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Valmont (1989)

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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Drama | Romance

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17 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ha-Peetooim Ha-Assurim Shel Velmont  »

Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$96,008 (USA) (19 November 1989)

Gross:

$1,132,112 (USA)
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Trivia

Milos Forman: [Schiavelli] Vincent Schiavelli, Forman's good-luck charm, appears as a servant named Jean. See more »

Goofs

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 Volanges: Cecile! Martine!
Martine: Yes, Madame?
Madame de Volanges: Where is Cecile?
Martine: [nervously] Cecile? She's... she... she has...
Madame de Volanges: Where is she?
[Martine can't form an answer; Volanges, unable to find Cecile, rings for José]
Madame de Volanges: José, have you been at your post all night?
José: Yes, madame.
Madame de Volanges: Has anyone come in?
José: No, Madame.
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Version of Eiskalte Engel (2001) See more »

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A Knighty riding Trough the Glade Love, If You Will Come To Me
Music by Baldassare Galuppi [as Baldassari Gallupi]
Lyrics by Anne Gyory and Hope Newman
Performed by the orchestra of the The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with The Ambrosian Singers
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The Man Who Could Not Love
11 July 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Valmont is a very entertaining romance set in the upper classes of 17th century France. Valmont, the title character, is a rogue and womanizer. He is very likable, but has a terrible flaw; he can't love, and that is his ultimate undoing.

Milos Forman and his crew expertly recreate the world of baroque France. The actors are excellent especially Colin Firth as Valmont. The pacing is lively, as Valmont's world unravels, or at least gets away from him. Lots could be written on the psychology of Valmont, and its relationship to that of the modern Western man. And the movie works on that intellectual level, but it also works as a period-piece costume romance. I recommend it.


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