Dangerous Beauty (1998)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  20 February 1998 (USA)
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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Serafino Franco
Elena Franco
Minister Ramberti
Grant Russell ...
Francesco Martenengo


In 16th century Venice, courtesans enjoy unique privileges: dressed richly in red, they read, compose poetry and music, and discuss affairs of state with the men who govern the Republic. When Veronica Franco comes of age, she cannot marry Marco Venier, whom she loves, because she is well born but penniless. Her choice: cloister or courtesan. She steels her heart, and with beauty and intelligence becomes the best. She's a heroine when she helps convince France to aid Venice in war with Turks, but when plague descends, the Church charges her with witchcraft. At her inquisition, she must match wits with an old rival, speak for all women, and call courage from Venier. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A life without compromise. See more »

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Rated R for some scenes of strong sexuality, and for nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Courtesan  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$105,989 (USA) (20 February 1998)


£59,685 (UK) (30 April 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Winona Ryder and Uma Thurman were considered for the role of Veronica Franco but both turned down the role because they did not want to appear in the nude scenes. See more »


Marco's hand in Veronica's hair when kissing in the niche in the street. See more »


Veronica Franco: [she's peeling a banana] The Latin for banana is arienna. Banana tree is pala.
[she swallows the banana whole, as the wives look on shocked]
Veronica Franco: A woman's greatest, and most hard-won asset... is an education.
Giulia De Lezze: Just because you can say it in Latin doesn't make it any less obscene.
Veronica Franco: Just because you took a vow doesn't mean you know how to love.
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One of the best and most passionate movies ever made
9 October 2004 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This particular movie was lost in the shuffle somewhere but I am certainly glad I found it. Catherine McCormack (Braveheart) portrays an innocent girl, that loses in love so decides to do what she has to do just to have him any way possible. It's a very backwards Cinderella. A good girl that falls in love with a "prince" (he's from a family with a title and she's not) but will true love prevail? Rufus Sewell is to die for, the sexiest and most talented actor to come our way in years. The rest of the fine cast Oliver Platt, Moira Kelly, Naomi Watts, Fred Ward and Jacqueline Bisset are very convincing in their portrayals of these period characters. I have had every single one of my friends watch it and they all have enjoyed it as much as I have. The music is fantastic and we even get a short history lesson. With this sensational cast, the storyline that is based on actual poetry books from a Courtisan, it really is my favorite historical romance of all time. Take the time to find this rare gem and see it as soon as possible.

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