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Cruel Intentions (1999)

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Two wealthy step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to de-flower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term.



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Kathry Mertieul 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 Cecil, 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 ruins Cecil's reputation as revenge on Kat's ex-boyfriend, who left her for Cecil.

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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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Release Date:

5 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cruel Inventions  »

Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£4,080,631 (UK) (13 August 1999)

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14 October 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that you'll hate yourself for liking. It's another teen update of a classic story, in this case, Dangerous Liasons. Good acting, competent direction, nice cinematography, and an excellent soundtrack make this one entertaining viewing. 6.5/10.

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