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Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an... See full summary »

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Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an honorable woman. If he wins, he can have his lover to do as he will. However, in the process of seducing the married woman, Valmont falls in love. Based on the same novel as "Dangerous Liaisons." Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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As unpredictable as love itself.

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17 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Ha-Peetooim Ha-Assurim Shel Velmont  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,132,112 (USA)
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David Duchovny was considered for the role of Valmont. See more »

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In the bathtub, talking with Valmont, Madame's negligee makes dramatic shifts on and off the legs from one shot to the next. See more »

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Madame de Rosemonde: Ah, my sweet girl. If I understand what these people have been saying, you have a dilemma.
Cecile: I do?
Madame de Rosemonde: Tell me, if it were up to you, would you rather marry that Monsieur de... eh...
Mertuil: Gercourt.
Madame de Rosemonde: Exactly, Gercourt. Or the other one? The one with the harp.
Mertuil: Well, I... I... I'll do whatever my Maman wants me to do.
Valmont: But that is not what my aunt is asking you. Forget Maman. If you had the choice, who would you pick? You, yourself?
Madame de Rosemonde: Oh! I... I... I guess I would marry Monsieur de Gercourt, and... keep Monsieur...
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Version of Dangerous Liaisons (2005) See more »

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Minuet from Quartet in F, Opus 50, Number 5
Joseph Haydn
Performed by the orchestra of the The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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better of the two by far
4 October 2000 | by (Cold Spring, KY) – See all my reviews

I notice a bit of a war going on between partisans of this and "Dangerous Liaisons" (the Glenn Close/John Malkovich/Stephen Frears vehicle). I'm not entirely sure why, but I find "Valmont" so much better. I think it's because: A) Milos Forman is unquestionably a better director than Frears, especially when he can call on the photographic talents of a cinematographer like Miroslav Ondricek; B) "Valmont" takes the time to develop some of the relationships between characters on screen, while the other simply injects the viewers into preexisting relationships; C) Colin Firth and Annette Benning are quite simply sexier than Glenn Close and John Malkovich; "Dangerous Liaisons" is too intellectual, while "Valmont" works at the hormonal level too. D) Fairuza Balk is far more believable as a virgin than Uma Thurman (can anyone say differently?!?). I certainly acknowledge "Dangerous Liaisons" as a well-made, well-acted film, but in the end I find it nearly unwatchable compared to "Valmont", which I can (and have) enjoyed over and over.


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