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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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What you can't have, you can't resist. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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  »

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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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The movie was originally called Cruel Inventions, but test audiences thought that made it sound like a science fiction film, so the name changed before it was released. See more »

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When arriving at Annette's apartment to deliver the package, the doorbell rings before Sebastian touches it. See more »

Quotes

Helen Rosemont: Sebastian, I want you to meet Annette.
Sebastian: Well, well.
Annette: Hello.
Helen Rosemont: She'll be staying with me for a while.
Sebastian: I guess that makes two of us. Aunt Helen, why don't you go inside and whip us up some of that iced tea of yours. I'll... tend to Annette.
Helen Rosemont: All right. You two don't get into any trouble.
AnnetteSebastian: We won't.
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Written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Steven Alexander, James Rowntree and Dave Rowntree (as David Rowntree)
Performed by Blur
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Records America Inc.
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
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Cruel Intentions — High society teens ruining the reputation of others with sex and deceit
20 December 2012 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

Cruel Intentions is the perfect romantic drama. This fruit did not fall far from the Romeo & Juliet tree. Romance, love, plots, and drama are all turned modern and splendidly rendered. Add to that a great soundtrack, beautiful shots, tension, hot eroticism, sex, and you get the perfect mix for that type of flick.

All the actors are playing their best game, without exception. The story line is gripping, interesting, and it delivers without fail. The twists are numerous, non-repetitive, and scandalous.

This movie showed everybody that Sarah Michelle Gallar could play anything, because this role is as far from the vampire slayer as you can get.

A must see.


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