...
Armand
Christian Erickson ...
Bailiff
Catherine Cauwet ...
Opera Singer
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Shannon Finnegan ...
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Patricia Kessler ...
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Directed by

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Stephen Frears

Written by (WGA)

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Christopher Hampton ... (play)
 
Choderlos de Laclos ... (novel "Les liaisons dangereuses")
 
Christopher Hampton ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Christopher Hampton ... co-producer
Norma Heyman ... producer
Hank Moonjean ... producer

Music by

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George Fenton

Cinematography by

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Philippe Rousselot

Film Editing by

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Mick Audsley

Editorial Department

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Simon Cowper ... assistant editor
Dan Gane ... editor trainee
Françoise Roumanet ... assistant editor (as Francoise Roumanet)
Annabel Ware ... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas ... dailies timer (uncredited)

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Howard Feuer
Juliet Taylor

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Stuart Craig

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Gavin Bocquet
Gérard Viard

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Gérard James

Costume Design by

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James Acheson

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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

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Patrick Gordon ... unit production manager
Suzanne Wiesenfeld ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jérôme George ... third assistant director
Vincent Lascoumes ... second assistant director
Bernard Seitz ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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

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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 ... 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

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Michel Carliez ... stunts
Albert Goldberg ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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
Gérard Buffard ... grip
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

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Leo Davis ... casting: UK
Françoise Menidrey ... casting: France
Jacqueline Perpere ... extras casting
Dennis Osborne ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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

Location Management

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Pierre Gralhon ... location manager
Olivier Lhoste ... location manager
Jean Michel Penkhoss ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Michael Connell ... music editor
Keith Grant ... music recording engineer
Jackie Krost ... music supervisor
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Gerry O'Riordan ... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams ... musician: cello (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Alain Domínguez ... transportation captain

Other crew

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John Beharrell ... accountant
Denise Breton ... unit publicist
Sophie Drouin ... production accountant
Cathy Dutheil ... production secretary (as Catherine Hall)
Penny Eyles ... script supervisor
William Hobbs ... duel coordinator
Richard Liebegott ... assistant: Hank Moonjean
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Colette Martin ... accountant
Pat Newcomb ... financial representative (as Patrick Newcomb)
Caspian Owen ... assistant: Patrick Newcomb
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)
Melissa Smith ... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Lust. Seduction. Revenge. The Game As You've Never Seen It Played Before. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les liaisons dangereuses (France)
  • Gefährliche Liebschaften (Germany)
  • Les amistats perilloses (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Las amistades peligrosas (Spain)
  • Epikindynes sheseis (Greece)
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  • 119 min
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Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia When the novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses" by Choderlos de Laclos was first published in 1782, it was considered so scandalous, that when Queen Marie Antoinette commissioned a copy for her personal library, she had to have it bound in a blank cover, so that no-one would recognize the author's name or title. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Organ Concerto No. 13 in F. See more »
Quotes Marquise de Merteuil: When I came out into society, I was fifteen. I already knew that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learned how to look cheerful while, under the table, I stuck a fork into the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was after, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with. And in the end, I distilled everything to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.
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