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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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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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In the game of seduction and betrayal, how far will you go? 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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Trivia

Roger Kumble began writing the script the day his 1997 play d girl, starring David Schwimmer. See more »

Goofs

When Sebastian drives home after going to lunch with Clorissa, he makes a U-turn which forces the taxis behind to stop. However, they start honking when his car goes right - this was obviously planned because there was no reason to assume he would U-turn. See more »

Quotes

Kathryn: I wanna FUCK!
Sebastian: And I don't.
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Version of Dangerous Liaisons (1988) See more »

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Money Hungry
Written and Performed by Marc Ferrari and Karen McAuley
Courtesy of Master Source
Published by Red Engine Music/American Shamrock Music
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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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