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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, daughter of the headmaster at their school, 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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Rated R for strong sexual dialogue and sexual situations involving teens, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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$10,500,000 (estimated)

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$13,020,565 (USA) (7 March 1999)

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$38,328,567 (USA)
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Tara Reid and Joshua Jackson appeared together in Urban Legend (1998) the previous year. See more »

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When Dr. Greenbaum takes a note on billing for the book, a line is visible about Sebastian verging on psychopathic but it is misspelled as 'pyshopathic'. See more »

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Annette: [Reciting lines from the letter written to her warning her to stay away from Sebastian] Even more treacherous than he is attractive, he has never uttered a single word without some dishonorable intention. Every woman he has successfully pursued has regretted it. Stay away from him.
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Bittersweet Symphony
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Lyrics by Richard Ashcroft
Performed by The Verve
Worldwide copyright owner ABKCO Music Inc.
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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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