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Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Poster

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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.
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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.
Drew Barrymore was screentested, and came close to getting the role of Cécile.
Alan Rickman made the role of Valmont famous in London and on Broadway. However, filmmakers wanted to cast an established actor in the role, so Rickman wasn't even considered. Rickman ended up making his Hollywood debut as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) instead.
Annette Bening was considered for the role of the Marquise de Merteuil and ended up playing that role in the film Valmont (1989).
Sarah Jessica Parker was originally offered the role of Cécile, but turned it down.
Madonna wore one of Glenn Close's costumes from the film at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards during her eighteenth-century themed performance of "Vogue".
Glenn Close was unavailable until midway through filming, due to having just given birth to her daughter.
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Director Stephen Frears and Screenwriter Christopher Hampton were so taken upon meeting Mildred Natwick, they hadn't realized that they'd forgotten to offer her the part of Valmont's aunt, until after they'd parted company.
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John Malkovich, who played the Vicomte de Valmont, directed a 2012 French-language production of the Christopher Hampton play for the Parisian company Théâtre de l'Atelier. When it later toured the U.S., it was presented in French, with English supertitles (even thought Hampton wrote his play in English).
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Mildred Natwick's final film.
All of the principal characters are portrayed by American actors.
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The film was rushed into production at the insistence of the producers and the studio to beat the competing Valmont (1989) to theaters.
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Due to budget constraints, some of the costumes were made using sari fabric and (technically anachronistic) prints by Scalamandre. Lace trims dating from the Victorian and Edwardian eras were also used.
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Not only do Michelle Pfeiffer (Madame de Tourvel) and Uma Thurman (Cécile de Volanges) share the same birthday - April 29th - but the two would go on to play Batman villains. Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992), and Thurman played Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997).
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Peter Capaldi; and five Oscar nominees: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman, and Mildred Natwick.
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Swoosie Kurtz also appears in the updated version of Laclos' novel, Cruel Intentions (1999).
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The original Broadway production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Christopher Hampton opened at the Music Box Theater in New York City on August 30, 1987, ran for 149 performances and was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Alan Rickman starred in the stage productions in both London, and on Broadway, but was passed over for the film role of Valmont. He went on to make his film debut in Die Hard (1988).
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Many actors and actresses from the cast appeared in several films with Jason Robards, Jr.: Swoosie Kurtz was in Bright Lights, Big City (1988), Keanu Reeves in Parenthood (1989), Glenn Close in The Paper (1994), and Michelle Pfeiffer was in A Thousand Acres (1997).
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Glenn Close and John Malkovich would work again with Stephen Frears in Mary Reilly (1996).
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Michelle Pfeiffer would work again with Stephen Frears in Chéri (2009).
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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John Malkovich and Uma Thurman would later appear in Jennifer 8 (1992).
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Glenn Close and Swoosie Kurtz previously appeared in The World According to Garp (1982).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Glenn Close came up with her character's final scene. When Frears gave her the line in the text about the character: "her soul was on her face," Close thought for a minute and stated: "I know how to show that."
A scene was shot with Glenn Close's character facing the guillotine, but it was discarded.
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