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Cruel Intentions (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 5 March 1999 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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

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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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Also Known As:

Cruel Inventions  »

Box Office

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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

In the closing scene Kathryn looks up at the students after skimming through the pages of Sebastian's journal and they are all looking at her. They are all standing in a shaded area with absolutely no sunlight on them. Just a second later there's a closeup shot of one of the same students and there's sunlight on his face. See more »

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Kathryn: I think there's something going on between Cecile and her music teacher.
Bunny Caldwell: Ronald? That's crazy.
Kathryn: I know. She's so young, and he's so...
Bunny Caldwell: Black!
[Store Clerk sets down a cup of coffee]
Bunny Caldwell: Brown sugar. No sugar.
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Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

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Like the 40's
Written by Marc Ferrari, Don Great and William Loose
Performed by William Loose
Courtesy of Master Source
Published by Red Engine Music/Don Break Music/May Loo Music
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What a brilliant movie!!!
25 November 2004 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be one of a kind, it was a lot better than I originally thought it would be, the name didn't make the movie sound too good, but after watching the movie I thought it was excellent. I found Reese Witherspoon's performance in this movie to be outstanding, I think SHE was the person who made the movie what it was.

The movie started off by showing what kind of a person Ryan was in the film, but as the movie commenced it showed how he fell in love and by the end of the movie he had done a complete 180 from how he had started. This movie was just so much better than most of the other films I watched in those days, and it got me into not judging a movie by its title or by what other people think. Some people had different views on it, but I thought it was brilliant and I don't think they could have done much more to improve on this movie.


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