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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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In the game of seduction and betrayal, how far will you go? 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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5 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cruel Inventions  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$38,328,567 (USA)
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Cruel Intentions (1999) heavily influenced the 2002 story-line in the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street (1960) which Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) makes a bet with Bev Unwin (Susie Blake) to sleep with Roy Cropper (David Neilson). See more »

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When Sebastian goes to see Annette you can see her bra above her top but in the next shot you can't see it anymore. See more »

Quotes

Cecile Caldwell: [Kathryn is watching Cecile from a video cam] Peace out.
Kathryn: Peace out? What a moron.
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Version of Dangerous Liaisons (1988) See more »

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Praise You
Written by Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook) and Camille Yarbrough
Performed by Fatboy Slim
Courtesy of Astralwerks under exclusive license from Skint Records Ltd.
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc./Songs of PolyGram International Publishing Inc./Maat Music. Inc.
Features a sample from "Take Yo Praise"
By Camille Yarbrough
Under license from Welk Music Group
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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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