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Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 March 1999 (USA)
Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.

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Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont are seductive, manipulative step-siblings who get what they want when they want it. Kathryn makes a bet with Sebastian: Sebastian must bed Annette, the headmaster of their school's daughter, before the end of summer break. Annette has stated that she would wait until love and marriage to sleep with a man. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian's vintage 1959 Jaguar Roadster. If Sebastian wins, he gets Kathryn, the only girl he knows he'll never have. Also in play is Cecile, a naïve girl whose mother had enlisted Kathryn to help her fit in at her new school. However, Kathryn (with Sebastian's help) plans to ruin Cecile's reputation as revenge on Kat's ex-boyfriend, who left her for Cecile.

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seduction | virgin | bet | wager | revenge | See All (131) »

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In the game of seduction, There is only one rule: Never fall in love See more »

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Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Cruel Inventions  »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,020,565 (USA) (5 March 1999)

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$38,201,895 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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Trivia

The Valmont townhouse interiors were built and shot on sound stages in Los Angeles while the exterior scenes were filmed in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Annette and Sebastian are in the pool talking, a blocking cross is visible at the bottom of the pool, which both stand on at some point in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Bunny Caldwell: How dare you treat me with such disrespect! I got you off the streets and this is how you repay me?
Ronald Clifford: Got me off the streets? I live on 59th and Park!
Bunny Caldwell: Whatever!
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Featured in I Love the '90s: Part Deux: 1999 (2005) See more »

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Symphony #9 in D Minor, Op. 125, 'Choral'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar (as Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra) with Budapest Philharmonic Chorus
Conducted by János Ferencsik (as Janos Ferencsik)
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Clever, witty and very sensual
2 May 2010 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

In this film wealthy prep school student Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) bets her stepbrother Sebastian (Ryan Phillipe) that he can't deflower the virginal Annette (Reese Witherspoon) before the school year begins. If he fails to accomplish this task, Kathryn gets his Jaguar Roadster; if he succeeds, he gets an evening of pleasure with Kathryn.

I just finished watching Cruel Intentions and what a pleasant surprise this film turned out to be. I guess the best way to describe it is as a sexy and seductive thriller. The film is very clever and bold but above all, extremely engaging and entertaining. Dealing with this kind of subject...making this kind of film...it's definitely not easy. Usually these kind of films come off somewhat "fake" and lame; corny, whatever you want to call it. Thankfully, Cruel Intentions went the other way, probably thanks to the witty and sharp dialogue and a very good direction.

Ryan Phillippe delivered a terrific performance and so did Reese Witherspoon. I was actually a bit disappointed with Sarah Michelle Gellar, her acting was not very convincing at times to say the least but honestly, the story is so engaging that I was able to overlook that flaw. Another aspect that really took me by surprise was the musical score. Cruel Intentions has one of the best soundtracks I have ever seen in films. There's some great well known songs like Skunk Anansie's "secretly" and Placebo's "every me and every you", but there's also some fast paced instrumental tracks throughout the film that really compliment the scenes. Overall, a great watch and so much more then a teen film.

7.5/10


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